Thursday, March 25, 2021

A List Web Conferencing Transcription Systems


Microsoft announced an AI-powered live transcription service (AI we can use BTW) in Microsoft Teams, answering Zoom’s new feature.  That got me thinking that they are not alone, as we share below...





The announcement from Microsoft posted on March 23, 2021said:

“We’re excited to now offer live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings for English (US). Live transcription is a written record of the spoken text that occurs during a meeting. It identifies each speaker, is captured automatically in near real time, and is available during and after the meeting.

Delivering live transcription with high accuracy, minimal latency, and cost efficiency at enterprise scale has been one of the toughest challenges in the industry. Over the last two years we’ve made significant strides in solving this problem and have dramatically improved our models for accuracy using meeting context in real time and cutting-edge AI.

Live transcription in Teams uses a meeting's invitation, participant names, attachments, etc. to improve the accuracy and recognize meeting-specific jargon for each transcript automatically, without any human involvement. This means no one at Microsoft ever sees the meeting’s content, and the models are automatically deleted immediately after each meeting. In addition, Microsoft doesn’t use or store this data for improving its own AI."

Cool huh? The other speech to text web conferencing systems I know about are:

Zoom Live Transcription -

"Per the press release: “Now we are excited to announce that we are looking to take our efforts a step further and are working towards making automatic closed captioning —what we refer to as “Live Transcription”— available to all of our users in the fall of 2021.” -

A friend working with used the transcription system for several conference events in 2021 as a demo.  It worked well.  See more about it here.

Cisco WebEx Transcripts - Click here to learn how to turn on this function.


Here are articles on some other systems.

And some advice…

 I believe it is best to think of these systems in two parts for your court.  First, you have a digital audio/video recording of your event.  And second, you will have a “rough” machine transcript that can be edited into a final “perfect” document if needed.  You do not need a perfect document every time because not all cases are appealed.  So, I think it makes sense to save money.


Last, I “borrowed” the photo above from the Montgomery Maryland court transcripts website has a lot of additional interesting information including the court rules for transcripts and fees.

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