Camtasia Switch Speech Recognition Engines for Captions

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Is it possible to switch to another speech recognition engine?  I'm using Windows 10 and find the speech to text recognition very poor.

I'm an author and use Dragon Naturally Speaking to draft most of my books. In contrast to Windows, it's very accurate as I have spent many hours training the software. I'm wondering if there is some way to integrate my Dragon speech recognition engine with Camtasia?
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There are a couple of ways to use Dragon to create your caption text.
Depends on your work flow.

Probably the most common is to export your narration out of Camtasia and transcribe it with Dragon
and then  bring the transcription back in to Camtasia and sync and time it to the video.

Another way if your machine can handle it is to record just your narration outside of Camtasia with a audio software like Audacity and also have Dragon running and recording then bring the audio and the Dragon recorded text into Camtasia.

Those are a couple of ways.

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Thanks. That's given me a couple of ideas I can use. I  also realised reading this that I may be able to split the audio track out in Camtasia and then take that into Dragon. Thanks for your help.
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Unfortunately, No you cannot.

You could export your audio and transcribe it with Dragon.
However, You really need to create another user profile before doing this.At least if you use Dragon 15. I made a HUGE MISTAKE by using Dragon 15 for transcribing.This was just a few weeks back

It worked great, but it corrupted my user profile and made Dragon 100% unusable.
A one+ year user profile went out the window.

I contacted support because I couldn't activate my microphone after my transcription. Here's what I learned.

- informed the customer that transcribing could corrupt a certain profile. {Mine}
- the customer needs to create another profile for transcribing..- educate the customer about exporting the vocabulary on his corrupted profile.
- apologized to the customer about what happened.
- end of call.

Bottom Line..........It's a known problem......If you create a separate profile for transcription, then you should be covered.

So, if you have a professional version of Dragon. You close your user profile. Temporarily rename it “Transcribe”. Export it. That way, you will have a highly accurate transcription profile tailored to your voice. No Dragon training required.

Rename your Original user profile back to its original name in Dragon.

Import the transcription profile. Be sure to use that profile for transcription.

Dragon saves the text as rtf. Converting to srt for import to Camtasia presents some challenges. At least, There’s no easy way I’ve found to do that.

You can just copy and paste lines or paragraphs of text into captions manually. It's still a lot faster than correcting the endless errors Windows creates.

Microsoft and TechSmith hitched their wagons to a Lead Balloon in speech recognition technology.Back when it was in it’s infancy. And haven’t let it go.

Regards, Joe      

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Thanks for the tip and sorry you had to go through a profile corruption. I know how painful that is. I had just been thinking about using your approach so this could have saved me from a possible problem. I will certainly be using a second profile. Thanks for the help.