Automatic Audio Transcription

August 31st, 2015

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Audio transcription can be a long process, especially if you are a newbie in the field. For many, the automatic audio transcription offers an easy alternative. But is the short-cut worth taking? Statistics would not say so. Express Scribe, an automatic transcription software, offers an accuracy of around 40 -60% when integrated with the Microsoft Speech Recognition. Google Voice, on the other hand, offers an approximately 80% accuracy but only while transcribing voicemails. That percentage goes significantly down for conversational speech audio. The appalling performance of the various automatic audio transcription or speech recognition software programs even today makes one think why it is so. The reasons undoubtedly are many.

The software fails to factor in the various styles of speaking

A language changes its character depending upon who speaks it. For instance, the way English is spoken in the US is different from how people in India speak it. Teaching a software program how to recognize the variations in human intonations and accents can be very challenging. The problem multiplies when there are groups of speakers involved. Analyzing voice can be equally frustrating for a program. The ease with which the human ear can decipher the spoken words by a variety of voice quality, such as hoarse, soft, deep, etc., does not work in case of a software. In the ideal world, the speaker would have to speak clearly and carefully in order to be accurately transcribed by an automatic audio transcription system. But unfortunately we don’t get to work in an ideal world scenario.

English can be a tricky language

Sale, sail. Year, ear. Feet, feat. You get the drift. Homophones can be quite tricky and sometimes becomes impossible to understand from a spoken language if we don’t understand the context. Quite obviously, this is a high expectation from a software, and this naturally leads to undesirable mistakes.

The better alternative

Hiring a transcription service with a team of experienced transcribers is still the best. Old is gold when it comes to accuracy, at least in this context. Scribie is completely powered by humans and hence is able to consistently maintain accuracy level of 98% or higher. Want to find out for yourself? Start uploading your files now.

Video Transcription For Subtitling

August 24th, 2015

Subtitling and TranscriptionSubtitling or captioning is an important aspect of an audio-visual experience. It helps your content reach a wider audience, especially people who are not familiar with the language or are hard of hearing. If you are an online marketer, transcripts or subtitles have a very important role to play from SEO point of view as well. Needless to say that a subtitle can only be useful when it is accurate, else all your effort despite your noble intention is bound to fail.

Why is accuracy important?

Accurate transcription is often the first step to an impeccable subtitling, because the transcripts are used for creating and synchronising the captions. According to FCC, “Captions must match the spoken words in the dialogue, in their original language (English or Spanish), to the fullest extent possible.” Correctness of a transcript does not only refer to its grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but also includes non-speech sounds such as a music playing, an off-screen whistle if that is important to the plot, people clapping, and the likes. In fact, the FCC’s new caption quality standards make it essential to capture non-speech sounds.

Transcription service Vs. automatic speech recognition

When you upload a video on YouTube, you can use their automatic captioning function to add subtitles to your video. While this might look like the best solution as far as cost is considered, sadly, that is not the case. These kinds of programs come with questionable accuracy levels, which apart from causing you embarrassment, might also be detrimental to the SEO strategy of your video. In fact, Google can even mark your website as ‘pure spam’, a term it uses to define a “site that appears to use aggressive spam techniques such as automatically generated gibberish” among many other things. Since reports say that a transcript is only 60 to 70 percent correct when using an automatic speech recognition technique, your captions will have 1 in every 3 words wrong, and might appear as gibberish to Google.

Hiring the best transcription service is beneficial at many levels. If you are looking for one, look no further than Scribie. With years of experience and a team of experts, we offer a quality that makes us proud and our customers happy. Start uploading your files today!

Free Audio/Video Transcription Software

August 18th, 2015

In the last couple of posts, we have discussed the Integrated  Editor the one of a kind audio transcription tool provided only by Scribie. In this post, we’ll tackle the last few features of the Integrated Editor.

First up is the variable speed playback. This feature allows you to speed up or slow down the audio so that it’s easier to follow along with the audio as you type. Speed can be adjusted by clicking on the box and entering in the desired speed. The higher the number entered, the faster the speed. The opposite is true; the lower the number entered, the slower the speed.

