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aws-powershell-transcribe2srt - A Media File to SRT Converter

This projects demonstrates the use of the AWS Transcribe service and PowerShell to create an SRT (subtitle) file from a media file. You can find some posts on my blog at

Makes use of:

  • PowerShell Core
  • AWS PowerShell Core Cmdlets
  • AWS S3
  • AWS Transcribe Service


Prerequisites :

  • An existing AWS account. You can sign up for a Free Tier account here:
  • Credentials and configuration setup for use with AWS CLI/AWS PowerShell Core Cmdlets. See here for information on how to do this.
  • PowerShell Core (available cross platform)
  • An MP4 media file


If not already done, clone this repo from either source or your own fork

Start a terminal session

Launch PowerShell Core

➜  ~  pwsh

Change to the src directory of the cloned repo

set-location ~/git/aws-transcribe2srt/src/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


**NOTE: The following steps are covered in the sample.ps1 file that is also in the src folder. **

The actions below only need to be carried out once per PowerShell session. It won't hurt if you do them more than once, but the only benefit will be a couple of extra seconds convincing your boss that you're busy with work.

Import the required modules and dotsource the functions

Import-Module AWSPowerShell.NetCore
. ./ConvertTo-Srt.ps1
. ./Get-AWSTranscription.ps1

Define Variables for the Generation of the SRT File

If this is the first run during the current PowerShell session, execute all of the following commands

If not, then all you need to do is change the appropriate variable(s)

Define the Parameters for the AWS Cmdlets

$awsparams = @{
    profilename = 'development'
    region      = 'eu-west-1' 

Specify your S3 bucket

$bucket = 'tim-training-thing'

Specify the Location of the Video (mp4) File

$path = "~/Desktop/videoplayback.mp4"

Specify the Name of the SRT File to be Created

$destinationPath = '~/Desktop/'

Transcribe the mp4 File

We just need to assign a variable to the result of the Get-AWSTranscription cmdlet

$transcription = Get-AWSTranscription -AWSDefaultParameters $awsparams -Bucket $bucket -Path $path

Convert the Results to an SRT File

The results of the transcript are fed into the ConvertTo-Srt cmdlet, which handles the processing of the data and creating the SRT file from it.

ConvertTo-Srt -Transcription $transcription -DestinationPath $destinationPath


You can find a sample script, sample.ps1 which performs the above, in the src folder.

Known Issues

The end time entry for the last sequence in the SRT file is always wrong.


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


18/04/2018 : Developed on OSX 10.13.3 with PowerShell v6.0.2 release 19/04/2018 : Renamed repository


Apache 2.0 (see LICENSE)

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