Cognitive modelers have long used verbal protocol analysis to gather data to test their models. Recently developed tools offer support for automatic transcription of audio. In this short paper, we compare the time it takes to transcribe a video done (a) exclusively with Google’s subtitle tool, (b) corrected from Google’s subtitle tool, and (c) done completely by hand. We found that using the subtitle tool alone can yield too high an error rate, correcting Google subtitles took about 2.5x the video length, and transcribing completely by hand took approximately 11x the video length. We can thus recommend using Google subtitles as a starting point for verbal transcription as it offers a useful speed up in transcription. In addition, we can recommend when and how to use Google subtitles, and the use of headphones and automatic spelling correction in text editors.