The next features are the amplifier and dynamic compressor. The amplifier allows you to amplify the audio to make it easier to hear. This can be done with the drop down menu on the top right hand corner of the editor. A window appears that allows you to adjust to your desired setting. With the dynamic compressor, you can get greater control over your audio level. It’s important to note that both of these features are only available in Chrome.

With all of these great features you can get the most out of your editing with the Integrated Editor. Once you are satisfied with your finished product, the only thing left to do is download a copy for yourself. The last feature, word conversion, makes this easy for you. There are a variety of options for your finished product including a Word document, PDF file, ODT or TXT. The choice is up to you.

We hope you have enjoyed this in depth look into all the features that the Integrated Editor from Scribie has to offer. For more information or a look at some of the other features, click here. If you loved what you’ve seen here, don’t hesitate to contact Scribie for all of your transcription needs. At Scribie, you get one of a kind products with one of a kind service.

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Online Audio Transcription

August 11th, 2015

integrated Editor 12The Integrated Editor is a one of a kind online transcription tool that only Scribie has to offer. We’ve touched on a few of its features in a previous blog and now we’ll continue to talk about more features that the Integrated Editor has to offer.

The Integrated Editor comes with a featured packed text editor that helps you while going over your files. You can click on a line in the text editor and it’ll take you to that point in the audio or vice versa.

The Integrated Editor also supports a variety of audio and video formats. Some the formats supported are mp3, wav, m4a, avi, flv, mp4, wmv, and mov. You don’t have to worry about whether your file will be supported as there are many types supported in the editor.

A fun feature included in the Integrated Editor is the multi-cursor. This allows you to select a word and change all occurrences of that word to another word. All you do is select a word, press CTL+ALT+G, which highlights all occurrences of that word, and simply type what change you want to make. It’ll change all occurrences to that new word.

Another feature that you’ll find in the Integrated Editor is text analysis. You can utilize this feature by clicking ‘Analysis’ at the top of the editor and the least common words and phrases or words not recognized by the editor in the document will be underlined. This allows you to go through your document for accuracy and cohesion. For further analysis, simply right click on a word to provide you with more options.

Want to learn more about the Integrated Editor? Simply click here to see all the features. Next time, we’ll discuss the last few features of the Integrated Editor in more detail.

Scribie Audio Transcription Software

August 3rd, 2015

integrated Editor 12If you’ve been keeping up with our posts, you know we’ve already introduced the Integrated editor, available only through Scribie. Here is the video which shows how to open the Editor. It’s a new, one of a kind tool that allows you to put the finishing touches on your transcription or helps you as a freelance transcriber with Scribie. Over the course of the next couple of posts, we’ll take a closer look at the features included with the Integrated editor.

For starters, the text editor provides a unified interface which means you no longer have to keep switching back and forth between the text and the audio. It’s all right there for you so you save time. Another time saving feature is the keyboard shortcuts. You’ll be given standard shortcuts like F7 for rewind and F10 for play, but you can also change and customise the shortcuts to suit your needs. Simply click the drop down arrow in the right of the editor, click shortcut preferences and check out the default list or make changes as you see fit.

There is also the feature of dictation, which is only available for Chrome. This allows you to save even more time by dictating your words instead of typing in the editor. You can select your speaking style and accent and then start dictating.

Other features include auto correct, auto save, and auto capitalisation. These features are similar to what you see in Microsoft Word. The Integrated editor will automatically correct commonly misspelled words, capitalise the first word of a sentence, and save your work after each keystroke so that even if your browser crashes, you can go back to right where you left off.

Live spell check is a feature that helps out with words that auto correct can’t identify. Similar to Word, these words will show up underlined in red and clicking on them will produce a drop down menu with suggestions for the word, add or ignore, Google search or the option to analyse the word.

These are just a few of the great features of the Integrated editor provided by Scribie. It’s a user friendly editor that also helps to save on time. For more information, check out the Integrated editor here. Stay tuned for more on the other features that the one and only Integrated editor from Scribie has to offer.

Introduction To Integrated Editor

July 27th, 2015

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integrated Editor 12Scribie offers a variety of transcription services to fit your transcription needs. When it comes to final edits after you’ve received your file or maybe you’re considering working with Scribie, there’s one trick that Scribie has up it sleeve that no one else offers. Scribie has a special blended system for your audio and text. It’s a free, one of a kind audio/video transcription tool called Integrated Editor. You won’t find something like this with other transcription services.

