I have interviews recorded with a digital recorder and saved as VLC files. Is there any software available which can help in automatic transcription of interviews into text directly from the VLC file ?
This might be a useful link for you...
Thanks for sharing the link. this is useful. I have used express scribe and found it to be effective.
Dragon has software however you need to "train" it. If you have multiple participants then it is not possbile as most voice recognition software only recognises the voice trained. Short answer is to pay for transcription - much easier!
Thanks for the reply. I am aware of the Dragon, but haven't used it till now. I will plan something soon.
I've been down this path. I couldn't find software that would accurately transcribe a digitally recorded interview. Dragon has limitations if what is being transcribed comes from a digital source. I found express scribe the best option because I could slow the audio down while I transcribed the interviews. Based upon what I've read, and my experience, it takes a minimum of 4-5 hours to transcribe 1 hour of digitally recorded interviews. Now the real question is, what's your time worth? You could pay someone to transcribe for you - but then you have to pay for accuracy. When you get to analysis, have you considered using NVivo 9.0. I'm just learning it and conducting my first analysis using it with my interviews data. It has some interesting analytical features. Check it out.
Thanks for the reply. I have tried to the transcription on my own and yes it take a lot of time as you mentioned. I am using Atlasti for my analysis and I am also learning it as I am working on my analysis.
thanks Ken for the advice. I am using the Atlas ti for my analysis. I am fouding it to be useful and easy to learn.
I highly encourage you to use NVivo either version 8 or 9. With this qualitative analysis software, you may straight away do the coding. Based on the coding and the analysis, than only you may want to transcribe particular section for your report. Watch this video for some ideas on how NVivo works for transcription and direct coding (no need to transcribe)...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVFJ8YCSKB4
Thanks for the time-saving idea. This sound promising.
Automatic Transcription software is very much useful, If your audio quality is excellent. If your audio files quality is OK or verbatim audio transcription better to go for manual audio transcription. For multiple speakers audio files, better to go for manual audio transcription.
In automatic transcription, much work needs to be done to massage this transcript into final form. Some of the initial work is:
Correct incorrectly transcribed words/phrases.
Correct punctuation/sentence breaks.
Define paragraph breaks.
If you have more than one voice it is almost impossible to get a good transcript. Add to that any background noise or a weak recording and you can pretty much forget it.
For cost effective manual transcription, you can refer to