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Playback Settings for ES

Posted By: twing on 2009-05-26
In Reply to: Need Express Scribe help with foot pedal controls - Lisa

Hello.  You can go to the Playback Settings in ES and find the Auto Backstep on Stop heading.  Mine is set to 1780 that allows for a reasonable auto backstep. You can adjust to your liking.  Once you do that, go to "Control" and run the Footpedal Setup Wizard.  That should do it!  Best of luck.

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Click on Settings and it is under the Playback tab.
Settings, Playback settings.
Increase or decrease the steps in Rewind.
Try changing the speeds under Settings/Playback. I have my RW on 800/150 and
Play with the settings under Playback & Control and
Express Scribe users.....what are your preferred Playback settings?.....sm
I am starting to use this and would like to optimize the settings.  TIA
Go to file, settings, playback, auto backset on stop about half way down.....sm
I have mine on 1500. Hope that helps!
if you use playback and proof at the
same time that this feature would not be of benefit to you. Oh well, thanks for being honest.
A word about playback

After you record your sound file in the sound recorder program, you might want to download Express Scribe as it can play back the .wav file using hand controls on your keyboard.  It uses the function keys, but if you like you can change the keys to anything you like.  The sound recorder can be used to play back but is a bit cumbersome. 

So, my suggestion would be to re-record using sound recorder and play back using Express Scribe which is free to download from the web.  And if you are alone when you transcribe you won't even need a headphone, just play it through your computer speakers. 

The web address for Express Scribe is www.nch.com.au/scribe


playback speed
Thank you, I will check on this. You all have been so helpful. Thank you very much!
Under Playback, my pedal is on 300 and 100..sm
for both rewind and forward. You might have to UNclick the Quick tap on play..box that's under the Control tab and see if that helps, too. nm
Playback Software

Getting my terms straight here   I did my research and the software used to 'play' the dictation is called Professional Digital Transcription Playback Software -  DTPS.

The few I've worked with always have that annoying feature where you can't modify the voice speed.  Are they all like that?

I'm just wondering what the PDTPS is like at a company I've applied for.  BTW - I made up that abbreviation - may not be accurate!

Right now I'm on C-phone. I'm okay with a C-phone.  I'm not real keen on the sound quality experience I've had with playback software.  Can you not slow them down?

Thanks for letting me pick your brain!!!


playback software
I used Bytescribe, but there is a free one out there called Express Scribe.  I am not sure how good it is though.
DocQScribe Playback Speed

Over the past months I have been trying to convince superiors at MQ of the need to have the playback speed increased even more than we are able to at the present.  I proofread all reports and when you have a slow dictator, it can take forever.  If you agree, please make a post and maybe that will convince them to do something about it.

Escription playback question...

When using Escription how do I get the playback to rewind 2-3 seconds when I release the foot pedal?  So when I stop and restart it will replay a few word rather than starting out exactly from where I released the pedal? 


I'm hoping this makes sense.

Need some help with pedal playback function!
Ack! I am using Audioworx and wanted to make my pedal back up a couple seconds everytime I lift it and press it back down. I changed the Auto Backspace amount and now it keeps going back to the beginning of the audio file. Even when I set the amount to 0, it goes back to the beginning. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance.

express scribe playback

Just switched to a new computer and put Express Scribe on it and got my foot pedal up and running and just sat down to do some work when I noticed the foot pedal play back is weird.  The timing is okay but when I let my foot up it does not stop until I press it again and then I have to give it another tap to begin playing again.  I am used to letting up and it stops and pushing down and it plays! Simple stuff... until now.

Has anyone had this?  I am getting really frustrated.. may have to contact Express Scribe with this issue but wanted to see if anyone has downloaded the current version of Express Scribe and came across this.  Thanks!

Who wants playback speed increased on DocQScribe?

Sorry to repeat this post, but was hoping for a better response, so have moved it to the top again.

Over the past months I have been trying to convince superiors at MQ of the need to have the playback speed increased even more than we are able to at the present.  I proofread all reports and when you have a slow dictator, it can take forever.  If you agree, please make a post and maybe that will convince them to do something about it.

ES is not a transcription application; it is an audio playback app.
ES provides the means by which to obtain and play audio files. You actually transcribe these in any text-editing application.

Some text-editing apps such as Word have provision for counting production such as characters, words, lines, etc. Or, you can use a third app such as Sylcount for the counting function.

Questions like these should really be directed to your supervisor for the best answers.
Need help with playback speed on Dictaphone C-phone
Please help!! Can't figure out how to slow down the MD
It's Express Scribe. Gotta play with the playback controls
A WAV pedal controls playback of voice files. You need a software program through which to play the

The term "WAV pedal" has become a generic term. The software that you use will determine the file type(s) that you are able to play on your computer. You use either a pedal or hot keys (Fkeys) to control that playback. As stated below, Express Scribe is one such software program and it is free. It can be found by clicking on the link below.

