Camtasia Speech to Text and Dragon Naturally Speaking

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Can I use Camtasia with an alternative to Windows Speech Recognition? I am thinking of trying it with Dragon Naturally Speaking because the Dragon product is superior to anything Microsoft throws together.
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Hello Gary,

I'm about 95% sure the answer is no, you can't use Dragon Naturally, but I'll double-check on that.

Can you use Dragon to give you a SRT or SAMI file? You can bring those into Camtasia and it should sync beautifully.

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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It would be really nice if Camtasia would work out a deal with Dragon Naturally that you could use it to caption media and time sync it. It would also be great if the caption editing window was a pop-out window that could be resided for the video.
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I would really like this.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I import my profile files from Dragon NaturallySpeaking into CS8 to jump-start the speech-to-text captioning process?.


I have a lot of additional specialized vocabulary that I have created in my Dragon profile. Is there any way NOT to simply start from scratch with voice training in order to use text-to-speech to caption my projects? Thanks! 
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I, as well, use dragon. please include adding it's engine for CC as an enhancement request.
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Hi FredthWhale and others:

I am going to turn this thread into a feature request.
Please be aware that the Camtasia team sees these feature requests.
I can't say if this will ever be implemented, but I wanted to let you know we see your ideas.

Thanks,
Kelly
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Awesome, that means a lot to me. Having captioning right in Camtasia is super-lean, and very handy. However the Windows engine simply isn't accurate enough. Being able to use Dragon would be wonderful.
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I would like to cast my vote for this feature, as well. The built-in Microsoft accessibility feature is very inaccurate, even after extensive training. Editing automatic captions in Camtasia is almost as time consuming as entering them manually. Thank you in advance.
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Although it's been out for some time, and not implemented, I want to add my voice here.  I teach students who are learning English as a second language and also who have some difficulties understanding spoken lectures.  Having accurate captions is of huge importance to me.
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Are there plans to incorporate this function (Dragon) into Camtasia (started 4 years ago)?
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Not likely, the newest version of Dragon Naturally Speaking is $300.
It's an older version having been released quite some time ago.You can pick it up for $150 these days.
I think the math is pretty cut and dry. It's to expensive to add to Camtasia.

I've been using Dragon for years, it's a stand alone product.It doesn't plug into any product or program.So currently, to the best of my knowledge.Its not an option.
 You can input a voice recording, and it can transcribe your voice to text. If you want Dragon, you have to purchase it.That's your options.

Regards,Joe
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I would agree with you.

My further $0.02 on that is that Dragon has no real competition... and Nuance acts accordingly.

The Windows 10 dictation system is a pathetic joke in comparison; no customisation, no training, no correction.  What else is there out there aside from Dragon for heavy dictation loads?

However the "pull a figure in the high 90's out of my pants" accuracy rate is pure fantasy, as much as the "15% more accurate with each release" number. And I say that as someone whose first encounter with Dragon was, if memory serves me right, version 6. (I used IBM Via Voice before that.) I've found that 15.3 starts to get paaaainfully slow to start after a certain time too.

It's the least worst product out there for voice dictation. By which I mean that you need to SCOUR the text for errors because you can bet that with any non-trivial block of text, there will be some hidden away. This is less of an issue when dictating into, say, Word which has spell checking and grammar checking which can help catch some of these things... but Camtasia doesn't. Such features could be added of course, but how far down that road do you go?

Although less of an impact for something like Camtasia usage, it's absolutely pathetic at number handling (for someone who uses numbers extensively, like me). Number mode is a train wreck, since it excludes some essential navigation commands. Excel integration seems to have been an exercise in box checking because numbers mode is unusable, and if you're in normal mode Nuance might care to explain why, if you are entering a series of numerals in a range of cells, you will get "for" unless you say "numeral 4".

Nuance couldn't care less, because they know that their customers don't really have anywhere else to go. The voice dictation market has become niche. That's also why they don't have a user forum aside from "Nuance Communities are easy to use message boards to interact with peers and experts. Share your experience, get answers and stay current by joining the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Nuance Community — coming soon". And it's been "coming soon" for over 12 months now.

It's also why they pull stunts like providing support for a whopping 6, count them, 6 months after purchase as I found out when I finally found my way into my account a few weeks ago to report a bug that I had come across. After that, you want support? You pay. Even if they don't bother releasing updates for months to years on end. Most decent software companies offer support for their current release, but I suspect that Nuance don't do all that many current releases because they know that they have to put zero effort in to maintain market share.

