Time is precious and the information is valuable. There is always not enough time to concentrate and think over some information, which slips away, leaving no traces in your mind. We forget things easily unless we practice some mnemonic techniques. And here’s a puzzle of the day for everyone how not to lose any of your personal thoughts or important facts of the meetings, save more time and not to be compelled to your laptop or smartphone? The key to the puzzle is to record an audio. We have already experienced the convenience of voice search in the browser or voice notes in messengers. But how to apply this life-hack, for example, to work or studies, when there is a big need then to transcribe an audio file, which requires separating the amount of time from your stacked schedule to listen and type it down. Doesn’t it look like a double-trouble? Exactly. Nobody likes unfinished puzzles or lost parts of it.
So there is something you may really like. With the time and development of technologies, especially AI, our info-puzzles can be collected faster, save a dozen of our time and protect us from being overwhelmed and stuck. The technology that will help you with this at arm’s length. You can easily transcribe audio to text for free using either your own smartphones with voice-recorder or specially designed devices with apps. Let’s consider some of them and dig deeper into the framework of how to auto-transcribe audio to the text.
Every single smartphone with any OS has a voice-recorder embedded in its operating system, so you can easily just tap on the red bottom and start speaking. As soon as you’re done it is going to be saved as an audio. Or you can use any digital specially designed device for that purpose. The last advancement is Senstone, the portable voice assistant. It looks amazing as an accessory, which you can wear on the collar of your shirt or stick to the part of your clothes. Easy and beautiful to use and be up-to-date.
Now you have a recording, but your initial request is text. It’s time to choose the service which can help you to get the words in front your eyes. The choice is robust with services: Transcription Panda, iScribd, Volcamatic, GMR Transcription and a bunch of others. Just choose the one corresponding your needs and budget. Usually, you are able to test it for free with some not really long recording. With the AI technologies and Senstone which have an app, everything is transcribed for free, but you need to buy the device itself.
The only thing which could have become a milestone is a protection of your personal recordings and info recorded. But it’s easy to overcome it just by creating your personal profile, verifying the e-mail address.
Time to upload the file to the web-platform. Audio and video recordings in following formats MP3, MP4, WMV, AIF, M4A, MOV, AVI, VOB, AMR, WMA, OGG, and WAV are acceptable. As uploading process finished, you will get a confirmation note. Sit back, grab a quick coffee or shift your attention to other task and wait for the confirmation email which has a link to your transcription to be sent.
Follow the link from the letter you received and start operating the transcription as you need. Download it in DOC, TXT or PDF format and edit on your computer. You can either edit this text, erase irrelevant or type some additional info in the embedded editing program in the service platform. At some of them, you can listen to the recording and follow the text simultaneously to follow along and see the exact timestamps and speaker names synced with corresponding content.
The times when ideas flow the most naturally, brainstorming sessions or just relaxing walks – are quiet moments when the words are slipping by and losing their initial value. Auto transcribing audio to text eased the life and freed lots of time for productivity.
Katin runs her own podcast show, and interested in best ways to transcribe audio recordings into text.