Category: Review


Review Should I go to Podcast Movement? -> A quick review of Podcast Movement

Attendees are bullish on the future of podcasting

We just finished up Podcast Movement in Philadelphia. An event where podcasters, podcast producers, and radio folks convene to talk and learn about everything related to podcasts. We loved meeting face to face with many of our customers and meeting a bunch of new people too. There are so many great stories being told and so many interesting projects among this community. For many attendees podcasting is their livelihood. For others, it was another ‘must-have’ marketing medium for their brand or a place to learn how to start a podcast. One thing was incredibly consistent: everyone was bullish on the future of podcasting.

            

 

What’s the structure of Podcast Movement?

Much of what you’d expect happened at Podcast Movement including keynotes by industry influencers like Pay Flynn, Jarl Mohn, and Terri Gross. Google made an appearance to talk about their new foray into podcasting. There were break-out sessions every day on topics ranging from marketing to production to monetization to ‘how to create a podcast’. But what we found made the conference great was the hallway conversations. So great to meet loads of geniunely great people with passion and interesting stories.

 

    

 

Things outside the event
Philadelphia treated us well. The Reading Terminal is an awesome place to grab lunch; it’s filled with every kind of food you could imagine strewn with stalls from end to end of the iconic building. We lucked out with our dinner choices too. Talula’s Garden was our favorite. If you’re going to Philly make a reservation. It won’t disappoint.

 

Should I attend Podcast Movement in 2019?
Every individual and company is different. We base our decisions on a mix of ROI and exposure. We found it a good use of our time and plan on going in 2019. See you there!

 

Review Best transcription tools to convert audio to 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.

Sonix (B)
Trint (C+)
Happy Scribe (C+)
Go Transcribe (C)
Simon Says (C-)
VoiceBase (D-)
SpokenData (F)

 

Detailed reviews:

 

Sonix
OVERALL GRADE: B
FREE TRIAL
$5 PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL WITH SUBSCRIPTION

ACCURACY:
Sonix’ accuracy is among the best reviewed, if not the best.

POSITIVES:
Great Interface
Great Editor
Good (but not great) Speaker Naming
Time Stamps

NEGATIVES:
Speaker Identification isn’t perfect

 

Trint
OVERALL GRADE: C+
FREE TRIAL: 30 MINUTES FREE
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: US$15

ACCURACY:
Good

POSITIVES:
Easy to Use
REALLY Fast
Caption Formats
Decent Time Stamp Support

NEGATIVES:
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)

ACCURACY:
Pretty much on par with others in this class

POSITIVES:
Follows Along
Intro Music ignored
Super Simple Interface
Price: Inexpensive

NEGATIVES:
No Speaker Names
No Bulk Uploads
Transcript Downloads

 

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)

ACCURACY:
Actually pretty good

POSITIVES:
Easy to Use
REALLY Fast
Nice Online Editor
Time Stamps

NEGATIVES:
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)

ACCURACY:
Just Alright

POSITIVES:
Editing
Price
Time Stamps

NEGATIVES:
No Automated Speaker Names

 

VoiceBase
OVERALL GRADE: D-
FREE TRIAL: 50 HOURS!
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: US$1.20

ACCURACY:
Not great

POSITIVES:
Amazing Free Account: 50 Hours Free!
Easy Signup and Upload Process

NEGATIVES:
No Time Stamps
Speaker Names

 

SpokenData
OVERALL GRADE: F
FREE TRIAL: 1 HOUR
PRICE PER HOUR AFTER THE TRIAL: 6 EUROS

ACCURACY:
Pretty bad

POSITIVES:
Speed
Serviceable Editor

NEGATIVES:
No Bulk Uploading
Strangely, Too Many Time Stamps
No Speaker Names
Confusing Interface

 

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1  https://popuppodcasting.ca/blog/automatic-transcription-services-compared