The Integrated Editor is a simple and easy to use tool that allows you to transcribe files or run a final go-over check on your transcribed files. Scribie also provides you with a variety of tools and extras to use with the Integrated Editor. Some of them include keyboard shortcuts, auto-save, unified interface, dictation, and text analysis.

This all sounds great, but can this program really do all of these things? Don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few things that some of our customers have had to say about the Integrated Editor:

“I greatly appreciate the transcription editor once delivered. Having the ability to preview, listen to, edit and save the transcription before downloading it saves a ton of time and I find it to be a very convenient tool.”

“I really like the interface for checking transcripts — this is an extremely useful feature!!”

“I like that you have the editor along with the audio to check problem spots.”

“I like that I can review and correct in browser.”

Sounds great doesn’t it?! Still don’t believe us? Why not try out the Integrated Editor for yourself. Scribie offers great service and now, they are taking that to another level by enabling you with a unique tool that helps you make sure your work is what you want it to be and need it to be. That’s as a customer and as a freelance worker. When all is said and done, Scribie is here for you.


The Cost Of Hiring A Transcriptionist

July 20th, 2015

freelancerWhen you are trying to get a file transcribed, hiring a freelancer might offer itself as a promising option. But the reality may beg to differ. When compared to a transcription company, a freelancer might lack the specialised skill, knowledge, and may even come with a lot of hassles. But that’s just the tip. There are many other points where a transcription company would outweigh an individual freelancer even when the person is sincere about the work.

Searching is difficult

The first step is to find a person who will offer quality job in a timely manner. This is especially true if the person is a newbie trying his/ her hands at transcription for the first time. Even after hiring a freelancer you may have to send a file and follow-up on a regular basis to ensure that the job is getting attention.

Credibility is often questionable

Even when you manage to find a freelancer, credibility remains a grey area. It depends upon you to ask for recommendations so that you can make a more informed choice. A company on the other hand offers a much organised service. Plus, it is always easier to find out the reputation of a company rather than an individual freelancer.

Problem of bulk task

An individual freelancer might not be able to manage a lot of files together. A company however can do that with ease since it has the resource that is needed for this kind of job. Hence even when someone fails to do a job, the other person in the team jumps in. And you are kept out of this hassle because you get your work delivered right on time!

Negotiating the price is difficult

A company has a fixed rate, but a freelancer does not. The latter often determines his/ her pay rate which might not be suitable for your purpose. You might end up having to negotiate for a lengthy period of time.

No assurance of quality
Even when you agree to pay a hefty sum of money to a freelancer transcriber, you may not get the quality of work that you deserve. On the other hand, a transcriber asking for too low a rate almost always ends up delivering sub-standard work.

Apart from the usual cost and quality problems, even a sincere freelancer may be unsuitable to handle all kinds of accents. A company, with its rich resource, training, and specialisation can be the better and more efficient alternative.

Scribie, an audio and video transcription service has been serving its customers since 2008. Over the years, we have earned a reputation of delivering high quality transcripts at an affordable price.  So, the next time you are in need of transcription, think of Scribie first.

Start uploading your files and get high quality transcription within the timeframe that you choose.

Average Cost For Transcription Services

July 13th, 2015

Transcription-costYou find yourself with audio or video from work, school, a seminar, or a meeting, but you do not have time to type up the notes yourself. You may be wondering what are your options. That is where a transcription service comes in. If you do a Google search however, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed with all the different companies and prices.

One of the first questions you may ask yourself is how much should you expect to pay for services? The industry standard is to charge $1 to $1.50 per audio minute, with some companies charging per speaking person. You have a price, but what do you get for that price? Some places may only offer quality with no guaranteed turnaround time. Others will provide a minimum 98% accuracy, but the turnaround times vary. Some services will have a standard turnaround time of 3 to 5 business days, others a turnaround time of 2 to 3 business days, and yet a few will have a 24 hour turnaround for audio or video transcription and 48 hour turnaround for video caption or subtitles.

