CNET First Look
Otter's app makes free voice transcriptions easy and freeThe app's artificial intelligence generates smart, searchable transcripts from your recorded conversations.
Hi, I'm Joan. I'm Ben. And we're taking a look at a free audio transcription app called Otter. Basically it takes a live transcript of your conversation as it's happening. But then later it has some artificial intelligence to make it cleaner and easier to use. Is this something that you think you would use? Yeah sure. [UNKNOWN] Life. Yeah I am a reporter, so I do a lot of interviews. So this would probably be something that could be really useful instead of just I don't know like going through all the transcriptions on my own. Right and I could see there being a lot of uses for [UNKNOWN] spaces. Like A student who wants to get notes of her lecture. If you're in a meeting and nobody in the meeting was actually have to take the notes, you can get a transcript of the meeting too,g or if you're a video creator anyone easy closed captions you can just record while you're recording. Okay John, but what about privacy issues? Well, I asked the company about this, And they said that it's basically the same privacy relationship that you would have with a Google dox or a Dropbox. So right now we have this live recording going, what we are gonna do now is stop it and wait. So after about 15 minutes, half an hour, an hour depending on the length of your recording The app will stop showing you some flashing dots, indicating it's working on your transcript, and instead show you a green checkmark saying that it's done. And at that point, you should have a pretty clean transcript of your recording. It'll separate out different speakers and identify the ones whose voice it knows. It'll be searchable, not only inside that transcript but across your different notes. And you can also search by automated keywords that it generates based on how often you say something during the conversation. [MUSIC] One cool feature is that if you replay the audio, the transcript will highlight the words that are being spoken as you hear them. It's not perfect. I said my name during our conversation, and it identified me as John rather than Joan. BUt it's still better than a lot of options out there and completely free.