Hack for transcription: Import an audio or video file in Otter


You can import (upload) audio or video files to Otter from your computer or mobile device. When you import a file, Otter will process the audio speech and create a transcription.

Otter supports the following file formats:

Audio formats

  • AAC (listed in the Finder with the .m4p filename extension)
  • MP3
  • M4A (including Apple voice memos)
  • WAV
  • WMA

Video formats

  • AVI
  • MOV (QuickTime)
  • MPEG
  • MP4
  • WMV

Import files

💡Tip: If you are importing a large file, we recommend that you make sure your computer does not hibernate or go to sleep, as this can cause issues during the upload.

  1. Sign in to Otter.
  2. Click Import . On a mobile device, tap .
  3. Choose or drag the file you want to import.
  4. Once the file has finished importing, the conversation is saved with the name of the filename to My Conversations.

The imported file must be processed before viewing it. Otter will send an email when the process is completed.

Learn more about processing.

Import an Apple voice memo

  1. Tap a memo in the list, tap , then tap Share.
  2. Tap the Otter app icon.
  3. Change the name and select where to share to (by default the conversation is saved to My Conversations).
  4. Tap Import​.