Yes . . . it is under settings
Playback tab, then Auto-backstep on stop
I am using Express Scribe, and I tried the settings and that didn't help. Thank you!
Yes, I am afraid I did all of that. It keeps coming back and saying that it is not a supported file. Thank you very much for helping!
Under settings. sm
Click Playback tab. For Rewind, I have set mine to 500 and Speed at 150.
Try the Settings.
Under playback tab you can change the rewind. Mine is set at Step (ms) 500 and Speed (%) 150.
Go into Settings.
On the Control tab use the footpedal setup wizard to set what part of the pedal does what. On the Playback tab, you can change the backspace. On the
Have You Tried the Settings?
I haven't used Express Scribe since school, but have you changed the settings?  I had to change it to change the settings for what food petal I was using.  The one I chose was V-something (VEC?  VRC?) 3-pedal, I can't remember. 
It may have to do with your settings sm
under File, preferences. Make sure you don't have verify target window checked. Also, may be the pause....after so many keytstrokes. Play around with that one. Every body is different but what works for me is pause 5 msec after 1000 keystrokes.

Also, try waiting for the expansion to appear before you type the word after it.

And below, make sure you have simulate Keystrokes checked.
On Exp Scribe, click on settings,file type, and if you don't what type of file, just check them all. Then give it a try and see what happens.
Did you try the settings on the
monitor itself.  Mine has buttons to push to change the screen size and my old one had a dial.  That's about as much as help as I can give. 
Did you check all your settings and especially....
your password in OE? If so, is the Spamgard on in Yahoo so that it is keeping from going to your OE?
Settings, control and then where?
Settings, control and then where - can you help me?

Thanks so much!
Settings on my computer??? sm
Do you know how to check those?  Thanks for your help!
see message for my settings. sm
variable speed 50 to 150
tone low frequency 1500
back step 1500
mode: constant
rewind: 500 and 150
forward: 500 and 150
I DID go into the settings and *told* it what to --sm
count. It was still very inconsistent and would not count headers, even though I *told* it to. I would count lines with it and then recount with Sylcount and Abacus was always fewer lines. This was just MY experience with it and I don't need to be made to sound like I am not familiar enough with these programs to not do the *settings* correctly. thank you.
it depends on the settings
I worked before for gross lines, but it depends on the margins and the font setup.  I had one account that was Ariel 12 and the other was only a font of 10.  With the 12 font I got more lines credited as opposed to the 10 font.  Working at 9 cpl without spaces actually evens out to about the same as the lesser amount with spaces.  You can download Abacus and then take a document you have typed and have it count it without spaces and with gross lines and then see the difference, it's really not that much.
click settings then...sm
under Playback tab, adjust the Auto Backstep on Stop (0-5000ms). 1000ms = 1 second.
Go to settings, then file and
it gives you a spot to put the number of days to delete files.
Thanks so much - still having problems.  Got the wizard to work on a couple of ports, but only to the push rewind pedal - then will do nothing - locks up and goes crazy with buttons on Express Scribe flashing continuously...any ideas?
Will do both, but how do I get those settings back?
Mine won't let me do that. Wonder if it could have to do with the settings? nm
Changing settings

You can change the settings.   With your mouse on the main desk top screen, right click and go downto properties.  Go over to the settings tab and this will give you options for changing the font size.   You can change it in that setting by changing the pixel settings, or you can click on the Advanced button and change your DPI setting (or both).

Hope that helps.

I believe if you go into your settings while booting up. SM
On my PC if you push F2 or F8 during the boot up process it will take to your configuration settings.  There will be an option that will be able to clear the password so that you will not be asked for a password anymore.
Yes, I had looked at settings, but I don't see how
to do that. My screen is stretched now, and maybe I'm looking at the wrong place. I dunno....I'm seriously challenged when it comes to this stuff....thanks for replying
Daytime 70, nighttime 65 for my AC settings. nm
In the settings, click the Incoming tab...
and then you can select file(s) for Express Scribe to scan. Then it will scan those and will load files automatically.
Did you try the Settings in Express Scribe?

The pedal controls won't work until you open Express Scribe, go to Settings/Settings.../Control, and select VEC Pedals USB or something like that; 3-pedals.  Then, you click on "Foot Pedal Control Setup Wizard" and it will have you to press rewind, fast forward, and play.  After that, the pedal *should* work.

I received ByteScribe with my USB foot pedal but I didn't like it so I uninstalled it and downloaded Express Scribe with no additional software.

If that doesn't work, I really don't know what to tell you.  Sorry .


I could see much better but the settings slowed down my computer..sm..
I didn't have any trouble getting it back though.  Hope you find something that works. 
I didn't like what settings I chose (sm)
using Tonks directions so I tried changing back to the original settings and had a bit of trouble regaining them. Just a heads up for anyone wanting to try changing your settings using the wizard. You might create a system restore point before you make any changes so you can easily restore your old settings if need be.
You would have to change the margin settings.
Under Styles, find the List Number and change the hanging indent setting. This will then apply to all documents based on that template.