7.2 Preferences

Select the Edit > Options... menu (Mac users select InqScribe > Preferences...) to modify application-wide preferences for InqScribe. The Preferences dialog is split into two panes.

7.2.1 General Preferences


InqScribe can create automatic backup (autosave) files to preserve your work if you suffer a system crash. You can define the interval between saves here. Backup files are automatically recovered the first time you run InqScribe after a crash.


If you're not happy with InqScribe's sizing of new windows, you can override it here.

You can also indicate whether you want timecodes in your transcript marked with a specific color. Click the color chip to change the color used.


When Pitch Lock is checked, when you play back media faster or slower than normal, QuickTime will try to preserve the natural pitch of the audio track. Most of the time, this works. A couple things to know about this setting.

  • First, think of Pitch Lock as a suggestion, not a command. QuickTime will try to preserve pitch, but for certain kinds of media this isn't possible.
  • If you change the Pitch Lock setting, it takes affect the next time you open a media source. Existing movies that have already loaded will not be affected. You can use the Media > Reload Media menu item to reload the media with the new Pitch Lock setting.
  • Windows Media users may be wondering if they need to set this. You don't: Windows Media tries to preserve pitch automatically, but like QuickTime, it isn't always successful.

You can also specify the default aspect ratio for loaded media sources. Normally, "Use Media Ratio" is fine, but if you're working with a lot of anamorphic footage you may want to set this to another value, like 16:9.

Windows-only: Windows users will note that you can use either QuickTime or Windows Media Player as InqScribe's preferred player. The preferred player is used when InqScribe opens a media source that both QuickTime and Windows Media know how to play. For media formats that are specific to QuickTime (.mov) or Windows Media (.wmv), the appropriate player will always be used. Generally, we recommend using QuickTime because it offers a bit more control over playback. If you are having trouble playing a particular media file in InqScribe, try switching your preferred media player from Windows Media Player to QuickTime (or vice versa). Often changing the default player that InqScribe uses will address the problem.


If "Automatically Check For Updates" is checked, InqScribe will automatically query the InqScribe web site once a week to see if a new version has been released.

You can also use the Check Now button to check for a new version at any time. (The Check For Updates... menu item does the same thing.)

Privacy Note: When InqScribe checks for a new version, it sends enough information for the InqScribe web site to determine if you have the latest version and if the newest version is a free update for you. This requires sending an encrypted version of your license code. If you'd rather not send this information, turn off automatic checking.

Edit Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts and text snippets are saved with your preferences file. This button opens the shortcut editing dialog.

7.2.2 New Document Preferences

These preferences define the transcript settings for newly created documents. They do not affect the settings of existing, already open documents.

See the transcript setting page for more information about these settings.