Video-to-text transcribing has become relevant as a means of providing accessibility, creating content, and editing. The development of various services helps users to complete the work fast and efficiently. In addition, there are techniques that enhance the quality of the final product.
Rask AI as an Example of a Modern Video-to-Text Converter
Rask AI is a modern that includes a set of tools for working with video content. It includes the following features:
- AI-powered transcription – Rask AI recognizes more than 130 languages, providing accurate video-to-text transcripts;
- audio translator – the platform is able to transcribe and translate speech, providing accessibility for foreign users;
- speaker recognition – a final video-to-text transcript is created recognizing various participants.
- Rask AI provides accurate final products with few mistakes and overall high accuracy. The tool is able to work with large files seamlessly, saving time and effort for the content creator. Transcripts can be downloaded in SRT format and later used as subtitles.
Rask AI is not only a video-to-text converter. It also has an AI-powered dubbing service, that provides automatic translation and prepares content for foreign users. This tool can be used for later conversion or making a voiceover of important educational or working materials.
Users have an opportunity to try out various features for free. In order to use Rask AI tools in everyday work, there are several monthly or yearly paid plans available for content creators:
- Basic – provides 25 minutes of automated dubbing, automated video-to-text converter, and machine translation engine, costs 49$/month, suitable for personal and educational use;
- Pro – gives access to 100 minutes of AI-dubbing, makes SRT uploading available, provides AI rewriter for facilitating work with fast speakers and an opportunity to try out the first soon-to-be-released Lip Sync tool costs 119$/month, suitable for professional content creators expanding their activities into new fields;
- Business – provides 500 minutes of dubbing with the access to abovementioned tools, costs 499/month, suitable for global content distribution activities by full-fledged businesses.
The specific needs of enterprises are covered by custom Enterprise plans. They include a full toolbox provided by Rask AI and a personal customer manager who facilitates contact with the client. The price of the Enterprise plan is also individual and varies due to the needs of the business and the presence of custom features.
Rask AI facilitates the job of the following departments and ventures, as well as individual creators in the respected fields:
- EdTech services;
- HR and L&D;
- marketing services and sales departments;
- dubbing teams;
- gaming production.
Other Tools and Means to Transcribe Video to Text
While it is suitable to have a powerful solution with an extended toolkit, in many cases individual transcribers or freelancers lack the funds to wield them. They have to use simpler approaches in order to perform adequately.
In many cases beginning transcribers work with videos manually. They listen to the material and write word for word what they have heard. This approach is not efficient due to the several factors:
- time constraints – being able to complete a transcription quickly transforms into both higher efficiency and earnings, manual conversion takes sufficient time, especially in cases with poor audio quality;
- exhaustion – long videos are difficult to convert into text quickly and accurately since content creator needs rest to recover from monotonous job;
- lack of automation – some processes such as raw text input may be automated, but lack of it makes the job more difficult.
- In order to facilitate a video-to-text conversion, content creators use different free and paid options. They are mostly used to help put in raw text in order to edit it further: check the contents, put timestamps and punctuation marks, divide the transcript into paragraphs and according to the speakers.
Services, that are used by transcribers in order to facilitate their job, are divided into two types: converters and apps that record text via microphone input.
Transcribing by a Converter
Converters automatically convert video to transcript in various formats. They provide the final product in various formats, such as TXT or SRT. Free versions of such services are time-restricted, allowing clients to convert only a small part of a video in order to assess the quality of a transcript.
In order to ensure the correct work of a service, it is important to check available languages and the presence of a noise-absorbing function. Otherwise, the converter may provide a transcript of low quality, making the content creator do additional work.
Transcribing Using the Microphone Input
The second type of service does not convert video to text automatically. Transcript is created by playing a file on the second device and the audio is recorded by a microphone in order to provide raw text.
It helps transcribers to both get acquainted with the material and create an outline of a final product at the same time. In order to provide a “good-enough” quality of a raw transcript, the content creator has to keep in mind the following aspects:
- device quality – both dynamics of the second device and microphone should be good enough to play video with clear audio, it is also pertinent to have a noise-absorbing microphone in order to enhance the quality of a raw transcript;
- video quality – it is important that speakers speak clearly, steadily, and distinctively, it is possible to play video in slow-motion mode, making the speech more comprehensible;
- lack of timestamps, punctuation, paragraphs, and speaker division – the transcriber has to keep in mind that there is a significant deal of work left after raw transcription is done.
Nevertheless, the services that record microphone input and transform it into text are helpful when there is sufficient time for editing, making the final transcript of high quality.