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Transcribe Audio to Text

The Complete Guide and Best Tools

Transcribing audio to text has become an essential skill in various fields, from healthcare to content creation. Transcribing audio to text allows you to convert spoken words from dictations, interviews, podcasts, lectures, and more into written form, making it easier to analyse, edit, and share.

 

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore various methods, tools, and techniques to transcribe audio to text efficiently. Whether you’re a professional transcriber or someone looking to transcribe audio for personal or professional use, we’ve got you covered.

 

Let’s delve into the world of audio-to-text transcription and discover the best practices and tools available.

Understanding Audio to Text Transcription

Before we dive into the practical aspects of transcribing audio to text, let’s grasp the fundamentals of this process. Audio transcription involves listening to an audio recording and typing the spoken content into a text document. It requires careful attention to detail, language proficiency, and good listening skills.

How to Transcribe Audio to Text Manually

Transcribing audio to text manually is a time-consuming process, but it offers complete control over the accuracy of the transcription. Here are some step-by-step guidelines to transcribe audio manually effectively:

 

Select the Right Environment:

Find a quiet place with minimal distractions to ensure accurate transcription.

 

Listen Multiple Times:

Play the audio several times to catch every word, especially if the speaker has a strong accent or there are background noises.

 

Use Transcription Software:

Consider using transcription software that provides shortcuts and hotkeys to increase your typing speed.

Tools to Transcribe Audio to Text

If manually converting audio to text isn’t something you’re willing to undertake and you’re looking for a more time-efficient solution, online tools for audio to text transcription can be a game-changer.

 

Ensure you know what you’re getting in to. Most free online audio to text software really struggles with industry-specific terminology. If you’re trying to convert audio to text with a lot of medical terminology, legal terminology etc. you may struggle to find accuracies over 60-70%.

 

Nevertheless, here are some popular options:

Accuro

Accuro offers a number of audio to text transcription services. From speech recognition to human made transcripts, Accuro has you covered.

Accuro’s speech recognition service to keep costs down, starting at £0.10 per minute of audio converted to text. This is backed up by industry specific terminology dictionaries (see Accuro’s Medical Transcription page) curated over 20 years of transcription, you’re unlikely to find more accurate speech recognition anywhere else on the market.

Accuro also offers proofread speech recognition, utilising a human proofreader from your industry to ensure 99% accuracy.

Alternatively, you can utilise Accuro’s complete human-made audio to text transcription which ensures 99% accuracy, along with converting your audio into text on to your own templates. The value of having these typed direct on to your own templates means you don’t spend more time copy and pasting over to your template, again, reducing the time burden of typing your audio into text yourself.

Microsoft Transcribe:

Microsoft’s transcribe feature converts speech to a text transcript with each speaker individually separated.

 

Accuro actually spent years investigating the best AI speech recognition platform, and Microsoft Azure came out on top. This is why Accuro utilise Microsoft’s Transcribe (Microsoft Azure) as the backbone of their speech recognition platform, whilst adding to this API to improve its usability for industry specific speech recognition.

Google Transcribe:

Google offers an API with a credit system; purchase credits to transcribe your audio; however, you must understand how to use the Google transcribe API.

Otter.ai:

Otter.ai is another good option that provides automated transcription services, making it ideal for various audio to text transcription requirements, provided the quality of the audio is very clear and not very technical.

The Role of AI in Audio to Text Transcription

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionised the transcription process, making it faster and more accessible. Companies like Accuro and Google have developed advanced AI-powered transcription services that provide impressive accuracy.

 

In conclusion, transcribing audio to text can be achieved in a variety of ways, either free online platforms or paid, premium services such as Accuro.  From academic research to content creation, converting audio to text is becoming common place.

 

Accuro recommend embracing the power of AI-based audio to text transcription services and enjoy a more efficient transcription process.

 

For more information on Accuro’s industry-leading audio to text services, get in touch today.

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