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Craig Seeman
DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 18, 2016 at 5:01:55 pm
Last Edited By Craig Seeman on Apr 18, 2016 at 5:02:24 pm

Now this has piqued my interest. Still in beta. Would love to believe this could actually be accurate.


DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber

http://digitalheavenltd.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/y/EAA4432C12107AF7/91060032...


Announcing SpeedScriber automated transcription service

Today we're excited to announce a brand new product, SpeedScriber which is currently in development and we think you’re going to like it.

Transcribing audio or video files is a common task for content creators but until now, the choice has been:

Transcribe manually which is very tedious and time-consuming,
Send the file to an external company which can be slow (typically 24 hours or more) and costly.
There's a huge demand for affordable automated transcripts but sadly the technology has not lived up to the hype. Automated transcripts are usually so inaccurate (and unintentionally hilarious...) that they aren't very useful.

With SpeedScriber we're aiming to change all that, with automated transcription that’s both fast and surprisingly accurate.

Get transcripts in real-time or faster, not hours or days.
Uses industry-leading automatic speech recognition technology for surprisingly accurate transcripts.
Supports English language speakers with American or British accents and detection of different speakers.
Automatic timestamps at regular intervals.
Specially developed tools for quickly making corrections to transcripts.
Print or export transcripts to PDF and video editing apps.
Mac app with other platforms to follow.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN SPEEDSCRIBER
We will have a limited number of early access invites for beta testers
Sign up now to secure your place on the list

SpeedScriber is currently in development and beta testing is expected to start in Q2 with public release in Q3. There are a limited number of early access invitations so we can‘t guarantee that every applicant will be successful.




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Andrew Kimery
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 18, 2016 at 5:15:14 pm

[Craig Seeman] "Would love to believe this could actually be accurate."

I know it's still in beta but when the press release says "surprisingly accurate" that doesn't really fill me with confidence. ;)

I hope they knock it out of the park though because an automated transcription program that's accurate would be pretty awesome.


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Martin Baker
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 18, 2016 at 6:37:29 pm

We only said "surprisingly accurate" because you'll know that automated transcription in the past has been more like "depressingly inaccurate" :-)

When you get to try it, you can let us know if you're surprised or not!

Martin
Digital Heaven, London UK
Unique plug-ins and tools for Apple Pro Apps


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Andrew Kimery
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 18, 2016 at 6:56:52 pm
Last Edited By Andrew Kimery on Apr 18, 2016 at 6:57:39 pm

I do a lot of doc/unscripted work and would love to automate the transcription process. Just call me a healthy skeptic. ;)

And I signed up for the mailing list so maybe I'll get a copy of the Beta and be pleasently surprised sooner rather than later...?


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Andy Field
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 18, 2016 at 9:26:06 pm

Premiere Pro had this in earlier versions of their program and it either worked really well or not at all . When it worked it saved you hours of logging -- when it didn't - you wasted hours for a result hoping it would.

Andy Field
FieldVision Productions
N. Bethesda, Maryland 20852


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Brett Sherman
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:52:46 am

[Andrew Kimery] "I know it's still in beta but when the press release says "surprisingly accurate" that doesn't really fill me with confidence. ;)

I hope they knock it out of the park though because an automated transcription program that's accurate would be pretty awesome."


Someday we'll be there. But in the mean time there is also a use for not completely accurate transcription. Imagine setting it loose on your entire hard drive worth of material. Now when you have to find that one clip buried in a two hour video clip, you can turn to your transcription. Who cares if it's 100% accurate if you can find it in seconds instead of 30 minutes.


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Brett Sherman
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:55:45 am

BTW I'm pretty sure "manual transcription" provider rev.com does automated transcription which is then sent out for review and correction.

I know this because some errors I've seen can only be explained by phonetic misinterpretation by an automated transcription.


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Martin Baker
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 22, 2016 at 1:57:38 pm

With good quality audio you can expect 90%+ accuracy but it will vary. To give one example, I had a clip that transcribed to 700 words and only 5 of the words needed correcting. That comes out as 99.3% accurate.

I'm sure many transcription services use automated transcription as a first pass, but it seems strange that they wouldn't correct all the errors if you're paying them for accurate transcripts! Although to be fair, I guess this is inevitable if you're asking a stranger to transcribe footage who doesn't know any specialist words that you're very familiar with.

Martin
Digital Heaven, London UK
Unique plug-ins and tools for Apple Pro Apps


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Mark Suszko
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 22, 2016 at 2:02:02 pm

I've been praying and begging for something like this to make captioning easier in FCPX and DVDSP. Can't wait to try it out, hope I get an eval copy.


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Andrew Kimery
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:51:51 pm

[Brett Sherman] " Now when you have to find that one clip buried in a two hour video clip, you can turn to your transcription.

In that type of scenario, where you are just looking for a word or phrase, then Boris Soundbite might be a better fit.

https://www.borisfx.com/products/soundbite/


Who cares if it's 100% accurate if you can find it in seconds instead of 30 minutes."

You might care if what you are looking for fell victim to the inaccuracy which means it doesn't exist in the transcript even though the person said it. ;)


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Robin S. Kurz
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:11:32 pm
Last Edited By Robin S. Kurz on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:33:10 pm

I'd just be very curious as to which speech-to-text technology they're using, since I can't imagine they could or would come up with their own, right? This is I'm assuming that's not exactly a trivial task. That alone would say a lot about what can be expected in terms of accuracy, no?

I've also often wondered (here, too) why Apple doesn't in fact just connect the dots between their already existing technologies? Have a "Transcript" button in FCP X that sends the audio to OS X's built-in dictation, which in turn sends back the text in some way shape or form. In the notes field? As named favorites? Simple RTF? Whatever. Because I use the dictation a lot, even for several languages, and whilst it might be far from perfect (but still much better than what I ever got out of e.g. PPro back in the day), I'm still amazed at how well it does and how fast it's become.

- RK

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Bill Davis
Re: DigitalHeaven SpeedScriber
on Apr 23, 2016 at 1:15:40 am

My presumption is that since this kind of audio processing heavy lifting must require a huge amount of waveform processing and phonetic database querying, if they opened it instantly to all video editors, the load on their servers would probably skyrocket to the extent it would slow down the entire system.

This is another instance where letting a 3rd party do the work is probably best.

Unfortunately, the technology is so sophisticated that unless you ARE a huge company like Google or Apple, its likely mighty hard to attain the resources to play in this game.

Personally, while I love transcripts as much as the next guy - I find them to be of limited use to my style of editing. I seldom have so much footage that keyboard tagging ala/FCP X can't do the job.

If I was a documentary producer working on something with vast searchable sources, I'm sure I'd feel totally different.

And if anybody ever does crack this code, I'll have my money ready like everyone else.

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