Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Check Price on Amazon.com)
What is the difference between audio transcription software and speech to text software?
A speech to text software allows the user the user to talk into a microphone at their computer and what the users says is then typed out in a text document.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking learns your voice over time, making the speech recognition very accurate, and you give the software grammar commands to end sentences & start new paragraphs. This is called dictation software.
Why use speech to text software?
Speech to text software is very useful for the following reasons:
- You have problems typing and need assistance.
- You’re somebody who does long dictations such as a doctor, lawyer, or academic.
- Speaking is much more natural than typing out what you’re thinking.
- It will save you time.
- Your hands will be free allowing you to multitask while you dictate.
Express Scribe (Check Price on Amazon.com)
What’s transcription software?
Transcription software is different than speech to text software. For example, Express Scribe allows the user to load an audio or video file and play it back, using either keyboard hot keys or a foot pedal, and then the transcriber types the words they hear into a text document.
Transcription software allows the user the flexibility to customize their transcript. An example of customization is time stamping, or time code transcription. Time stamping is useful because when somebody reads the transcript they’ll know exactly when somebody said something. For example:
At 00:00:01 the speaker introduces themselves,
“00:00:01 Hi, my name is David.”
Then 45 seconds later at 00:00:46 the speaker says,
“00:00:46 I’m talking to you today about transcription software.”
Also, the main difference is dictation software can only recognize one voice at a time. A lot of audio files recorded, for example by video production companies or a university will have multiple speakers. Dragon will not be able to recognize five different speakers at a conference, or even two people for a sit-down interview.
In summary, if you’re a transcriber looking to get started, always purchase transcription software before you try speech to text software. Express Scribe is a good choice if you’re starting out as a transcriber. It’s free to try and a license is usually between $30 and $40.
It’s intuitive and easy to use, it works on both PC & Mac computers, and Express Scribe loads basically all audio & video formats for transcription (MP3, WAV, WMA, MP4, MOV, WMV, etc.) without a problem.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Express Scribe, another great option is FTW Transcriber.
- You can customize your time code & there is an automated time stamps feature.
- Software can convert audio or video types to other formats automatically.
- You can type in an MS Word document as you playback your audio or video file.
- Great customer service.
- They usually respond via email in the same day and will even make changes or additions to the software upon request.
- Very affordable pay as you go price plan.
- You can try the software for $10 for one month, or sign-up for two years at $1/month, or $24 total.
- Sorry, no Mac version available, FTW is Windows only.
Update – 06/14/2021:
- Due to the positive response of this blog article, FTW kindly offered us a discount on their software.
- Click here to receive a 7% Discount when you purchase FTW Transcriber.
A reader of our blog expressed concerns that we didn’t fully answer the question this blog post poses. I’m afraid she is right! Here is a more detailed explanation of Transcription Software vs Text to Speech Software — and a brief description of the more “modern” Text to Speech Online AI Service.
If you have any questions please feel to contact us. Take care & happy transcribing!
I can give it a shot, it would be a very long article so my apologies for condensing it too much when it was originally written.
Speech to text is when you speak into a microphone and a computer program — like Dragon — analyzes your speech and gives its best effort to then put it onto a text document (like MS word or any format that works on PC/MACs).
I believe Dragon you can now simply place an audio file in the software and it will analyze it, although I could be wrong, I haven’t used it in years.
The automated text services that are offered online do essentially the same thing and will analyze speech. You upload the audio file/speech file. The audio file is now on their server, the audio is processed and analyzed on their end of things. Their “AI” then automatically puts its results onto a Word document that you can edit later and/or while listening to the audio.
A transcription software simply speeds up the process for the typist and is generally the most accurate way to transcribe. So, for example, stenographers have their setups. At Flawless we use a specialized keyboard, foot pedal, and transcription software. The foot pedal allows us not stop the audio recording with our feet so we can continue typing with our hands.
It does get expensive to hire a typist as it can take 3, 4, 5 hours depending on the content to transcribe 1 full hour of audio.
Hope that helps. Thank you!”