Transcription Options

Want to transcribe your audio files?  Here are some options:

1. Pop-up Archive – Free + Paid Options

This is amazing!  Not free (past one hour) but reasonable. However, they will deliver you a timestamped machine-transcribed transcript (voice recognition software) in as many minutes as your audio file is long. You can also tag it with a full set of metadata. Your audio files and transcripts are stored online publicly or privately, as you choose.

2. Transcribe– Paid

Also not free but reasonably priced. This tool allows you to dictate your audio as you listen and has tools to let you make corrections to the voice recognition as you go. $20 for an annual license.

3. Mac Native Dictation Free with Mac

Mac’s native dictation tool allows you to dictate in any word processing document using voice recognition software.

4. Dragon Speak Paid

Dictation tool works with Word, Google docs, etc. This is pricey desktop software.

5. Rev Paid

For a dollar a minute ($1.25 plus timestamp) you can get human-transcribed transcripts delivered within 24 hours, usually less.

Know of any other options? Share with Nina, and I’ll add to this list.

New Tool: Live streaming on your smartphone is here

PeriscopeComposite1Two  smartphone apps that allow anyone to livestream via Twitter have emerged in the past two weeks; Meerkat (for iPhone and Android) and Periscope (currently only for iPhone).

Both apps allow anyone to live broadcast video, take viewer questions during the stream, and allow the stream to be saved to the phone (and later uploaded to a website.)

Early indications are that Periscope will emerge the winner.

So far, neither one allows the live stream to be embedded into a web page, but that is likely only a matter of time.

Poynter has this on how journalists should navigate these new posts.

And The Guardian has this piece on news organizations already experimenting with the apps.

The Economist used Meerkat for a broadcast  on UK deflation:

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The tool also has obvious application for breaking news, behind-the-scenes tours, and general silliness.

Here’s an overview of Meerkat and here’s one of Periscope.

What are your ideas for how WDET might use this tool? Pat at the Tigers? Live in-studio performances? Behind-the-scenes tours? Breaking news?