The popular transcription service, Rev, sent out early access invites to select customers for their new automated speech-to-text service. Rev claims that their service is powered by industry-leading speech recognition, but doesn’t reveal the name of the technology they’re utilizing.
Rev says the automated transcripts aren’t meant to replace human transcribers but are perfect in the following situations.
- Need a transcript ASAP
- Are limited on budget
- Have high-quality audio
- Only need a rough draft or have time to edit yourself
I decided to test the service with the most recent Coywolf Digital Marketing Podcast with Samantha Anderl. The audio file was 9 minutes long, which made the transcription cost less than a dollar at $0.10 per minute.
After I submitted the order it said it would take up to 5 minutes to process, but it actually took less than 2 minutes to process. My guess is that it will take longer if a lot of people are using the service or the audio file is long. The results were surprisingly accurate. Based on my comparisons, I would put the accuracy rate much higher than 90%. I marked the parts that weren’t accurate in the example below.
|Original Transcript||Automated Transcript|
|Welcome to the 7th episode of the Coywolf Digital Marketing Podcast. I’m your host, Jon Henshaw. In this episode, I’m sharing an excerpt from my interview with Samantha Anderl. Samantha is a co-founder of Interimly. Interimly provides go-to-market services, demand gen, and marketing operations for growth companies, like VC backed startups. Our conversation picks up where I was asking her about what marketing channels new businesses should focus on the most. That led into a much bigger discussion about building a marketing foundation for scale.||Welcome to the seventh episode of the coil off digital marketing podcast. I’m your host, Jon Henshaw. And this episode I’m sharing an excerpt from my interview with Samantha and Daryl Smith as a cofounder of interimly normally provides go to market services, demand Gen and marketing operations for growth companies like VC backed startups. Our conversation picks up where I was asking her about what marketing channels new businesses should focus on the most. That led into a much bigger discussion about building a marketing foundation for scale.|
In my experience with Rev, this is a very useful service to offer. While I prefer human transcribers because I think the quality of the transcription is better, there have been times when I wished I had this service. In both cases, human or automation, I always do a final edit of the transcript. The biggest difference with this new automated service is that you can have it almost instantly, but it will take you a little longer to edit.