Do you have multiple team members collaborating on an audio or video project? Do you work with a video or audio editor? Are you frustrated by all the back-and-forth?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are probably familiar with the tedious process required to get your content publish-ready. That process can include a combination of offline and online messaging through multiple channels like email, text, Slack, phone, or in-person. Your content is all over the place. You can’t find previous audio or footage. Simple tasks take way longer than they should. Yuck.
Look no further. We’ve made some huge improvements to Sonix for teams (Business Plan). Now you can invite users with different permissions to access, edit, or upload content.
One of the biggest challenges with audio & video content production is navigating the huge amounts of footage and audio. Before Sonix, there wasn’t a great way to store all this content and make it easily searchable. We fixed that. Now anyone on your team can easily search transcripts of video or audio to pinpoint key parts in seconds. Production teams will have every file at their fingertips. Not only that, marketing teams can easily find files / images that can be repurposed into blogs, podcasts, or other web content.
Sonix continues to push the boundaries of audio & video production and distribution. We will continue to re-imagine how people create and share media.
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, and transportation. It prevents discrimination against a group that has historically faced many barriers.
Why does the ADA matter?
The ADA matters for any business because the law states that it is illegal to provide good or services to the public that are not also accessible to people who have disabilities. Not only that, there are over 60 million Americans with disabilities.
Who does it impact?
The ADA impacts any business or government that is providing goods or services to the public. It is one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation that the US has enacted. However, what is defined as accessible isn’t always clear cut so there can be some grey areas.
How does the ADA handle websites and web accessibility?
Currently the ADA does not explicitly address web accessibility. It has generally been up to lawyers to assess how the ADA applies to websites and online content.
Having said that, the ADA is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). And the DOJ has issued a Supplemental Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) to incorporate web accessibility into the ADA standards.
The DOJ’s public position was clarified in the following statement made during the Netflix case:
“The Department is currently developing regulations specifically addressing the accessibility of goods and services offered via the web by entities covered by the ADA. The fact that the regulatory process is not yet complete in no way indicates that web services are not already covered by title III.”
These ADA guidelines for web access will continue to change over time and prevailing wisdom is that the ADA extends to online content.
What happens if I’m not compliant with the ADA?
Most complaints related to the ADA are generated by individuals with disabilities, their families or disability-rights organizations. There are times when the DOJ initiates an investigation but it is not common. If you receive an ADA related complaint to your organization you may get sued. It’s best to talk to your lawyer.
It should also be noted that the ADA does not have a team of inspectors. It is up to businesses and governments to comply with its requirements proactively.
What’s the best way for Podcasters to be ADA compliant?
If you are a podcaster or you create audio lectures, you should provide a transcript of the words being said. The transcript should be accessible online or by download.
What’s the best way for video producers to be ADA compliant?
If your business creates videos those videos should have closed captions. Captions should be time-synced to the speech. You should also make sure you are using a media player that can be controlled by the keyboard.
What is the least expensive and easiest way to make my website ADA compliant?
Creating transcripts and captions manually is the least expensive way but not the easiest. The easiest and least expensive way is to use an automated transcription service.
What is automated transcription and captioning?
Automated transcription is the conversion of audio and video into text using machines. There are several companies that provide this service. Below is a list of services ranked in terms of accuracy and price1.
Getting fast, accurate transcription is critical, but it’s really just the starting point for Sonix. One of the greatest time-saving benefits occurs after you’ve received a transcript. We call it the AudioText™ editor.
Let me explain…
The word processor (eg. MS Word) is one of the most amazing software tools ever created. It takes a new user less than five seconds to figure out how to use it and provides enormous utility. It’s no wonder it is still one of the most popular software applications on the market today. Compare that with the most popular audio editing software apps. They are all quite complex. If you’ve ever edited audio, you’ve likely cursed about spending days editing waveforms. You wish you could simply just edit the text.
