Audio Files Transcription

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Hi,

Good day to all. I'm just new here and badly need help. Does anybody here knows any software or service where I can transcribe my audio files into text? I have tons of it in different formats and I have no time listening to all of it and transcribe it into words. I'm willing to spend a few bucks for it but better if it will be free.

Thanks,
Allan
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Both Fiverr and Dragon Naturally speaking can help but they have SERIOUS shortcomings.

    The problem with Fiverr is you only get transcription services.

    You don't get proofreading with most packages.

    Also, if you are using transcription services for WEB CONTENT, you need it EDITED.

    You want engaging text that builds credibility with your target audience or builds audience loyalty.

    Ultimately, it boils down to ... what did you expect for $5?

    Similarly, Dragon Naturally Speaking can help but if you speak really quickly or your pacing changes or you're using nuanced words, DNS simply fails. Why? The amount of time you spend going back and fixing the errors is more than the amount you would have used simply WRITING YOUR ARTICLE OUT.

    My recommendation? Hire a freelance transcriber that edits her/his work. You can get good ones for 75 US cents per audio minute.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allan123
    Gee, I didn't expect that it's pretty expensive. Anyway will try it, thank you for your advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Fame
      Originally Posted by Allan123 View Post

      Gee, I didn't expect that it's pretty expensive. Anyway will try it, thank you for your advice.
      I'm pretty sure you can find a good rate on one of the freelancer sites like elance etc.

      If you really want to try (I haven't tried this on audio files), Dragon Naturally Speaking is a great tool for using your voice to text.

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    • Profile picture of the author fingers4hire
      Originally Posted by Allan123 View Post

      Gee, I didn't expect that it's pretty expensive. Anyway will try it, thank you for your advice.
      Just thought I'd chime in here. $5 for 10 minutes = $30 for one hour of audio. It typically takes 2.5 to 3 hours to transcribe one hour of audio, and proofing time. Keep in mind that while there are transcriptionists and companies who will transcribe ""quality" transcripts for very low rates, generally, the saying, "You get what you pay for," definitely applies in this field.

      As a transcriptionist with over 25 years of experience, and rates as low as $45 per audio hour, I'm told all the time that I should charge more. However, I would rather have a steady flow of repeat customers than one or two, one-timers at higher rates. Remember, cheaper is not always better....
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      • Profile picture of the author saragomsa
        there are many as you search it on google you can find many free software which will help you out, the best is adobe. If you want quality then go for adobe. This can help you too http://osozo.com/sharing-faith-based...transcription/
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        • Profile picture of the author agmccall
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          Dragon Naturally Speaking.

          You can get new for around $60.00 or you can get one of the older versions on ebay or amazon for $20.00 or $30.00

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    • Profile picture of the author salegurus
      Originally Posted by theseoonfire View Post

      Great this is excellent advice. I was really needing this today.
      Honestly, you could have read this old thread without bumping it with your trivial comment...
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  • Try this for free Transcribe - free online tool to help with transcription of interviews and audio clips
    I haven't tried that yet but I hope this could help.
    Goodluck
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by Noble Digital Publishing View Post

      Try this for free Transcribe - free online tool to help with transcription of interviews and audio clips
      I haven't tried that yet but I hope this could help.
      Goodluck
      That's an interesting tool. It doesn't really transcribe-you do. But it does have a nice player and text processor.
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      • Profile picture of the author Seredy
        Hey,

        I'd second writeaway's first post about Fiverr. There's plenty of great transcribers on there and most of them offer either revisions or refunds if you're not happy.

        Software on the other hand can easily mess things up if the audio quality is bad or if the speakers have some accent, or speak too fast.

        My personal favorite transcriptionist from Fiverr is the lady in my signature, Fiona. She offers both unlimited revisions, money-back guarantee and a nice and tidy format.

        That's my two cents, I hope I could help.

        Best wishes,
        Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author Allan123
      Hey thanks to all of you. I've already chosen one of your suggestions and the files are currently being processed. Will keep you posted. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    I wanted to chime in and add my favorite: Audio Transcription, Perfected

    Here is what I like about them:

    1. Really fast turn around and you can see the progress of the transcription in real time.
    2. Each speaker annotated
    3. Time coded
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Jackman
      thank you so much, this tool has some uncomfortable but it's quite good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alecia01
    Hello,

    Right click on the file and open it with notepad++. If you don't have it please Google it and download it, it will definitely sort out your issues.

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  • Profile picture of the author HunterST
    I tried fiverr but it was hard to find a consistently good provider. I found someone on elance who works great.
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  • Profile picture of the author mathewboly
    There are so many online, software & manual systems. I think you can see the Warriors For Hire or Fiverr or, Freelancer, there are so many freelancer who is waiting for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Davidconstable
    You should hire freelancer to do this work, even you can use any software, but I think Freelancer work will be more reliable than software.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allan123
      Thanks a lot guys. Just want to keep you all posted that I've chosen this transcription service https://speechtotextservice.com/.

      Using online speech to text services you can convert audio files to text document easily and its more reliable than downloaded software.

      Dragon is the most commonly used but can't be taken for professional purposes since you still have to train it.

      You can also hire in elance, freelance, odesk, etc.

      But one thing is for sure. As of the present technology in transcription, still nothing is free, unless you still do the work.

