Are there video editors in this group that regularly use transcript metadata to speed up your edits? Beyond searching for keywords, are there any other ways that transcripts can be used to make your editing more efficient?
Oh my gawd, yes. My absolute favorite new (free and open source!) tool for any interview-based editing is called AutoEdit3 – it’s an AI transcription tool that allows you to build paper edits which can be exported to EDLs. It is a HUGE time-saver, and feels like cheating. There are companies out there charging subscription fees for the exact same service.
You can set it up to transcribe using a free Mozilla Text-To-Speech engine, or select from a couple higher-quality options that require payment after a certain amount of hours of transcription.
Once the transcript comes back, you can edit it to correct any errors. THEN the magic happens.
You go to another interface that allows you to highlight and drag phrases from one page to another to create a paper edit. And once you have your paper edit, you can export a number of different formats; the most useful one is an EDL.
Then, you import the EDL, connect your media, and BOOM: you have your first cut, which you built by copypasting text. It is GREAT.