I can see the utility of Dragon integration and would not be sorry to see it happen BUT I still have a concern that Techsmith would be doing themselves a disservice by getting into bed with a company like Nuance.  I use Dragon because despite all its flaws it's too productivity-boosting for me not to use it. But if another company came up with a comparable offering I'd drop Nuance and Dragon faster than 6 year old unwashed gym socks.

In the meantime if one really, REALLY needs to use Dragon to add (say) subtitles, Dictation Box is *a* way of doing it.
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Well Mal Reynolds,

I’m going to respond to you using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I’m refusing to make any corrections whatsoever and letting all mistakes remain unchecked.

I agree with you that there technical support leaves much to be desired. However, I’m not sure how you give technical support or offer it? Without blowing up the switchboard so to speak. When users with lousy microphones. Horse voices. People who speak inconsistently and don’t bother training their Dragon. So to speak. Because you really have to put in your time to train the program properly.

You have to be sure to speak at a consistent speed from one day to the next. You need to tone of your voice to be relatively unchanged from one day to the next. Using the same microphone at all times. When the program makes a mistake you need to make the corrections using the program. Meaning that in my second paragraph I see that the word there is spelled THERE. I should tell the program to select the word there and from the menu choose the word THD IR. Okay well there’s my second mistake or should I say dragons second mistake out of all these words.

My typing is far more prone to errors than Dragon and it spells much better than I. I’m afraid I was not one to spend as much time in school as I should have when I was growing up.

I don’t use the math and of Dragon. I stated the math and and twice now Dragon has printed and instead of end. So this is one of these things you have to persist in correcting Dragon a few times and it will usually start to get it right or you need to correct your enunciation. End of story.

Anyway you slice it, it truly is an incredibly accurate program if you use it correctly and take the time to train your Dragon. Ever since the movie came out train your Dragon. I’ve always liked to refer to Dragon NaturallySpeaking as training your Dragon.

I think it would be a nightmare for tech support to try to explain to people time and time again that they need to take the marbles out of their mouth. Speak clearly and train their Dragon. I think they owe it to their customers to provide basic technical support. Ensuring the program works correctly. And helping them with any updates, program crashes etc. and so forth. But I think they could get really hammered with people that just don’t get it questions. I’ve always believed that’s why support only last six months and have been frustrated by this as well. That’s just my opinion on how it came to be.

Google’s tried to create their version of the program. And by comparison, Dragon is the shining star.

With all the tones and subtleties of a voice. Dragons way ahead of the curve in the technology. And perfecting it may be an impossibility, because nobody pronounces the same word exactly the same at all times.

 

I put the above text in a word counter on the Internet. There are 508 words. 2766 characters. I believe there are less than 10 mistakes in all of those words. Yes there is proofreading that is required but there is proofreading required in any written text. That would give this particular body of text and accuracy of 98+ percent. So you cannot improve the accuracy of Dragon by 15 percent when you’re only .18 percent inaccurate to begin with.

Sorry Dragon math doesn’t work worth a nickel for you. But I think Dragon naturally speaking over all is wonderful.

Version 13 was the first that really started to impress me. This newest one is the best yet. They have continue to improve with every new version. To what degree or percentage I have no idea? What I can assure you every new version is better than the last.

Regards, Joe

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Ah. I've sometimes seen some of your posts where I thought that (for example) a choice of word was odd, and I should have realised that you were using Dragon for it because it does exactly the same to me. I wouldn't dispute that it has a very high accuracy rate, but I've noticed that the longer you go, the higher the error rate climbs, even in 15.3. There are times when I might dictate for 30 minutes at a time (some of which will be in sleep mode as I look things up), and toward the end the error rate will ramp up. It still has a few annoying peccadilloes where it needs extensive retraining, but these have become fewer over the years. ("Ears" and "years" was one that I remember from earlier versions.)

Still, there are enough errors that I'd be loathe to use it to create (say) captions in Camtasia, or at least not without subediting like a hawk.

I'll take your word for you having found improvement in accuracy; I haven't really noticed that much of it between 14 and 15. Between 13 and 14 I'm less sure about this to be honest I didn't use 13 is much as I planned to. I go through cycles of wanting to use it to improve efficiency, getting frustrated by errors, putting it aside then starting to use it again. However between 12 and 15 I would definitely say that I find considerably fewer errors.

