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What audio transcription software would you recommend?
Asked by Fantods
Posted Jun 09 2010 11:36 AM
Can anybody recommend audio transcription software, meaning software that will transcribe audio files, if such a thing exists? I'm working with several hours of WMA files of an interview.
Answered by macslocum
Posted Jun 10 2010 06:01 AM
If you find such a thing please let me know!
YouTube can kinda-sorta do transcriptions, but that's for video and the results are not ready for primetime (i.e. you'd still need to read through and edit).
You could also chunk up the audio into 5-10 minute clips and crowdsource the work through Crowdflower or Mechanical Turk.
If you're doing the transcriptions yourself, you should check out ExpressScribe. I've used it many times. It's a fantastic, free application that gives you a ton of control.
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Answered by BrianSawyer
Posted Jun 10 2010 06:19 AM
You might want to try Dragon Dictation. I haven't used the desktop software, but I've been fairly impressed with the free iPad app, which feels at least a little more accurate than, say, Google Voice transcriptions. For example, here's a transcription of me reading this response to the app on my iPad:
Comment by Fantods : Jun 10 2010 12:21 PM
Thank you for the responses!
However, I'm looking for something a little different: I have a three-hour audio interview already recorded, so Dragon would need to learn to recognize both my speech and that of my interview subject. Is such a thing possible?
Thank you in advance for your thoughts!
Answered by msilver
Posted Jun 11 2010 02:07 PM
Dragon's NaturallySpeaking software for Windows looks like it allows you to input audio from some other source. It'd have to be processed in realtime... you couldn't just send it a wav file and expect it to process the audio in a matter of minutes unless all you had was a few minutes of audio.
Their "Feature Comparison Matrix" shows that everything but the $99 version "allows transcription from digital recorders, Pocket PC, PalmOne Tungsten." The software starts at $199 for that feature, and the price goes up steeply from there.
It doesn't look like they have a demo, however.
Answered by Phrankie
Posted Apr 20 2011 12:03 PM
I think Adobe's Speech Analysis software in Premiere Pro and Sound Booth is pretty amazing. You import the file, select the clip and push the analyze speech button. It will take a couple hours for that length of clip, but it comes out fairly accurate (depending on the sound quality) and is timecode accurate. You can also copy and paste the file into word. The product is pretty amazing and they have a 30 trial for CS5 which includes both Premiere and Sound Booth which would probably be enough time to get what you need done. I realize you are probably done with this project now, but this info's always good to know.
Answered by djtrouten
Posted Jul 19 2011 08:23 PM
You might try "Voicebase" (www.voicebase.com). It's free for basic use, and will give you a fairly decent transcription, but you'll have to clean it up.
Answered by Obbie_Z
Posted Jul 21 2011 10:24 AM
Fantods: here's the workaround for transcribing interviews with Dragon Naturally Speaking:
You train DNS to your voice. Play the interview in headphones, and repeat every word into the microphone for DNS to transcribe.
It's a hoop, but a relatively easy one. A lot easier than manually typing every word.
Answered by andrewp
Posted May 02 2012 01:01 PM
The audio voice recognition may not be identical in most software. Hence, your audio files might get transcribed wrong using the software.
Audio and Video files should be transcribed by humans manually because multiple speakers are recognized by any software.
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Answered by Tinemarie
Posted May 11 2012 09:23 AM
If you want accurate transcription I prefer real humans transcribing and analyzing word for word. Try the transcribers at Fiverr.com, very affordable, accurate and fast services.
Answered by girlmac
Posted Jun 05 2012 09:25 AM
Yes, I also had a need to transcribe AUDIO files, as opposed to direct dictation sitting at my computer in real time.
A lot of people didn't understand this when I asked them and there still seems to be a real hole in the market for this, so I understand your frustration....
Eventually I found the only way that worked with my Mac setup was this:
Macspeech Scribe is a program for Mac.
Perhaps I should describe how I use it to highlight how it is different from Dictate and the like.
I record audio on my ipod/ iphone, then upload that audio file to itunes so I have a WAV file that I want transcribed. I export the WAV file to Desktop.
I then open the MacSpeech Scribe application on my Mac and select that WAV file to be transcribed from the Desktop and the program transcribes it while I am off getting a cup of tea.
Transcription is a bit faster than real time and takes a few minutes.
I come back and clean up some of the errors (this gets better over time as it recognises the way you speak) and then I copy and paste the transcription into a word doc.
Works best with shorter audio files than one big long one.
This is the only way I have found to do this on a Mac setup.
But be warned. There are many bugs still.
And you do need to train it up to recognise your profile. Probably wont do two people in an interview.
For some reason it crashes on Lion a bit and I need to reinstall the program every so often, but overall it does what you need.
Answered by Alden Poon
Posted Jul 07 2012 10:34 AM
I am looking for a audio transcription software as well that able to transcript Chinese/Mandarin
Answered by Andrew Robl
Posted Jul 16 2012 03:35 AM
Speech to text service. I am happy with the service I am receiving. It's cheap and accurate transcription.
I have used Dragon software, but... In my opinion for the average person this software is frustrating and almost never seems to work right.
Answered by Mariam Abbas
Posted Jul 20 2012 06:14 AM
Through Speech to Text Service you do not need a transcription software such as "Dragon Naturally Speaking" or "Express Scribe". All you have to do is to upload the text file, and choose within how many days you want it to get transcribed.
It is really as simple as it sounds.
Answered by john Smith_3406
Posted Oct 04 2012 04:10 AM
There are many Audio transcription sotwares available,but the Software could recognize a single voice only and that has to be trained and it is a long process. I have used many paid transcription services before and I suggest http://intellecttranscriptions.com/ for an accurate and an economical online transcription service. You can contact them and get your work done in a very economical and a hassle free way.
Answered by Ms Kay
Posted Jan 26 2013 11:28 AM
I am an at home transcriptionist. I use Expressscribe and TheRecordPlayer. They are free downloads and work very well. I use TheRecordPlayer the most. CaseViewer is another program.
Answered by jayare
Posted Feb 02 2013 04:18 AM
Can someone who has had success with this audio transcription post some step by step instruction about how they got it to work? i downloaded the free version of Express Scribe and I have Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking. It would be so good to be able to have these automatically transcribe some discussions I have loaded on to my computer.
Answered by Transcriptions Services
Posted Feb 08 2013 09:47 AM
Using audio transcription software, it is become necessary to spend time behind proofread. So I recommend do it manually or outsource to other company instead of using audio transcription software. There are many online transcription company available that transcribe audio files instantly and also at very economical rate.
Answered by Hi-Tech Transcription Services
Posted Feb 10 2013 08:46 PM
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Answered by Outsourcing Transcription Services
Posted Feb 12 2013 08:45 PM
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Answered by Hi-Tech Legal Transcription Services
Posted Feb 17 2013 08:20 PM
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Answered by Henry Scott
Posted Feb 18 2013 09:44 PM
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Answered by Habile Data
Posted Feb 18 2013 09:55 PM
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Answered by tom2_2804
Posted Mar 08 2013 09:26 PM
There are many transcription softwares like dragon and they need extensive training.
The software may be fine with single speaker audio and if the audio involves 2 or more then it will be a collapsed.
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Answered by Habile Data
Posted Apr 02 2013 05:24 AM
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Posted Apr 07 2013 08:34 PM
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