Software for transcription?

22 Jan 2010 - 5:00pm
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Suzanne Ginsburg
2009

Can anyone recommend software for automatically transcribing audio
from user interviews? The audio could be from a voice or video
recorder.

Thanks,
Suzanne

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22 Jan 2010 - 5:08pm
Sharon Greenfield5
2008

Mechanical Turk on Amazon.

On Jan 22, 2010, at 2:00 PM, Suzanne Ginsburg wrote:

> Can anyone recommend software for automatically transcribing audio
> from user interviews? The audio could be from a voice or video
> recorder.
>
> Thanks,
> Suzanne
>
>
> blog: http://www.iphoneuxreviews.com/
> work: http://www.ginsburg-design.com
> twitter: http://twitter.com/suzanneginsburg
>
>
>
>
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22 Jan 2010 - 5:27pm
Marco Di Costanzo
2009

You may want to look at Adobe Soundbooth. Good luck.
http://www.adobe.com/products/soundbooth/

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23 Jan 2010 - 5:41am
Graham Sear
2010

Hi Suzanne,

Unfortunately no such software exists, as was the big issue with
spinvox. You're best bet is to use some transcription software such
as Express scribe (which is free) http://www.nch.com.au/scribe that
will allow you to control the speed of the playback while you are
transcribing the interviews. Or, as already suggested you could crowd
source the entire work.

Hope that helps

Graham

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24 Jan 2010 - 1:13am
Chauncey Wilson
2007

I experimented with Dragon Naturally Speaking transcription features
using an approved digital recorder. The transcription of your own
voice is reasonable, but when I tried to transcribe voices other than
my own, the text came out like really bad beatnick poetry - it was
very entertaining and was something like this:

"The red snake came dow the light of the blue moon and trees are kind
to beagles which workflow is not like gardenias that flow from left to
right."

Chauncey

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 9:41 PM, <graham.sear at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Suzanne,
>
> Unfortunately no such software exists, as was the big issue with
> spinvox. You're best bet is to use some transcription software such
> as Express scribe (which is free) http://www.nch.com.au/scribe that
> will allow you to control the speed of the playback while you are
> transcribing the interviews. Or, as already suggested you could crowd
> source the entire work.
>
> Hope that helps
>
> Graham
>
>
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24 Jan 2010 - 3:20am
Anonymous

I have been working for transcription domain for more than 5-6 years. No
software can get perfect transcription to my knowledge.

Best,
.Kr
https://flashactions.com

On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM, Chauncey Wilson <chauncey.wilson at gmail.com
> wrote:

> I experimented with Dragon Naturally Speaking transcription features
> using an approved digital recorder. The transcription of your own
> voice is reasonable, but when I tried to transcribe voices other than
> my own, the text came out like really bad beatnick poetry - it was
> very entertaining and was something like this:
>
> "The red snake came dow the light of the blue moon and trees are kind
> to beagles which workflow is not like gardenias that flow from left to
> right."
>
> Chauncey
>
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 9:41 PM, <graham.sear at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Suzanne,
> >
> > Unfortunately no such software exists, as was the big issue with
> > spinvox. You're best bet is to use some transcription software such
> > as Express scribe (which is free) http://www.nch.com.au/scribe that
> > will allow you to control the speed of the playback while you are
> > transcribing the interviews. Or, as already suggested you could crowd
> > source the entire work.
> >
> > Hope that helps
> >
> > Graham
> >
> >
> > . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> > Posted from ixda.org (via iPhone)
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> >
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24 Jan 2010 - 4:42am
Harry Brignull
2004

There is software available to make the act of transcription less of a
burden. You can even buy a USB foot pedal that pauses / rewinds the content.

http://www.transana.org/
http://videonotetaker.sourceforge.net/
http://tamsys.sourceforge.net/ (for analysis of the transcriptions)
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=usb+foot+pedal+for+transcription

You may want to consider whether you really need to transcribe the lot or
just the interesting bits.

Harry

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http://90percentofeverything.com

24 Jan 2010 - 4:32pm
Jason Pamental
2008

If you have the budget and the audio isn't too long you might look at
http://castingwords.com - you upload your audio and based on rate you
get your transcription back in a few days or a couple weeks. The
lowest/slowest turnaround is 2 weeks for .75 per minute. When the
clips are short, it's incredibly reasonable - and in my experience
extremely accurate. They even sort out the names of the speakers and
offer it in text, HTML, PDF, etc.

Cheers,

Jason

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24 Jan 2010 - 3:33pm
Aaron Turner-Jones
2010

Hello

Adobe now does voice to text inside their 'Soundbooth' application. It can even make your videos searchable by their content...
http://www.adobe.com/products/soundbooth/?promoid=DJDUB

Nuance also make a range of voice to text, even an iPhone version (note, most Nokia Symbian phones already have this function as standand - i.e free, Not sure on blackberry's or android)

http://www.nuance.com/speech/
http://www.dragonmobileapps.com/

Good luck

Aaron Turner-Jones
www.turner-jones.com

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Can anyone recommend software for automatically transcribing audio
from user interviews? The audio could be from a voice or video
recorder.

Thanks,
Suzanne

blog: http://www.iphoneuxreviews.com/
work: http://www.ginsburg-design.com
twitter: http://twitter.com/suzanneginsburg

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25 Jan 2010 - 1:21am
Audrey Crane
2009

live, have you had luck with Mechanical Turk? It's tempting, but I am
wondering if you have issues with ESL?

I use college students to take detailed notes, not
"transcriptions". It's better, frankly, as they helpfully edit out
things like my daughters hollering for me in the background at my home
office. (Useful for getting research participants to share personal
info, less useful for consumers of the research.) I pay them $25/hr,
and it takes them ~2x longer than the total interview length. I point
them to transcription software, which makes things considerably
easier. (http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/) Of course, I still have to
deal with industry-specific terms, but using the same team I teach
them over time. And it's often good for a laugh (e.g. "wizzy
wig"). They highlight and put in time codes for any important words
they don't understand.

If you want contact info for the team I use (3 women who work
together and review each other's work before sending to me), just
holler.

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25 Jan 2010 - 9:27am
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jan 24, 2010, at 1:32 PM, Jason Pamental wrote:

> If you have the budget and the audio isn't too long you might look at
> http://castingwords.com - you upload your audio and based on rate you
> get your transcription back in a few days or a couple weeks. The
> lowest/slowest turnaround is 2 weeks for .75 per minute. When the
> clips are short, it's incredibly reasonable - and in my experience
> extremely accurate. They even sort out the names of the speakers and
> offer it in text, HTML, PDF, etc.

I second the use of Casting Words.

They use the mechanical turk and the quality if very high. We've been
using them for a while for our podcasts and research.

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks Twitter: @jmspool

25 Jan 2010 - 12:08pm
A.J. Kandy
2010

I'd also like to recommend Transcribr, a human-sourced transcription
service. Simple to use, $1/minute. transcribr.com

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