Transcription software is a computer program that assists humans in converting speech recording to text. The user is provided with the tools to play/pause the audio fragment and type the spoken text, then repeat the process for all audio. The main components of the transcription software are an audio player with play, pause, rewind, change playback speed and other functionalities, also text editor. The software can be used along with specialized hardware like foot pedals for playing/pausing and headphones. The software is used for transcription of all kinds of speech recordings like meetings, interviews, lectures, also for adding closed captions to the video. In the latter case, timing information for each piece of text is also added.
Fast automated transcription using speech recognition technology
Though transcription software provides the tools for assisting humans, transcription is still a very exhausting and time-consuming process. Professional transcriber needs 4 hours to transcribe 1 hour of audio, while non-professional might need 6-7 hours. Including the speech recognition to transcription software greatly reduces time and effort spent on transcription in the following ways:
- The audio is automatically transcribed with 85-90% accuracy (for good quality audio) in a very short time, leaving the only review and error correction for the user
- Special text editor plays the audio fragment for any selected part of the resulting text, facilitating the review and correction process
- Timestamps are automatically determined for every word, so closed captions can be automatically extracted
- Audio playing is performed by highlighting every played word in transcription for easier review
According to user feedback, automated transcription software service saves time at least four times than in manual transcription