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Enhancing Productivity with Voice-to-Text: A Guide to Transcribing Voice Memos with Deepgram and AI

Master the art of productivity with voice-to-text technology. Learn how to transcribe voice memos into text using Deepgram and AI tools like Claude. This guide walks you through the process, from recording your thoughts to leveraging Large Language Models (LLM) for deeper insights.

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Enhancing Productivity with Voice-to-Text: A Guide to Transcribing Voice Memos with Deepgram and AI

Harnessing the Power of Voice-to-Text Technology for Enhanced Productivity

In today’s digital era, transforming spoken words into written text is not just a convenience, but a powerful tool for productivity. Whether you’re gearing up for a presentation, ideating for a project, or simply capturing your thoughts, transcription services like Deepgram are pivotal in optimizing your workflow.

This guide is designed to navigate you through the process of transcribing voice memos, into text and extracting audio from MP4 files using VLC. But the journey doesn’t end there. The ultimate objective is to feed your spoken words or the audio from any MP4 video file into a Large Language Model (LLM). This opens up a world of possibilities, enabling you to leverage the power of LLM to gain deeper insights, refine your ideas, and even converse using your transcribed words.

Welcome to the future of digital communication! 


  • A voice memo recorded in mp3/m4a audio format. 
  • VLC media player installed on your computer. 
  • An account with Deepgram. 

Step 1: Recording Your Thoughts and Preparing Your Presentation 

Before you can transcribe your voice memos, you first need to record your thoughts or your presentation preparation. This can be done using any voice recording app on your device. If you’re preparing a presentation, consider walking throughHow to voice memo with deepgram an AI your slides and recording what you want to say about each one. This not only helps you prepare but also provides valuable content that can be transcribed and used later. 

How to Record a Voice Memo on Your iPhone

  1. Open the Voice Memos App and Start a New Recording: Start the Voice Memos app on your iPhone. (You can Say “Hey Siri, open voice memo.”  Tap the “New Recording” button and begin speaking your thoughts or ideas into the microphone.  Once you’re done, press the “Stop” button. Your voice memo is now saved.
  2. Upload to your Desktop: Transfer the recorded audio file to your computer. I use Voice Memo on my iPhone and I Air Drop the files to my computer.


Step 2: Extracting Audio from MP4 Files Using VLC 

deepgram how toIf you have an MP4 file and you want to extract the audio, you can use VLC. VLC is a free and open-source media player that also offers a variety of media conversion capabilities. By following a few simple steps, you can strip the audio from your MP4 file and save it as a separate file. Deepgram has the ability to transcribe from MP4, but I have found it to hang up with large video files. I prefer to strip the audio from the video utilizing VLC. I have a 100% transcribe rate with mp3 or m4a files uploaded into Deepgram. 

  1. Open VLC: Start VLC media player on your computer. Click on “File” > “Convert/Stream”. 
  2. Add Your MP4 File: Click the “Open Media” button to select and load your video file into VLC. 
  3. Choose Profile: Click on “Customize” to open the conversion settings.  You want to select “Audio-MP3”.
  4. Choose Destination: Click “Browse”, save the changes, and choose a destination for the converted file.  Make sure you add .mp3 to the filename
  5. Save to Start Conversion: Click “Save” to begin the conversion. The resulting video file will be saved as an audio mp3 file, which you can use in Deepgram.


Step 3: Transcribing Voice Memos into Text with Deepgram 

Once you have your voice memos or any recording for that matter, you can upload them to Deepgram. Deepgram uses AI technology to analyze the audio file and generate an accurate text transcript. This text can then be used to create AI conversations, draft presentation scripts, or document your brainstorming sessions. 

Transcribing Audio with Deepgram 

1. Login to Deepgram: Log into your newly created Deepgram account and click “API Playground”.