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Use AppleScript to create QuickTime transcription aids
Authored by: inakaboy on Nov 17, '12 08:39:36PM

I used Listen&Type for years and it helped me pay my way through college. :)

Now that it doesn't work on Intel Macs, these scripts were a godsend! I can more or less duplicate the rather smart defaults of the original Listen&Type. The below macros do the following:
- TAB goes back 3 seconds
- SHIFT-TAB stops and starts the audio
- CONTROL-TAB toggles the macros

Howto:
- Download QuickTime Player 7 from Apple and enter the pro key
- Get Keyboard Maestro
- Configure three macros as follows:
1. transcription step back -- "This hot key" - "Tab" --> Execute Applescript. Paste in:
tell application "QuickTime Player 7"
if the movie 1 is playing then
step backward movie 1 by 10
play movie 1
else
play movie 1
end if
end

2. transcription stop/start - "This Hot Key" - "Shift-Tab" --> Execute Applescript. Paste in:
tell application "QuickTime Player 7"
if the movie 1 is playing then
stop movie 1
else
play movie 1
end if
end

3. transcription enable/disable - "This hot key" - "Control-Tab" --> put two "Set Macro or Group Enable" actions in there, set "Toggle Macro", and make it toggle the previously configured two macros.

One detail, I can't figure out how to properly get it to start/stop using shift-tab or shift-return as when you lift the shift key, it seems to run the macro again. I might just assign it to another key.

With these macros I can happily transcribe on my laptop. :)



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