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Help on Transcribing audio and Video to text

by noel-1 / December 24, 2003 5:00 AM PST

Anyone know of a technique to transcribe audio and or video to text via my computer?
I'm running AMD XP2000 wiht 700+ meg ram and two 40g Hdd.
I am trying to help out get some sermons into text.
The how to and software is what I'm in need of this is new ground for me.

Appreciate your help

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Re:Help on Transcribing audio and Video to text
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 24, 2003 7:42 AM PST

Most of the time, a person presses the play button and types it into a word processor...

You could try some Voice Recognition software, but I've found the error rate to be less than reliable.


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Re:Re:Help on Transcribing audio and Video to text
by noel-1 / December 26, 2003 3:26 AM PST

Most of the time, a person presses the play button and types it into a word processor...

he-he-he FUNNY..if I could only type that fast!
Any hardware out there that would allow one to plug a vcr or cassette/CD into it and let the audio be picked up by software?

You said the error rate is high, anyone else have any suggestions or is the old fashion dictaphone the only way to go?

thanks folks.


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No plugs really.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2003 7:23 AM PST

Just look at voice recognition software that comes with a microphone and try such. The problem is simply that people's expectations exceed the technology. But if the machine can keep up, then you may have a starting point to edit it to what you wanted.

As to the dictaphone, that's not a bad idea. Dictaphones are still available plus there are PC based ones. In fact, Windows Media Player 9 has a slow play mode that can be useful for transcription.

http://www.audiobuyersguide.com/software/audio/wmp9-techreport.html writes:
"Delving into the control options, you'll find a number of interesting new settings. A Speed Control feature, again available only to Windows XP users, allows you to speed up or slow down the playback of an audio track without changing its pitch."

There may be other such software out there.


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Has digital voice transcription technology advanced?
by GregPo / January 17, 2005 3:47 AM PST
In reply to: No plugs really.

Just wondering if any new solutions for transcribing digitally recorded voice files (from my MP3 (i River H320) and from miniDV video tape) have emerged in the past year?
I am working on a Mac G4 1.25 DP with Final Cut Pro and MS Word.
Looking to avoid transcribing 25+ hours of interviews......

If there is no direct from digital file to word processor solution, a software player with USB foot pedal to control playback that works simultaneously with MS word or Text edit would suffice.....

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Nothing really new.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2005 6:32 AM PST

Here's why. Public interest has waned in voice input. What's out there is pretty much the state of the art unless you work for the CIA and fly the black helicopter.


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