I should clarify, though, that's not the kind of tech support I'm talking about. I'm talking real "this program has a bug" tech support and also, to a lesser extent, "how can we make the program better" tech support. The most egregious example in the latter category is number entry; this isn't just math but actual numeric data entry. With some web sites that I visit there are numbers that you can't download, but typing would be error prone and tedious. Sometimes I can use Snagit's OCR but I've found that that can be verrrrry hit and miss. The other option is to dictate with Dragon.

If Nuance gave a stuff, or even bothered to think about how their program was used in the real world, they would make it so that in numbers mode in Excel "Tab" would mean tab to the next cell. Heck, in normal mode it would mean "tab to the next cell" by default because the statistical likelihood that anyone would want to type the word T A B into an Excel cell is remarkably low compared to the alternative.

Also there would be voice commands that allowed you to specify which form of the word "1st" (et cetera) you intend just as there is with the command "numeral". Trying to jam a "one size fits all" into the options just doesn't fly.

But even outside of improvements, there are things like the modern toolbar not working, and "What can I say" not opening. I raised that with tech support before my 6 months of support (which I didn't know was the limit; good luck finding a reference to that limitation anywhere until you see it in your supported products list) ended. After much back and forth, I (not they) figured out that it was because I had installed it on the D:\ drive since I was short of space on C:\. My bet is that there was some lazy hard coding. I was lied to... I mean told... no, I mean lied to... that Nuance "does not recommend installing the program on another drive". I scoured the installation manual and you will find that exactly nowhere. Also there is no warning when you run the install program.

Another example, which occurred after my 6 months had expired, was this:


Somehow, it had corrupted my profile. If that's all it was, fine. But it rendered the program completely unusable. You could not close the profile, you could not close Dragon either, because it claimed that the profile "nospeaker" was not found. The only way you could close the thing is either via the task manager or PowerShell. The program documentation doesn't go into a lot of detail about where the user profiles are, as a result of which any clueless newbie who got bitten by this particular snake would be in a world of hurt and doubly so if they are outside their 6 month period. In my case, I just remove the profile and created a new one which of course did mean having to go through and recreate custom words as well as getting rid of ridiculous settings like Roman numerals appearing after certain words.

I don't think it's acceptable that a company fails to provide support for that sort of thing more than 6 months after purchase when they have such a gap between releases. In my view, Techsmith (a word which was not recognised by Dragon, incidentally, make of that what you will 8^> ) has a much better support process. These days they make it clear and obvious what support you can get, and for how long.

The other thing too, with the Google program that you mentioned; voice recognition seems to split into 2 distinct branches. Google, Amazon with Alexa, and Apple with Siri are all trying to go down the personal assistant path where what is said is less important than what is intended. None of those applications are intended for transcribing large bodies of text accurately. The only significant player in that market is, unfortunately, Nuance. And MHO is that lack of competition is a bad thing. It means that while Dragon will never be perfect, and I never expected it to be perfect, I seriously doubt that is ever going to be any better either. I hope I'm wrong about that.
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Fair enough, I don't usually use Dragon in the forum. Well, almost never. If it's a long response, I might fire it up. I use Firefox and spell check. It makes corrections that make less sense than Dragon at times.


I export my user profile on a semi regular basis. To 3 separate hard drives which is overkill. But I’ve come to value my profile just that much having lost one in the past. User profiles become bloated. My current one is just over 1 GB. I created a bare-bones new profile just now to see how large it would be. It’s 126 MB.

Oddly enough, I lost my profile by transcribing a voice recording from a Camtasia trec file into words as a test. I wanted to see how accurate the transcription would go. To give an honest assessment to a Camtasia forum question. Or recommendation or whatever the heck I was up to.

My attempt corrupted my user profile and made it unusable. I must have accidentally deleted my only backup user profile when I upgraded my computer to 3, 1 TB SSD drives.

As it turns out. You should have a separate and completely independent profile for transcription. Because of what happened to me.

Long after the six-month period had expired on my official tech support. I called tech support and they explained this to me. You won’t find that bit of advice in the manual either. At least I don’t think you will, I’ve never read it.

 I’ve actually called tech support on several occasions and have received support every time. They let me know they shouldn’t be helping me when they shouldn’t have. But did so anyway. I’m pretty sure official support was expired on most of the occasions I contacted them. I don’t know where you’re located and if that’s a practical approach for you? Calling them on the phone that is.

I’m not actually a power user of Dragon. If I’m storyboarding a video production. Creating text that I want to follow. I find it’s very handy for that. I don’t write a lot of long-winded emails or anything of that nature.

