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Michal Pietrzyk
Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:05:30 am

It's 2011...are there any reliable speech to text video transcription programs or plug-ins for FCP out there? We do a lot of logging of tapes, and it would be nice to have a machine do it for me! I've been scouring the internet, but there is so much random info out there, I was hoping someone on here could help point me in the right direction. Any success stories out there?

Thanks!


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 25, 2011 at 1:13:38 am

Nope!!! None are accurate enough yet, even for "government work," as they say.

Read my review of Adobe Speech (at the link below) from two years ago and you'll find out where the state of the art still lies, as it has not been improved upon in all this time.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/weiss_roth_david/speech_search.php

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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
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Steve Eisen
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 25, 2011 at 4:28:56 am

Take a look at this:

http://www.borisfx.com/Soundbite/
Formerly Get! by AV3

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 25, 2011 at 5:19:32 am

[Steve Eisen] "http://www.borisfx.com/Soundbite/
Formerly Get! by AV3"


Of course, but Soundbite and it's predecessor, GET, work in lieu of transcripts, not in their creation.

BTW, I reviewed GET too, so if anyone is interested here's that link: http://library.creativecow.net/weiss_roth_david/get-review/1

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

Don't miss my new Creative Cow Podcast: Bringing "The Whale" to the Big Screen:
http://library.creativecow.net/weiss_roth_david/Podcast-Series-2-MikeParfit...

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums.


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emily rose
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Dec 23, 2011 at 12:52:00 pm

There are lots of video transcription program available. Most recently i tried a video transcription link let me tell you that you check it. L suppose it'll help you http://www.transcriptionsservice.com/audio-to-text-software.html


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Alan Kelly
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Feb 16, 2012 at 4:45:46 pm

About machine transcription, and the results thereof, I agree with David and Steve, and disagree with "Emily."

Not only do you get what you pay for, you often get more (trouble) than you pay for when you're looking for an easy way out.

This is not to diss all that bots do. The results are ever getting better, albeit the algorithms getting trickier.

A trained transcription specialist has an edge that software just doesn't have - experience, human evolution, education and experience (twice).

Hopefully (optimism check) doctors dictating know about this edge, and know about the pitfalls of over reliance on this stuff

Want a laugh? Check out some of the sub-culture videos on YouTube featuring caption fails!

I getter bet serious and go wack to bork

Alan at VerbatimIT


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Ra McLaughlin
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 11, 2013 at 8:35:58 pm

I know this is an old post, but I wonder if anyone has any thoughts about this scenario:

I already have verbatim manuscripts of videos. I want to automate the creation of subtitle files. Will any existing speech to text programs spit out a transcript with time codes? Then I could write a program that would match the imprecise text in the transcript to the precise text in the manuscript. That way my subtitles would be perfect even though the speech to text is imperfect. Better yet, is there already a program that does this kind of thing?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 11, 2013 at 9:29:35 pm

Unfortunatley, nothing does exactly what you want, however You might want to look into VoxScribe, voice recognition to Closed captioning app, and try writing to the developer Cetin Cetinturk .

He and I were discussing the state of voice recognition applications, and he sent the following to me:

Dear David

Although Voxcribe technology is very powerful compared to others, still it is very weak compared to human recognition capability. My life is devoted to building a speech recognition technology that is close to human recognition capability.

Currently, the purpose of Voxcribe solutions is facilitating captioning or transcription process, not replacing humans. In some cases it can handle up to 95% of the work but in some other cases its benefit can be less than 40%.

I am trying to say that human speech has weak standards. Even our recognition rate changes from person to person. Generally, Voxcribe performs well when the user speaks with good pronunciation and fluently.

I want to give an example: There is a video of Ivan Watson from CNN on our web site. It is captioned with VoxcribeCC here is the link (2nd Video on the page): http://voxcribe.com/Video%20Speech%20Recognition%20Captioning%20Subtitling%...

The accuracy is so high, there is almost no error. It seems to be so close to human recognition performance. But this is a prepared speech, it is very fluent and clear. I know accuracy of Voxcribe for Ivan Watson decreases 5-10% when he is not prepared for the speech or talks while thinking. Please see the 3rd Video on the same page. It is more interview style and error rate is higher.

An interview is different than a conference, lecture or news speech. Amount of extra sounds like “um, uh” will be much more and fluency will be less. When Voxcribe meets these accuracy will decrease. I know, some of our users are journalists, and they use VoxcribeCC for transcription of interviews.

General truth is that speech recognition systems are very weak for handling unexpected or irregular situations. I can guarantee that Voxcribe will perform better than any other software that you can have in your computer (There are some cloud systems that can compete with PC apps of Voxcribe Tech).

I think Voxcribe solutions are good to help the transcriptionist but can't replace the transcriptionist.

I advise you to download and test VoxcribeCC for your purpose. It is not only for captioning, you can easily use it for transcription.
Best regards,
Cetin

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David Roth Weiss
ProMax Systems
Burbank
DRW@ProMax.com

Sales | Integration | Support

David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Alan Kelly
Re: Video Transcription (Speech to Text) Software???
on Oct 11, 2013 at 9:31:31 pm

Thoughts? A few. You wrote you have verbatim manuscripts, so all you need do is sync that and produce a timed-text.

You can flow the text using captiontube.appspot.com with (assuming as much) your Google account.

You asked

Will any existing speech to text programs spit out a transcript with time codes?


IF you want spittle, sure,
THEN there are wanna-be programs.

IF you want accuracy Ready for Prime Time,
THEN use a professional (human being).

Oh, yeh, I'm one of those.

Cheers, May You Be Happy... at least some of the time.


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