Some areas require transcriptions such as captioning, which is a process that requires a video transcription. But also the secretarial, legal, research, etc. community. And, unfortunately, this is a monstrous time consuming task and not the most interesting in the world, either. To counter this, you may be wondering if it is possible to automate the task? The answer is yes! There are more and more new ways to make an automatic transcription, to your great delight. We will explain them to you.
To make an audio transcription you can do the work by hand or through applications that allow you to do it automatically.
These applications use voice recognition and voice input techniques. Speech recognition works by automatically recognizing speech and transforming it into text, which is called a transcription.
You may need automated transcripts for a variety of reasons: need to subtitle a video, need meeting minutes, need trial minutes... Transcripts are useful in a variety of areas from marketing to legal to secretarial work.
There are two ways to make an automatic transcription: either use an application directly to dictate what you want to transcribe, or record the data to be transcribed beforehand and then use an application.
Making a transcription by hand requires a lot of work since the audio has to be transcribed word for word. Fortunately, there are tools to automate this process. Here is a comparison of tech applications that allow you to make automatic transcriptions:
Google docs offers a voice input feature that allows you to dictate directly the words you want to transcribe.
Advantages: - to be able to make an instant transcription
Disadvantage: - can be used for note-taking instead
You can use Youtube to transcribe a video. To do this you must host your video on the platform then go to Creator Studio and create subtitles. You can use the automatic subtitling system then edit your subtitles and copy the text to get your transcription!
Advantages: - Automatically subtitle
Disadvantage: - Obligation to host your video on Youtube
Capté is a tool made in France that simplifies the subtitling process. Easier to use than Youtube, it allows you to make quality transcriptions of your video and audio content.
The automatic step-by-step transcription process :
Tip: Make sure you have clear audio, avoid music for example, so that the speech recognition is as efficient as possible to do the transcription.
And of course, Capté has a free offer to allow you to make unlimited transcriptions.
Speech recognition is used by most of these applications. This system recognizes human voices and then transcribes the audio into text, which is voice input. Today, voice input is used many times in everyday life without attention being paid to it. It is used with voice assistants such as Siri, Cortana, Alexa... or when typing an oral sms. Voice input is also used to enter queries in search engines. Voice input is used because algorithms need text to process information.
Speech recognition is improving a little more every day thanks to the learning machine. So in a few years, your automatic transcriptions will surely be even better than today.
Making a transcript can be of several interests:
Transcribing audio or video has a multitude of advantages. Transcripts are increasingly in demand, particularly to ensure accessibility for all. We are therefore seeing more and more podcasts transcribed or videos with subtitles. It is in this context that tools such as Capté are being developed to facilitate this task and allow everyone to make a transcription even without technical knowledge.
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