Fusebox Transcript Plugin

What is the Fusebox Transcript plugin?

The Fusebox Transcript plugin creates a space for you to beautifully display and offer downloads of podcast transcripts on your podcast episode pages. By displaying your podcast transcripts, you enhance your website's SEO and provide your audience an accessibility-friendly way to consume your podcast.

Want to see the Fusebox Transcript plugin in action? Check it out here!

After you subscribe to Fusebox, you will be given access to a Fusebox account where you can download your copy of the transcript plugin. To add it to your website, follow these steps (note: this is the same process as adding the player plugin):

  1. Download the Fusebox Transcript plugin zip file to your computer.
  2. Go to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Plugins and click Add New.
  3. Next to "Add Plugins" click Upload Plugin and upload the Fusebox Transcript zip file.
  4. After you successfully upload the zip file, click Activate to make sure you activate the plugin (otherwise it will not work).
  5. That's it!

Fusebox Transcript Settings

After you add the Fusebox Transcript plugin, you'll see a new menu in Settings for Fusebox Transcript (see screenshot below). There are three tabs in your Fusebox Transcript Settings: General, Downloads, and Rev Integration. Here's the breakdown:

General Tab:

  • Fusebox License Key: For Pro subscribers, you will need to add your license key here to unlock your Pro features. (Free subscribers don't have a license key.)
  • Transcript Header Text: In version 1.1 of the Transcript Plugin, we've added the ability to customize your header text! Rather than just "transcript" add your podcast name or whatever you'd like. Here's an example of what it could look like:

  • Display Download Button: If you'd like to not show the PDF download option, toggle this off, or on if you'd like the PDF download option for your audience.

  • Post Types: The transcript editor is designed for Pages and Posts in WordPress. But if there are specific post types you want to be able to use the Fusebox Transcript plugin with, add them here. An example could be "Podcast" if you have a post type in WordPress called "Podcast."

Downloads Tab:

  • Show Logo URL: Drop your podcast logo URL in here. This logo will display on the downloadable PDF when listeners click "Download" on the front end.
  • Show Title: Add your podcast title here. This, like the logo URL, will display on the downloaded PDF.
  • Multiple Podcasts: If your site has multiple podcasts (as in the example below), you'll add podcasts in the Podcast Name section, click Save Changes at the bottom, and that will give you a drop-down menu in the Podcast section at the top to pick your podcast and associate the correct Show Logo URL and Show Title with each. 

Rev Integration Tab:

As of version 1.1 of the Transcript Plugin, we have API integration with Rev.com, one of the leaders in transcription services! If you have a Rev account, you no longer need to login to Rev, download your .txt file, and upload it to your Transcript Plugin. Instead, with the Rev API integration, you can access and add all of your Rev transcriptions swiftly from the Transcript Plugin itself. (Integration available for Pro subscribers only.)

For more info on how to set up Rev and Fusebox Transcript, go here.

  • Rev API User Key: You will grab this in your Rev account. When you log into your Rev account, click on Settings in the left-hand menu. Go to API User Key section and click REGENERATE (first image below). Rev lets you Regenerate the key, but not view it. After you click REGENERATE, make sure to copy your API user key and save it someplace. That is the key that will be copied and pasted into your Rev API User Key section (second image below).

Once you've added your Rev API User Key in your Rev Integration tab of your transcript settings, click Save Changes. Then click Get transcript metadata to pull the transcriptions you have from your Rev account into your WordPress website. Once you do that, you will see your Rev options in the Transcript Plugin editor. 

If you're using the Rev.com integration, go here!

Adding the Final Touches 

Now that your Fusebox Transcript plugin is uploaded and your settings are all set, it's time to put the Transcript to work! Before you actually add the transcription, you need to do one very important thing:

Add a Fusebox Transcript shortcode. Under your track player, add a shortcode widget (if you're using Gutenberg editor; or shortcode if you're using classic editor) and type in the following shortcode: [fusebox_transcript]. Like this:

After you add the [fusebox_transcript] shortcode, the transcript on the front end will work. Finally, on each page and post (and whatever other post type you clarify in the settings), you'll now see a Transcripts area at the bottom of the page or post editor. It will look like this:

Because, in my example, I've added two podcasts in my settings (Smart Passive Income and AskPat 2.0), that's why you see the toggle menu with the two podcast options. In this case, I am going to add in a transcript for Smart Passive Income episode 398 by clicking the Upload text file button and uploading my .txt file from Rev (the transcription service we use and love). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: On your page or post, scroll down to the very bottom to see your Transcript area where you add your transcription.

After uploading the text file, it looks like this:

And now for the reveal! Here's how all that looks on the front end for your podcast audience:

Notes About Text and Formatting

Your text should be a .txt file. Most transcription services (Otter, Rev, Temi) will provide you with a .txt file for your audio files. Whatever HTML is typed into the box, that is what's displayed. We don't do anything to the text. If you upload a text file, we put all of that into the text box as-is, with two exceptions:
  1. If a line starts with any text and then a colon, we put a bold tag at the start of the line and a close bold tag after the colon. (It's assumed this is a speaker's name.)
  2. Anytime there's a carriage return, we add a paragraph tag
Downloads work a little differently. When creating the PDF, we strip out all the tags from the output, and obey the following HTML tags:
  • i / em: text in italics
  • b / strong: text in bold
  • u: text underlined
  • p: Add two carriage returns
  • br: Add one carriage return
  • a: create link

If you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to reach us at help@fusebox.fm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will the Fusebox Transcript plugin transcribe my podcast for me?
A: No, actually. The plugin displays your transcriptions, giving your transcribed podcast a beautiful front end with an option for your users to download. It's not transcription software. We recommend Rev or Temi for that. 

Q: Do I get the transcript plugin if I am subscribed on the free plan?
A: Yes, both Fusebox Pro and free subscribers get access to the Fusebox Transcript plugin.

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