Category: Announcements


Announcements New! Transcription Realignment

After a lot of editing, words and phrases may no longer perfectly align to the audio or video file. Need your timecodes realigned after editing? No problem.

Just use our realignment feature and we’ll magically re-align your transcript to the audio. You can find this feature under the Timecode drop-down menu in the top nav. It’s $3 per hour.

New to Sonix? Click here for 30 free transcription minutes!

Announcements New! Transcription Status Labels

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! đź‘Ź

 


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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.

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Announcements Sonix and Zapier take automated transcription to the next level

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:

  1. Automatically transcribe your audio and video files stored on other services

  2. Send your transcripts to predefined folders

  3. 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.  

Here’s a full list of apps where you can add audio & video files and have them transcribed.

Send completed transcripts to your favorite apps

Once Sonix has transcribed your audio or video, you can have the transcript sent to almost any app you want. If you work with Dropbox, you can have Zapier save every new transcript as a new Microsoft Word document to Dropbox. The entire process automated and you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that all your transcripts are in one central location.

Here’s a full list of apps where Sonix can send completed transcripts.

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.

Here’s a full list of apps that Sonix can send notifications to.

The power to streamline your workflow

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.

You can explore all the Sonix and Zapier integrations or you can create your own integration with any of the 1,000+ apps on Zapier.

Happy transcribing!

Announcements Multitrack transcription and automatic speaker labels

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:

  1. You can name speakers before you upload to get automatic speaker labeling with near-perfect precision
  2. You will get more accurate transcripts because voices on each track are isolated
  3. You can export from Sonix and retain separate tracks

 

You can set up multi-track upload in your account under preferences: https://my.sonix.ai/preferences

New to Sonix? Click here for 30 free transcription minutes!

 

Announcements Laurel vs Yanny: AI speech recognition leaders Google, Amazon, Sonix, and IBM can’t agree either

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.

Here are the results:

Google’s Speech API

Amazon Transcribe

Sonix

IBM Watson Speech to Text

Announcements Want more traffic to your podcast? Introducing the Sonix SEO-friendly podcast player

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!

You can see it in action below:

Pete Combs Recording Tips

Intro of capturing great audio

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.

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It’s super easy to use. Inside Sonix, you just click the “EMBED” button in the top right corner of the transcript and copy & paste the embed code to your website.

New to Sonix? Click here for 30 free transcription minutes.

Announcements Sonix has built the world’s first SEO-friendly media player

If you like almost every other content producer, you’re always looking for ways to drive more traffic to the amazing content you created. That’s why we built the world’s first SEO-friendly media player.

Supercharge your content SEO

Sonix takes your audio, podcast, or video and automatically transcribes it. We stitch the audio to the text so it’s fast and simple to polish. Once you’re happy with the transcript just share it using the SEO-friendly media player and start reaping the benefits of better SEO. That’s it.

Full Transcript by Sonix: Taylor Swift interviewed by Barbara Walters

Introduction

Next is a young woman who moved from Nashville to New York this year and seems bent on global domination. Her parents named her after James Taylor and her fans are called Swifties. If you haven't guessed her name by now you are clearly living under a very large rock. One magazine headline says it best. Taylor Swift is the music industry.

You could say there was one song this year that you just couldn't shake off: Shake it off. Taylor Swift's giant hit single off her a giant hit album 1989. 1989 sold over a million copies its first week. Unheard of these days and was the only album to go platinum in 2014. The one time teen country singer became a pop powerhouse this year. A one woman exception to the rule that in the digital artists cannot make money selling records.

Are you worried about losing fans?

This is your first album of all pop songs. Are you at all worried that you will lose some of the country fans?

I am not worried about that. I'm really in touch with my fans and I know what they like. What my fans in general were afraid of was that I would start making pop music and I would stop writing smart lyrics. Or I would stop writing emotional lyrics. And when they heard the new music they realized that that wasn't the case at all.

Taylor's success is based on her close relationship with her fans. They are called Swifties. They see themselves in her and she sees herself in them.

