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Transcription software

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by novelist_wannabe, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Anybody here use or know of software I can use to convert mp3 audio files on my digital voice recorder to text?
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've seen two people try to do it with incredibly pricey programs and both failed miserably.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Now that you can program your iPhone or iPod touch to play things back at half the speed, I wonder if that would work better.
  4. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for a time saver. I don't know if decelerated playback would help much.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    A guy I worked with bought a program for over a grand (granted, this was about three years ago...) and it was billed as the greatest transcription program ever. He hooked it up to a relatively slow-talking NFL coach and it didn't work for shit.

    If it won't work for a slow-talking coach, imagine how well it would work for a speed-talking defensive back.
  6. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Bottom line is that transcription software is made to transcribe YOUR voice, not the voice of others in interviews you conduct. It's a waste of money unless you want your own thoughts jotted down.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Right. It works fine for doctors talking slowly, but not for press conferences or interviews.
  8. maberger

    maberger Member

    is it you speaking? if so, the dragon software is really good. if not, it might work anyway by simply playing the audio and letting it correct to the other voice as if it were your own.

    gotta be worth a shot, and better than transcribing by hand.
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