Video Transcription Software
What is video transcription software? Video transcription software is used for the transcription of video speech into text. The text is commonly used for captions, content generation or for transcripts.
Accuracy Is Key
Developers have been working on software that will convert speech to text, but because of the thousands of accents and dialects are spoken worldwide, to the nearly uncountable number of differences in the way people speak – the speed of speech, enunciation, pronunciation, slurring of speech, swallowing of vowels – the accuracy level of transcription software, in general, is still behind the abilities of trained and experienced human transcribers – those with an excellent command of language, sharp hearing, and knowledge of various subject matter and the relevant terminology.
Emerging new transcription technologies such as Nibity though provide a more interesting hybrid solution in time to come – one that partners human transcribers with future automation for this service but with the focus on highly accurate transcripts from start for the client. Alternatively, there are many human transcription services, many of which generally ensure a more accurate transcript than transcription software at present.
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Useful Video Transcription Software
While there are a number of programs in the video transcription software arena recommended out there, such as those found on YouTube which are specific to video transcription, there are also a number of programs which, though designed initially for audio transcription, can double quite well as video transcription software such as Dragon.
One of these is the old workhorse, Express Scribe, which has been around almost as long as the digital transcription industry itself. This software can be made to work quite well as video transcription software services. There is a free version of Express Scribe, which has limited functionality, and a paid version, available at a very reasonable price, with online activation. It is also available for Macs (check the download options on the right of the page).
Another very useful program, initially designed for audio transcription, but which doubles as video transcription software, is FTW Transcriber. This is another transcription veteran with a free version and quite a cheap upgrade.
There are a myriad of programs that can be used as video transcription software. The ones above have been included because they are the ones used most often by our transcribers.
Why Video Transcription?
There are other developments that have led to an increase in demand for video transcription. In general, the main interest tends to be how to convert audio to text but with the increased popularity of YouTube video transcription, film, and TV transcription a demand for video transcription software has increased. One of the advantages of video transcription is that it makes speaker identification easier. This is useful in the case of onscreen captions or text. Video transcription is then particularly useful for recordings for conferences, focus groups, or even staff meetings where multiple people participate.
It is certainly not enjoyable to spend six hours transcribing a focus group with a specific demographic makeup, all from the same area, and all of a similar age. In this case, typically a video is highly recommended.