      Hope this adds up FYI.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I usually hire someone off elance. Just make sure you get a native English speaker - the results are more accurate that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Publisher1953
    Yep, used someone on odesk.com to handle a 85 minute file from a construction site tour with lots of background noise and stuff -- paid $50 -- might have got it for less, but it saved me several hours of anguish. Transcription isn't 100 per cent perfect, of course, but the time and stress saving was well worth the fee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Flyingpig7
    Have you tried VoiceBase - Store, Search and Share Recordings | Just another WordPress site ?

    I've used them a couple of times not bad at all. They are free with a limitation for mp3 files. I think it's 75meg for the free version. There are loads of other things they can do.
    I was very happy with the free transciptions I got which were from recordings that I could not hear what they were saying (mumbling).
    (I am partially Deaf so that was a godsend for me).

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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    I will add another vote for transcription gigs on Fiverr.

    I recently hired a young lady on Fiverr to transcribe an almost 20 minute video, and got almost 2,000 words of content for my blog which passed Copyscape and plagium ::: plagiarism checker & plagiarism tracker ::: home testing for duplicate content.
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  • Profile picture of the author theseoonfire
    Great this is excellent advice. I was really needing this today.
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  • Profile picture of the author mialucy06
    You can do this work by freelancer. I know there may have an apps,but it will be more accurate the use any freelancer. They will do this work at a cheap rate. If you use any apps,there may some mistake,so I suggest you to use any freelancer to get the best result.
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  • Originally Posted by Allan123 View Post

    Hi,

    Good day to all. I'm just new here and badly need help. Does anybody here knows any software or service where I can transcribe my audio files into text? I have tons of it in different formats and I have no time listening to all of it and transcribe it into words. I'm willing to spend a few bucks for it but better if it will be free.

    Thanks,
    Allan
    There are multiple ways to transcribe audio file;


    1) Using transcription software
    2)
    Manually - Preparing some specific algorithm


    As per my suggestion automated software never give 100% accuracy is only a myth. It is must be required to proofread & editing. My suggestion is that why should waste the efforts and time to do it yourselves, hire any professional transcriptionist or Just outsource to an expert transcription service provider.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malteaser
    Originally Posted by Allan123 View Post

    Hi,

    Good day to all. I'm just new here and badly need help. Does anybody here knows any software or service where I can transcribe my audio files into text? I have tons of it in different formats and I have no time listening to all of it and transcribe it into words. I'm willing to spend a few bucks for it but better if it will be free.

    Thanks,
    Allan
    I found someone on fiverr who did 30 minutes for $5.00 - just do a search on fiverr and find the ones that will do 30 minutes for $5.00, check the ratings and you'll be fine.
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  • Hi Allen if you want to transcribe your files using software then Dragon is the best one. Another way is that you can hire any transcription service provider like can convert your audio files into text as per your requirement.
    Here I am suggesting you top leading transcription professionals; hope this will help you.

    HitechTranscriptionServices
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  • Profile picture of the author mirbaharbd
    Originally Posted by Allan123 View Post

    Hi, Good day to all. I'm just new here and badly need help. Does anybody here knows any software or service where I can transcribe my audio files into text? I have tons of it in different formats and I have no time listening to all of it and transcribe it into words. I'm willing to spend a few bucks for it but better if it will be free. Thanks, Allan
    Yes, there are some software, but you will never get exact output. To get 100% accurate output, you have to work manually. In this case you can hire a freelancer from any freelancing market place. You have to choose the zonal freelancer of the Audio to get perfect work. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyFanta
    There is this service I've never used this service but If you're on a budget?

    https://speech-to-text-demo.mybluemix.net/
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  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    One transcription service I've used on many occasions is https://www.rev.com

    It is a service that uses real people to transcribe so it does have a cost but that is minimal and given the high quality result it represents good value.

    I'm aware this thread is old but if this info helps I'm glad.
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    • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
      Is this right?

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      Originally Posted by YaniSparks View Post

      Hello Guys,

      Our project https://speechtotextservice.com are paying from 15$ to 20$ for transcribers per audio or video hour. Join us if you have time.

      We have tons of work right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dyk Estrada
    There is a software that can do this. It is called Dragon Naturally Speaking or Dragon Software. It is quite expensive though and is not 100% accurate. I agree with some folks here about hiring some transcriptionists in Fiverr or other websites. Human transcription is more accurate than software.
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  • Profile picture of the author v2informatics
    I'm impressed that Dragon software can do what it does. However, I spent my money on what I thought would be a clean and correct transcription tool, and since it doesn't do what I need it to, I had to send it back for a refund with no hard feelings.. I am using services mentioned before. gotranscript.com works well for my projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author gedis29
    I personally like transcribefiles.net and rev.com I think these 2 are the best in the market right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author aplusone
    I am looking for a few good transcribers. Not the highest rate, but no crazy hurdles to jump through and pretty consistent work. Email me at advancedtranscripts at gmail https://www.advancedtranscripts.com. Working on a huge project this week!
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  • Profile picture of the author asiabd2016
    You should do this work manually, if you have no time, you can hire any freelancer. There are many freelancer available today online. You can use any site.But you have to take a test before hiring anyone. You can give him/ her a short file to make text. Then if you found him suited to do your work, then you can hire him. You should not use any software, if you want to get the best work.
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  • Profile picture of the author YaniSparks
    You can check on this:

    Go Transcript provides audio to text services, speech to text services, voice to text services, digital audio transcription, MP3 to text. Ensures 99% Transcription Accuracy!

    Hope it helps.
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