Transcript Workflow

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This is where we coordinate to get transcripts of every episode completed. If you want to help, join The Portal Transcripts Discord. This is part of the Transcript Completion Project.

To see our progress, check out The Portal Media Progress.

Getting Started

Add Podcast Episode Information to Wiki

  • Find new episodes of The Portal Podcast.
  • Create a page for the podcast episode. Here's the list of [all episodes].
  • Put description at top without a heading so that the Table of Contents is below the description.
  • Add the thumbnail using the format of this URL. All you have to do is change the YouTube ID in the URL to get the large thumbnail for any video.
  • Buttons: next, prev, mp3, art19, etc.

Join the Transcripts Discord

Pick an Episode that You'd Like to Work On

  • Tell us which episode you'd like to do some work on.

See What Status It's In

Working on a Transcript

Make a Machine Readable Version

  • Get the MP3 (from the episode wiki page)
  • Import the MP3 into Descript
  • Export a VTT file from Descript
    • Check the "Remove ums/uhs Checkbox"
  • Upload VTT file to wiki
  • Link VTT file in The Portal Media Progress

Run Through Alex's VTT Parsing Program

Find the VTT Parsing Program on Github

  • Either ping Alex (Buhlean#2694) and wait


  • Download Python 3.x, download the Conversion Script (discord) and follow the instructions in the file
  • open the output '_wiki.txt' file
  • Paste into Wiki

Make Human-Made Version

  • Add your name to the "Responsibility" column in The Portal Media Progress, so people know who to contact with questions.
  • Make edits to the wiki. All progress will be tracked in the "View History" tab.
    • If you want your name to be listed in the History, then you'll need to create an account. (New user accounts are temporarily locked due to vandalism. Contact Brandon and he'll unlock things to let you create an account.)
  • Once you feel like you're done, change the Transcript Status to "Human-Made" in The Portal Media Progress.

Update VTT file with Human-Made Version

Run Through VTT Parser to Make Wiki-Friendly Text

  • Paste new version to wiki.
  • Update "Transcript Notes".

Annotating a Transcript

Other Media

Create a table here for other media the community finds relevant or useful.