Of course, there may be some special circumstances with your files. You may have multiple speakers, speakers with accents, noise in the background or need language translation The industry offers a variety of additional services for a fee. Services in the industry will charge an extra $.10 to $.25 per audio minute for time-stamps, time-codes, background noise, light accents, digitising, and technical terminology. The charge for having your file transcribed verbatim can run from $.25 to $.30 per audio minute.

If you have audio with heavy background noise or strong accents, you can be charged $.50 to .$75 per audio minute. Foreign language transcription can set you back an additional $1 per audio minute.

If you have multiple speakers in your audio, some in the industry charge a fee per speaker. The starting rate can be $.25 a person per audio minute up to 3 speakers and $.50 a person per audio minute for 4 speakers. The price is can be capped at 5+ speakers at an additional $.50 per audio minute.

While most companies have standard turnaround times, if you need things in a certain time frame, be prepared to pay extra for speed. Fast turnarounds in the industry are typically over a 24 to 48 hour time period. If you need a turnaround time of 48 hours, expect a standard fee of $.75 per audio minute. For a 24 hour turnaround, the fee can be $1.25 per audio minute and same day service charges can be $1.50 per audio minute.

With all these fees, it is nice to know that a few companies may offer discounts for academic, non-profit, religious and volume transcripts.

As you can see, no matter your needs, those fees and extra charges can really add up. You are the only one who can determine what’s best for you. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with Scribie. If you are flexible with time, you can get your files done in 2-30 days for $1.00 to $.80 per audio minute. Need it a little faster? Rates for 24-36 hours is only $1.50 per audio minute and $3.00 per audio minute for express services completed in 8-12 hours. The best part is that Scribie includes word documents, time-coding, multiple and accented speakers, background noise and speaker tracking in the pricing. That’s right – unlike their competitors, you don’t pay extra for those things. The next time you are in the need of transcription services, think of Scribie first.

Start uploading your files and get high quality transcription within the timeframe that you choose.


Ways To Improve Video SEO Through Transcription

July 9th, 2015

Video SEOStudies show that online videos are much more than a passing fad. According to the B2B Demand Generation Benchmark Survey for 2012, more than 90 percent of the respondents prefer video over white papers, case studies, and even live demos with reps. In another study, Cisco predicts that 84 percent of the online content will be videos by 2018. While all these might sound super-exciting, it makes finding any content more difficult than ever. This is where video SEO can help. A video transcription is an integral part of such an SEO practice.

Why video transcription?

Transcriptions are a textual representation of all that is said in a video. Since a search engine only crawls texts and do not watch videos, a transcription helps it to understand the content and to index it. Also, the concept of SEO revolves around the use of keywords and hence using transcripts below your videos is a natural and effective way of increasing the keyword density of your website without running the risk of ‘keyword stuffing’.

How does video transcription work?

A video transcription provides that extra mileage to your videos which meta description and video tags fail to offer. Plus, Google depends upon ‘blended results’ for determining a website’s search position. Blended results give more importance to videos. Transcriptions help to amplify this result. Studies show that transcriptions increase user engagement which in turn is rewarded by Google for having longer view times. The possibility of increased web traffic also enhances your income possibilities from AdSense.

You can also put your long-form transcripts on separate pages in order to target additional keywords. This is a great way to improve off-page SEO apart from providing internal cross linking opportunities. The content of transcripts can easily be repurposed into blogs, how-to articles, infographics and more depending upon its nature. It is hence a great source of derivative content.

How effective is video transcription

In a study, Liveclicker compared 37 web pages before and after adding transcripts, and the results are quite inspiring. Pages with transcripts recorded 16 percent more revenue than when they had no transcripts at all. Video transcriptions also help to break the barrier especially when more than 80 percent of internet users do not have english as their native language. Hence if you are targeting a global audience, transcriptions must be an integral part of your marketing strategy.

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How Businesses Can Leverage Scribie’s API To Provide Transcription Service To Their Users.

June 26th, 2015

APIToday transcription has its own place in your business toolbox. Transcription services can take your business to a next level. It opens door for improvements and betterment for your business. The need of the hour is to provide these business a way to easily integrate their systems or website with the best quality transcription service. Scribie has enabled this by releasing its very own REST API. It provides easy integration and seamless user experience with least investment for the business. Some of the advantages of partnering and integrating Scribie’s API are. Read the rest of this entry »