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  • Why do all auto-captioning softwares seem to be online ? 😱

     Ben Balser
    updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    4 Members · 4 Posts
  • Jacob Giacometti

    January 9, 2023 at 11:45 am

    Bonjour !

    I was trying to find a kind of plugin, or even standalone, simply to create some auto-captioning like it is very commonly done around social media nowadays : the software analyses the audio, converts it to text, and aligns it to the audio giving you the option to select how many words per “slide” you want. Very common thing nowadays !

    But has anyone else also noticed that this technology seems to only exist in the form of “online” versions, with paid plans ? I was wondering how come there aren’t as well software/plugin versions, one could download to his computer and use his own microprocessor to do the processing !

    Very curious on your thoughts about this !

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    January 9, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Hey Jacob,

    Good Point.
    Adobe Premiere Pro will off-line let you create Speech to Text, with time-code (even just for transcript, I use it on most productions).
    If you want something without a subscription, there is also Nuance Dragon which will allow you to import audio files (I only checked the Professional version).

    However, reason for why most services are on-line, is because the language libraries they access keeps on improving and expanding – I understand that both Goggle and AWS runs language libraries, just to mention the “big” ones.

    I am a fan, and user of Nova, which does a lot more, including logging your rushes, than just transcribing and creating subtitles. Because of what is under the hood, they can also translate the transcript from any selected language, to a large number of languages and create subtitles (although not 100% accurate, sometimes as low as 70% – depending on source and/or target language). Over the last year I have for my clients transcribed English productions and translated to Spanish (Mexican), and a few African languages.

    Don’t know if my link will give you a special offer, but do feel free to take it for a spin:
    Although, this is an on-line service only.

    Hope that this helps.


  • John Fishback

    January 9, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    There’s an app for Final Cut Pro called Captionator on the App Store, which I believe uses a local library. It’s a bit of a pain to format the captions, but its accuracy is pretty good.

  • Ben Balser

    February 24, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    Scribeomatic and SymonSays are both extensions for FCPX and work really great.

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