Jeremy Caplan on Otter and AI for Journalists
7:24PM Jun 6, 2019
I'm Jeremy Caplan, I'm Director of Education for the town night center for entrepreneurial journalism at the Numark school of journalism at CUNY. I came across otter in my searches online for new transcription services, and been looking for new ways of transcribing more efficiently, more cost effectively, more quickly, and found that AI has become a big part of transcription. And I found Otter and tested it and realized it worked really well and was really easy to use, was fast, and was free to get started with. So those are all good things and started giving it a try. I've certainly found it to be very accurate and general sufficiently accurate, I don't typically need it to be exactly 100% right for every single word. Because I'm getting just transcriptions for material, I'm going to then edit through audio or video. But it's really been accurate enough to be very useful. And importantly, it's been very fast. So so you get a transcription back pretty much minutes after you upload material, even if it's an hour long. So that's been really useful. I think AI for transcription is hugely valuable. We went from, you know, spending $1 a minute and waiting weeks to get back your transcript, or at least days to now having almost instantaneous transcription, done with quite a great degree of accuracy. And with spending very, very little. So you know, you may be using the 600 minutes for free when you're getting started with something like otter and then you know, a few bucks a month if you're a teacher or maybe 10 bucks a month if you're not, and for people who rely on transcription for the work that they do the professional work that they do that seems really fair and quite affordable. For the quality of the service you get.