I go through periods where I use it quite a bit. It’s been my experience that when the error rates tick up. The user profile benefits greatly being run through accuracy tuning. I’m using Dragon now and intentionally taking a lot of time. Taking breaks and moving on to do other things. Seeing if my error rates increase. I prefer to dictate into Microsoft Word as opposed to using web browser integration. Then simply copy and paste into a browser. Because browser integration seems to be riddled with errors. Sometimes it works well, other times it does not. Much like trying to get SnagIt to scroll a webpage. One day it works, the next day TechSmith is trying to rewrite the program to integrate with the browser.

Here’s the funny yet not funny at all, thing about Microsoft. You can download and install a program called Dictate into Microsoft Word. It’s much more accurate than the Windows voice recognition system. At transcribing text into Microsoft Word. Perhaps it’s just a work in progress? And it will be replacing the current train wreck that is Windows voice recognition?

Not sure what to tell you about the modern toolbar? I’ve always used it and it works well for me. I realize that doesn’t help you.

Well, I’ve been coming back and forth to Word. Roughly one hour now. Surfing the web and doing other things. I don’t see my error rates increasing as far as Dragon is concerned. Memory usage for Dragon in task manager is 33.6 MB. CPU usage is registering less than 1% at the moment. It’s not the resource hog that it used to be. My CPU jumps about 20 percent when I start talking.

Anyway, we probably talked enough about Dragon here in the Camtasia forum.

Have a good one, Regards, Joe

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Thanks Mal and Joe for both of your perspectives.  This is helpful; I have tons to learn!
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I have used Dragon Medical Practice Edition version 11.0 for many years in my medical practice and have found it to be exceptionally accurate. I tried subsequent versions (non-medical) of Dragon, but found that they weren't any more accurate than what I already had. Furthermore, Dragon Medical Practice Edition lets you dictate into any field anywhere on the screen in any application without using the Dictation Box or any other intermediate step. Subsequent versions of Dragon disabled that capability such that you can only directly dictate into certain applications and otherwise have to dictate into the Dictation Box and then paste the text into the application, which clearly is less efficient. Once I realized that they had deliberately disabled that feature, I refused to update and have seen no reason to update since then.
It is true that the user has to have a good microphone and good dictation practices (not slurring, speaking extremely fast, etc.) and has to train any unrecognized words, but for me at least it has been an exceptionally good product.
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Theres actually a huge difference between versions.
That difference may erode with a fully trained Dragon?

I used to use the cheaper versions of Dragon.The ones that wouldn't let you import or export profiles. So when you upgraded, you had to start all over with a new profile.
I was of the mindset, I wouldn't be upgrading. So the cheaper version was good enough. And I certainly wasn't purchasing the $1,600 medical version. I was in at $100 I think?

Anyway, I've been using the same microphone all these years. Nuance 5 star  rated. Or should I say 5 Dragons: Andrea NC 185 VM Noise Canceling Head Set.

So, Version 11. Out of the box. You read from a book the program provides you to train your Dragon to recognize your voice. If you don't train your Dragon. And just use it. The litany of errors looms large. The number of mistakes are huge. And training your Dragon is a lot of work.

Version 12. Out of the box. Noticeable improvement over 11. Made less mistakes than 11 but not a leaps and bounds improvement.

Version 13. Out of the Box. Holy Smokes, this was the game changer in out of the box accuracy. It recognized practically everything I said without training.

When they offered me a pre-released version of 15 pro for under $100 I jumped on it. I just checked and it's back up to $300 these days.It was on sale for $150 for quite some time.

Version 15. Out of the box? 13's so good, I don't know if 15's better or not? I suspect it is. With 13 being nearly flawless in my memory. How do you top that?

The real difference is how much time you don't waste training training your Dragon today. As opposed to years ago, when the Dragon's were not as bright.

Regards,Joe
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Ok you experts, my apologies up front if I'm not getting the basics here using Camtasia 2018/19 along with Dragon 15.  Here's my scenario: Record using Camtasia but need close captioning (CC).  I ultimately need to render and post the recordings on a SharePoint site. 

So my question(s) on the steps are these:  a) Export/copy the mp4 file from Camtasia into Dragon   b) Dragon would then create the speech to text, (much more accurately than Windows speech to text I would expect) then c) Import the SRT (?) file back into Camtasia, edit it and sync it to the video in Camtasia. 
Is this sequence of steps correct?  Or am I way off base and missing something here?  It's not clear to me what file types are needed.
So presumably, does the mic type not matter since I'm using the mic with Camtasia up front?

