In a digital world, transcription feels like tube amps and mechanical typewriters. It’s an affront to all things modern. In short, it’s a laborious process that kind of sucks.
Sure, Premiere Pro has some built-in tools, but they feel mostly like an experiment and a bad one at that.
Apple offers a dictation service that is remarkably good with a human voice but falls short when you feed an audio file to it.
So how come a better solution doesn’t exist, one that offers a deep integration between the timeline and a transcript?
Adobe, if you’re listening, here’s my dream for Premiere Pro CC 2016.
Audio Transcription On Ingestion
Import a file with audio and Premiere Pro automatically emeds a timecode-based transcript into the file.
Text Document That Contains All Transcription In A Sequence
Premiere Pro creates a text document based on which portions of a clip are used in a timeline.
Highlight a clip on the timeline and the corresponding section of the transcript also becomes highlighted. And conversely, highlight a portion of the script and the timeline clip becomes selected.
The amount of time saved with this workflow would be extravagant.
I’d easily pay a thousand dollars or more for this kind of power. And I bet a lot of other people would to.
So who wants to take my money?