So what if you could edit voice audio by editing text instead of looking at a jumbled timeline of waveforms? What if you could actually edit words and have that affect the audio? And what if you could invite other users to collaborate on the same project?
Well now you can!
Unclick sound in the player below to see how it works:
To be clear, Sonix isn’t a replacement for software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition, or Adobe Premiere. We see Sonix as your “pre-editor”. What we are solving is the tedious and time-consuming back-and-forth process between storyteller and audio engineer. We virtually eliminate the mundane work that is involved in every project. And if you play both roles (storyteller & audio engineer), you will find that when you edit text, you can truly focus on the storyline, not fine-tuning sound and levels. Sonix allows you to separate your thinking from storyteller to audio engineer.
The reason Sonix’s AudioText editor™ is possible today is because automated speech recognition has not only gotten so good, but it is also amazingly inexpensive (8 cents / min). Sonix leverages APIs from some of the largest tech companies on the planet and combine our own proprietary algorithms to deliver fast, accurate transcription. We have been independently reviewed to have the most accurate transcription among automated services.1
We hope you enjoy using Sonix as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. As more AI-powered tools emerge, Sonix will continue to push the boundaries of audio & video production and distribution. We will continue to reimagine how people create and share media.
Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globes accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She delivered a moving speech that brought many to their feet. Below is a transcript that allows you to follow along with the audio and text.
Many journalists, podcasters, filmmakers, video producers are looking at automated transcription as a quick and inexpensive way to turn their audio into text. There are a number of services that are providing this service so how do you choose? Below is a summary of an independent review1 of automated transcription services that was done recently.
Sonix was ranked highest overall and in terms of accuracy.
Happy Scribe (C+)
Go Transcribe (C)
Simon Says (C-)
Sonix OVERALL GRADE: B
$5 PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL WITH SUBSCRIPTION
Sonix’ accuracy is among the best reviewed, if not the best.
Good (but not great) Speaker Naming
Speaker Identification isn’t perfect
Trint OVERALL GRADE: C+
FREE TRIAL: 30 MINUTES FREE
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: US$15
Easy to Use
Decent Time Stamp Support
Speaker Names Must Be Entered Manually
The Student Project: Happy Scribe OVERALL GRADE:C+
FREE TRIAL: NOTHING, PAY AS YOU GO FROM THE START
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: ~$6USD (0.09 EUROS/MIN)
Pretty much on par with others in this class
Intro Music ignored
Super Simple Interface
No Speaker Names
No Bulk Uploads
Go Transcribe OVERALL GRADE: C
FREE TRIAL: 1 FILE, UNDER 10 MINUTES
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: US$13.20 (AND MONTHLY PLANS REDUCE THIS FURTHER)
Actually pretty good
Easy to Use
Nice Online Editor
No Speaker Names
Simon Says OVERALL GRADE: C-
FREE TRIAL: 30 MINUTES FREE
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: US $10 (AND MONTHLY PLANS REDUCE THIS FURTHER)
No Automated Speaker Names
VoiceBase OVERALL GRADE: D-
FREE TRIAL: 50 HOURS!
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: US$1.20
Amazing Free Account: 50 Hours Free!
Easy Signup and Upload Process
No Time Stamps
SpokenData OVERALL GRADE: F
FREE TRIAL: 1 HOUR
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: 6 EUROS
No Bulk Uploading
Strangely, Too Many Time Stamps
No Speaker Names
Audio transcription is complicated. We are here to simplify it.
At its very basic level, audio transcription converts audio or video files to text. As we have started on this journey, we quickly realized that audio transcription is a solution to a large variety of problems. And we are discovering new use cases each day.
We strongly feel that the technologies surrounding audio transcription (AI, ML, NLP) and the workflows will dramatically improve over the next few years. It is an exciting time.
What is the point of a resource center?
It’s simple. As we learn new concepts, use cases, workflows, and technology, we want to share those learnings with our community. We want Sonix to make people’s lives better. And the best part? There are a lot of ways for us to do so.
We are just getting started. If you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to email us.