Thanks much in advance!
Carrie
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You've got the basics correct.
however,and this is important. You need to create a new user profile to do your transcribing. Dragon has a known bug that Can and will corrupt and destroy your user profile, when used for transcribing.
I know I had this happen to me. And tech support told me they were aware of this. They haven't released any updates to correct this problem.

So the best thing to do is create a brand-new user profile using your old profile. That way Dragon will recognize your voice and do a better job.Here's the best way to go about it in my opinion.

I'm going to post a lot of images to help anyone who sees this thread.
Start by going into profiles and open your manager user profiles.



Export your current user profile.



Create a new folder anywhere you wish. This folder was created on my desktop and I named it Dragon Transcribe Voice.





navigate to that folder and open it. You will find your user profile's name in a folder at the top. You need to rename that folder to change the name of your user profile.





for myself, I just named it Transcribed voice.



Then import the new user profile.




Close your regular user file if it is open. Then open the new profile.





You will want to export your audio from Camtasia as a.wav file at some point in this process.



go into tools and open the transcribe recording function



Go to import audio file and import The Camtasia wav file

Choose the output text file next. And export as an SRT for import into Camtasia.



That will get you captions into Camtasia.

Or you could open that file without importing it into Camtasia. And copy and paste the Words into the appropriate Locations in the video. Which may be an easier approach than trying to cut and split and edit all of those things within Camtasia.

I've never been in a position where I've had to do this. So I have no experience with captions in the best way to edit them. I just know how to transcribe using Dragon Naturally Speaking.I want to to be prepared if I ever needed to use this function.

and that's about it
Regards, Joe
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I'm new to Dragon, so bare with me.
I do need the srt or smi file for captioning, but that is not available on Dragon.
I called Dragon and they also said it doesn't do that. 
Am I missing something?

thank you
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Sorry, my bad.

I just checked and it exports to .rtf

I've always opened them in Word. Proofread and made corrections. Then imported them through copy and paste using Word.

I don’t know why I thought you could export as .srt

I’m really sorry about that. Putting you through so much trouble.

Regards,Joe

I just wish I could edit my post }:>(
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Thanks so very much Joe for all the specific detail here - appreciate the screenshots too! 
Am I correct in thinking that I do not need to be concerned with Dragon 'supported' microphone types in that I am doing the actual recording in/thru Camtasia? (the mic I use is not on their list)

Also, what or where is the user profile you mention that I need to separately create?  Do you mean the Windows speech to text profile?
thanks again,
-Carrie
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So, no you don’t need to use a Dragon supported microphone. I use one myself and I’ve had great luck with it. Recently Dragon has said you don’t need a recommended microphone as well. But what you want is a high quality microphone if possible.

I use an Andraea noise canceling headset myself. Model NV185 VM USB. You can pick one up at Amazon for less than $40 at most times.It carries the highest rating of five dragons from Nuance. I love the noise canceling aspect because I can run a window air conditioner. And the microphone doesn’t pick up the sound of my air conditioner.

You don’t need to create a new profile the way I was showing you. Not if you don’t want to. You could just create a brand-new profile and call it whatever you wish.

Here’s the problem,and what happened to me. I used my current user profile to transcribe a recording. The next time I tried to use it for dictation, It crashed, and the profile become corrupted forever.

If you create a profile strictly for transcribing. This won’t happen to you.According to tech support at nuance. If it's your transcribing profile the crashes, it's no big deal because you still have your original profile uncorrupted to work With.

The method I was attempting to show you involves you exporting your current user profile. Then re-importing it under another name.

I don’t know how familiar you are with Dragon. But every time you use Dragon and make corrections through the program, or add a new word, or allow it to scan your email to learn from your emails. And through other means that the program can learn from you. All of this information is added to your profile.

Take the name Camtasia for instance. Dragon doesn’t know how to spell that or write it. So I told Dragon to spell the word, and I spelled Camtasia. Then I further train Dragon by having it record me saying Camtasia. Once I’ve done that , The program recognizes the name when I say it. A user profile that has never been updated or learned from you. Has a file size of around 220 MB.And make mistakes a trained Dragon would not.

My user profile is over one gigabyte in size. So when I use it. It makes very few mistakes and knows exactly what I’m saying.

So if you been using Dragon for a while, and you created a separate profile using the same information. Then transcribing your voice, the transcription will be more accurate as a result.

Creating a new profile is simpler, but it knows less about you than inserting your own.

I hope this clears it up for you, if not feel free to ask me another question.

