Transcription software of my dreams.

Oh my word! After having spent hours upon hours transcribing the massive number of interviews that we’ve had coming in at KTQ (4 docs currently in production!), the discovery of MacSpeech’s new release is music to my ears.


MacSpeech Scribe will turn your digital audio file into text! I’ve known about speech-to-text softwares out there, but even those would need us to listen to our interview clips and repeat each sentence for it to be transcribed. And because I’m poor, I’ve been using InqScribe, which allows you to play your clip in the same window as where you type your text. Doing it manually typically takes me an hour to transcribe 15 minutes of interview. I’m pretty sure that MacSpeech Scribe will enable my work to get done at least 4 times as fast!

Good things do cost money though. MacSpeech Scribe is available for purchase at $150 and requires that your Mac be running Snow Leopard. Certainly a worthwhile investment for all documentary production companies, in my opinion! :)

Added on Mar 31: Mmm, upon further research, it looks like the early adopters of the software have been complaining about the poor post-purchase customer support. Looks like MacSpeech still has some bugs to clean out. Probably a wise idea to wait till they release an update!

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Arianna Huffington speaks at the SVN Fall ’09 Conference

Conscious Planet Media has just released the first of its monthly conference speaker series. Taped at theĀ Social Venture Network Conference in Fall 2009 where Arianna Huffington was the keynote speaker. I was tremendously inspired by her insights and have grown to really respect her as one of the most important thought leaders of our time.


Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of twelve books. Click here to watch more videos by Conscious Planet Media.

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