SAN FRANCISCO, CA—APRIL 10, 2019Sonix announced today that it has been nominated for Best Website in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.
Sonix is revolutionizing transcription and re-imagining how audio and video content is created and shared. By using artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning, Sonix makes content production and distribution, fast, easy, and affordable.
“Nominees like Sonix are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year.”
“Being recognized for all the work that we put into Sonix is truly rewarding”, said Jamie Sutherland, Co-Founder & CEO of Sonix, “At the end of the day, we want to make it fast and easy for storytellers to get their amazing stories told.”
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 13, 2019, at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.
Transcription is painful. Sonix is the most elegant way to transcribe, organize, and search your audio and video files. Audio and video transcription is now fast, accurate, simple, and affordable with Sonix.
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps, Mobile, and Voice, Social, Podcasts, and Games. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: YouTube, WP Engine, EY, YouGov, Vitamin T, WNYC Studios, Fast Company, ESA, Product Hunt, and Social Media Week.
Now, you can better restrict access to individual files and folders.
Many users wanted to share transcripts with people outside their organization, but they didn’t want them to access their entire account; maybe an external editor or a client. That’s why created two new roles for our multi-user Business and Enterprise customers: External Editor and External View Only.
It’s really easy to restrict certain users to files and folders as well. You can do that from the ACTIONS menu on your home page as shown below.
We’ve got a new feature we think you’ll love! It’s called: Status Labels
Our latest workflow feature is now live in Sonix! If you want an easy way to identify the status of a transcript (eg. Editing Complete, Ready for Review, etc), you’re going to love Status Labels. Simply select the status of your transcript and create your very own custom labels! 👏
Status labels is available in our Business Plan. The Business Plan is great if you collaborate or work with multiple people on projects. It’s a multi-user plan so you can set up each collaborator with different levels of access. The Business Plan also includes detailed analytics for the Sonix media player and priority support. If you are on the Professional Plan, you can easily upgrade to the Business Plan.
Why waste your time converting audio and video to text when a computer do that for you? Did you know that Sonix’s automated transcription can be even more automated?
Sonix’s new integration with Zapier lets you connect with more than 1,000 apps to automate your audio and video transcription. This way you can focus on your content and not the mundane tasks of content creation, transcription, and subtitling.
It’s simple: Zapier watches your apps for new data and then kicks off actions from the rules you preset.
For example, Zapier can:
Automatically transcribe your audio and video files stored on other services
Send your transcripts to predefined folders
Send you notifications when your transcripts are complete
If this sounds awesome to you, get ready to feel both smart and powerful as you discover all the things you can automate when you combine the transcription power of Sonix and the automation power of Zapier.
Sonix plus Zapier equals awesome.
Add audio & video files to your favorite app and have them automatically transcribed
This is an obvious time-saver for audio and video producers that want to streamline their transcription process. Simply add your files to Dropbox, GDrive or any other storage app and your files will get transcribed. Do you spend a lot of time in your inbox? You can also forward an email to a Zapier address and have the audio or video attachments automatically transcribed.
Receive notifications when transcripts are complete
If you want the ultimate oversight of everything that’s happening with your transcriptions, you can create a Zap that will send you notifications to your place of choice. Heavy Slack user? With Zapier you can have all your transcripts slacked to a channel of your choice when they finish along with a link so you can view the final result.
Zapier gives you the power to streamline your audio & video content workflow. Incorporating automation into your process can save valuable time so you can focus on what’s important, not mundane, routine tasks.
While we were at Podcast Movement in July, we ran a contest for 50 free hours of transcription. We are happy to announce that Gabriel Murillo has won the prize!! Gabriel is the founder of Podcast Press. Podcast press makes your podcasts sound smooth and professional, all while saving you time and money.
If your audio or video recording has speakers on separate tracks, you are going to love our new multi-track feature! You can upload each track separately and then Sonix will combine those tracks into one transcript.
Why use multitrack?
Many podcasters and radio folks capture each speaker separately by using different microphones to isolate each person’s voice. The result is a multi-track recording which has multiple benefits when using Sonix:
You can name speakers before you upload to get automatic speaker labeling with near-perfect precision
You will get more accurate transcripts because voices on each track are isolated
You can export from Sonix and retain separate tracks
Sonix, an emerging leader in speech recognition, compared its speech recognition engine to the biggest players in this space including Google, Amazon, and IBM.
The results are mixed with Google & Sonix recognizing “Laurel”. Amazon recognizing “Year Old” which is closer to Yanny. And IBM recognizing both “Yeah role” and “Laurel” which is like a mix of Yanny and Laurel.
To conduct the test, Sonix used the Yanny vs. Laurel version that Cloe Feldman first posted on Twitter.
We just released the Sonix SEO-friendly podcast player!
If you are like most people that create awesome podcasts, you want that podcast to get found easily. You want more visitors plain and simple.
Why did we build it?
For anyone that works with spoken-word audio, it’s a huge miss not using the transcript as a tool to drive better SEO. Search engines like Google can’t crawl audio nearly as well as text. Having a transcript of your audio makes your content far more discoverable.
How it works
The Sonix SEO-friendly media player not only allows listeners to follow along with the transcript, your audio can now get fully indexed by search engines. That’s right, when search engines like Google crawl your audio in the Sonix media player, they will pick up every single word. You can also create show note that will automatically appear in the player. These are also indexed by Google!
: My name is Pete Combs and I'm a reporter for K O M O KOMO radio in Seattle. I've been doing this for about 40 years and my life has basically revolved around gathering audio and putting it on the air.
: The gathering audio part is what I want to talk to about because there's a lot you can do to make your audio presentations sound great and to improve the quality of audio for the purpose of transcription. For instance when you're doing phone audio you want to record that on a landline if possible.
Levels and cadence of speech
: Speak slowly and make sure that there are no glitches in that landline connection. If there are, do them over again. It doesn't hurt and it could make the transcription a lot more clear.
: If you're doing it in person, the one thing I tell you, is make sure your levels aren't too high. In the digital world you can certainly boost levels all day long but when you try to deal with levels that have gone too high and they distort, there's nothing much you can do. The audio will just remain terrible. So if you have any doubt about the volume of your recording go low and you can adjust later.
Volume of recording and exact leveling
: I usually do my recordings at 4,400 hertz or 44.1, and I use 64 bit audio when I do an MP3. For radio use I usually record MP3s at 44.1 kilohertz and I use a bit depth of 64 kilobytes per second. That's pretty clear. And again the volume is the key here. You don't want to get too loud.
Summary of capturing great audio
: Try those as you're making recordings for transcript and if you have any problems remember this: Slow down. The slower you go the easier it is for the computer to figure out what you're saying. I'm Pete Combs. Good luck and happy recording.