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Thanks again Joe.  I'm not familiar w/Dragon whatsoever (ordering  v15 soon) so your tips are most appreciated.  I like the idea of creating a separate profile for transcribing alone.  I will have different speakers depending on the project so am assuming it would make sense for each speaker to have a profile?  Do you train it as you do in Windows text to speech?

re: Andrea headset - thanks for your review.  Couldn't find your model, Model NV185 VM USB but did find Model NC185 VM, perhaps that's a replacement model?
Again, appreciate your time!
-Carrie
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It's this one https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Communications-C1-1022600-50-NC-185-High/dp/B003VW41G8/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_...

I'm not sure how Dubi's technique is faster as I don't create closed captions. I ran a test and transcribed a 1,065 word audio recording in a 1:28.


You'll have to ask dubie how his technique is better. As I said earlier, I don't use this technique.
It would probably be best to contact Nuance and inquire what they would recommend for this workflow.

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> Take the name Camtasia for instance. Dragon doesn’t know how to spell that or write it

Funny story; I had to dictate an e-mail about Camtasia just yesterday. Every time I would say the name it would go in spelt correctly, but in lower case. After a few times of correcting it I got jack of it and used the Add Word option to train it to use title case.  Yet it STILL continued to put it in in lower case. I therefore went to the Vocabulary Editor and found that it had lower case "camtasia" as a standard word. (Bearing in mind that my EN-AU vocab will probably be different from your EN-US one.) I therefore deleted the standard word, leaving only my (title case) recorded one.
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Joe,

I didn't say it was a better way but that it can save some time.
One of those personal preference things.
For it works for my work flow, Someone else maybe not so.

Instead of having to export the audio out of Camtasia or extract it out of the .trec file first and run it through Dragon to transcribe it, Dragon can be making a text file from the get go.
Then just make any correction and then transfer it from the dictation pad and use in Camtasia.

Eliminates export and transcribing time.
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That is funny; why ever would camtasia be a standard word, even in EN-AU?  Good on ya Mal for tricking Dragon and figuring a work around.
-Carrie
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Thanks Joe for the headset model clarification; I did see that one and wondered.
Your transcription test was pretty impressive.  
Dubie - so I'm not clear - you record first directly into Dragon and then transfer it to Camtasia?   Is that only audio that you need?  I use audio and video in Camtasia so would your method still work productively?
thanks again for any clarifications.
-Carrie 
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I make a normal Camtasia Recording, audio and all, but I also have Dragon running at the same time creating a text file in the Dragon dictation pad.

I stop the recorder and Dragon.
Send the recording off to the Camtasia editor.
Make any text corrections in the Dragon dictation pad
Transfer the text to my clipboard and then paste it into the
Camtasia captions.
Split and sync the text in the captions to the video audio.

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csakai

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Thanks very much for the clarification Dubie.  Sounds like something to try!
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Just to throw another option out there.

If you run dual monitors and have a fairly powerful machine you can run Camtasia recorder and Dragon at the same time and save some production time and gets to happy hour sooner.

I have been doing more captioning on videos and wanted to save the step of having to transcribe the audio to text after the fact.

Windows 10 pro
Camtasia 2019.0.4
Dragon 13

I use the dictation pad in Dragon ( which by the way even has settings for Camtasia  2019 )
and run Camtasia recorder at the same time.

I then do a transfer of the Dragon dictation pad which puts it in my clipboard and I just paste it into notepad or into Camtasia and work on synchronizing my captions.




Just thought I would mention it as it has saved me time of getting to the end of production.


Dubie:)
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> I use the dictation pad in Dragon ( which by the way even has settings for Camtasia  2019 )

Not specifically. The options dialog above will show "Settings for Whatever-Application-Window-Has-The-Focus-When-You-Launch-Dictation-Box".  They're generic settings for the application that you'll be doing the transfer action into although, of course, you won't actually be transferring into Camtasia Recorder since it has nowhere to receive the text. As you say, you can just copy it and paste it into Studio.

I would, however, strongly recommend reviewing and correcting within Dictation Box itself if using this method. The more you correct, the more accurate Dragon is... MOST of the time.
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csakai

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Thanks, I welcome any/all tips for Dragon!
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Dubie

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Well Mel,

Maybe I should have worded that sentence different.

I didn't mean to imply that Dragon comes with settings for Camtasia.
I,myself, know the options show for whatever application that it has focus on.
I've used Dragon for quite a while.

But its good you bring that up and clarify that for others that come along to this post.

Agree that making corrections in the dictation pad first before transferring is a plus.
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wow, thanks so much for this tip; I'm all for saving time to get to end of production!
-Carrie