Your fans feel so personal about you. I mean you're the only one I know who invites people back into your house. Do you still do that?

Yeah, I decided that I wanted to play this entire album for the fans long before it came out. I wanted it to be like this whole secret society gatherings and living rooms. And so I decided to have them in my houses.

We have 89 fans waiting in the living room. The entire 1989 record.

I want to come up with as many ways that we can spend time together and bond because it keeps me normal. It keeps my life feeling manageable.

Is your life normal?

Is your life at all normal?

No.

No.

Not at all. And that's why when I go online and I go on Instagram and I see a post from Emma who lives in Philadelphia and she's talking about how her day was at school that day. That helps me.

You still do that?

It's the only thing that keeps me not feeling overwhelmed by the abnormality of my life.

What's the most abnormal?

The most abnormal thing about my life is having sort of crowds form everywhere you go. And just everywhere. So that starts happening and then you have to take security everywhere you go. All of a sudden you realize that you have not been alone truly for five years.

Taylor has been a star writing and singing her own songs from the time she was 16 when her first country music album debuted.

My senior year.

Relationships

She's won just about every music award there is. Going on. before our eyes. Her autobiographical songs deal with the problems of growing up and having or not having relationships. But while her fans identify, critics have accused the two autobiographical.

If a guy shares his experience in writing, he's brave. If a woman shares her experience in writing, she's oversharing. And she's she's over emotional. Or she might be crazy or watch out shall write a song about you. Well that is joke is there is that joke is so old and it's it's coming from a place of such sexism.

Boyfriends

As she has become more famous so have the boyfriends. Her hits chronicle of high profile relationships that blossom with her die and then get turned into song lyrics. But Just as her music has changed, so has her attitude toward romance.

Love & heartbreak fading to the background

It seems like when I move to New York love and heartbreak and all the things that used to be my main factors in my music kind of faded to the background. Of course love is still very interesting to me as a writer but.

As a writer not as a beautiful young woman?

Now right now.

No?

I just like I just feel really happy and I'm really protective of that.

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Why is having a full transcript important to SEO?

Search engines like Google don’t index audio & video nearly as well as they do text. Words are fundamental to search. They are the building blocks. The entire science of search and SEO is based on keywords. Search engines like Google have millions and millions of databases that are centered around a particular word or phrase.

Evergreen content keeps attracting new visitors

One of the greatest things about SEO is that search engines never forget. If you’ve got indexable content on your site, search engines will continue to attract new traffic long after you’ve stopped promoting your content. Not only that, SEO is typically one of the highest return marketing investments you can make.

New to Sonix? Click here to get 30 free transcription minutes!

Announcements Edit Video by Editing Text (automated transcripts and video editing)

Earlier this year we released the world’s first AudioText Editor™ which synchronized the text and the audio when you play back a recording. If you click on any part of the transcript, the audio will jump right to that place so you can quickly edit the transcript. And by editing the transcript, you are actually editing the audio. That was revolutionary for audio…but what about video?

Well it works for video too. You can now edit video by editing text!

Check out this quick video to see it in action:

New to Sonix? Get 30 minutes free transcription here to try us out!

Announcements Automated transcription + Edit video by editing text | Adobe Premiere & Sonix

If you work with spoken-word video and use Adobe Premiere, this is going to save you a lot of time.

What if you could get a transcript for your video in a few minutes and have those transcripts appear in Adobe Premiere? What if you could edit the video by editing the transcript?

Sonix has built the world’s first AudioText Editor™ to make this possible…

Upload a video to Sonix and you’ll get a full transcript in minutes. You can then edit your video by editing text. That’s right, you can edit video by editing text.

You can mark key parts in your transcript and have those corresponding clips (and the text) available in Adobe Premiere. And search also becomes faster and easier. Quickly search for parts of the video by searching for key words.

Here’s a video that shows how Sonix works with Adobe Premiere. Enjoy!

New to Sonix? Get 30 free transcription minutes here.

More on the world’s first AudioText Editor™ here.