I came across Jon Morrow's guest post on ProBlogger last night and it rung a bell with me because it relates to the use of speech recognition software. In my web video training productions I've occasionally resorted to the benefit of speech recognition software to create transcripts from the talent in our productions. In the video below, Jon gives a great primer about his recommendations, as well as a demo on the use of Dragon Naturally Speaking (version 10) to write his blog posts.
The technology has continued to improve over the years. And, since my purchase of Dragon Naturally Speaking (version 9) last year, I believe Jon when he says that Dragon Naturally Speaking version 10 is easily twice as good.
The video below is well worth taking some time to view. But, for some of you "bottom line" types ;) I took the liberty of including a timecode index so you can fast forward to key sections.
~3:00 Hardware is key to optimizing efficiency with speech recognition software.
~4:40 Today you can buy everything you need for less than $100.
~6:00 Recommended hardware... especially USB sound pods vs. just a sound card. It makes a huge difference in accuracy.
~7:30 KnowBrainer.com as an online resource for recommendations. But, check out also eMicrophones.com for price comparisons.
~9:05 Speed and power of your computer can make a difference.
~10:20 About choosing speech recognition software.
~11:00 Windows: Dragon Naturally Speaking (v10 is MUCH better over v9). Macintosh: Mac Speech Dictate.
~14:15 Demo on what it's like to write a blog post using Dragon Naturally Speaking.
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