TRANSCRIPTION FAIL: Speechpad vs. Dragon vs. Google Voice

I finally got around to trying the Speechpad transcription service for a video for which I wanted to upload the transcript for search optimization purposes. Speechpad charges only $2.00 a minute, so if it worked, it would be a low-cost, low-labor way to additionally optimize YouTube videos.

Besides, Speechpad went to great lengths to assuage my skepticism on their About Us page:

Speechpad provides state-of-the-art text transcription services. Our unique combination of human and machine-based technologies allows us to deliver the perfect solution to meet your needs. Our system supports audio inputs from a variety of sources to fit your existing workflow. We provide the highest degree of flexibility for audio turnaround time, accuracy requirements, and transcription delivery mechanisms.

Speechpad serves a number of industries, providing solutions for business voice, financial services, and insurance customers, among others.

Did you notice that? Speechpad uses a combination of human and machine-based technologies. If humans are involved, it can’t be that bad, right?

Wrong. After uploading the three-minute video below, I submitted it to be transcribed at 11 AM and received the completed transcript at 12:28 PM the same day for a fee of $7.00. Pre-tty damn impressive, right?

Wrong. Here’s the video…followed by the transcript for which they charged me seven bucks:

Here’s the transcript. I just copied and pasted what Speeechpad delivered to me:

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I guess what they meant by “human and machine-based technologies” was technology-transcriptions unseen by human eyes.

I know. I know. It’s only seven dollars. But I could’ve got that transcript for free from other services. So, by way of comparison, here is the same video transcribed by my Dragon Dictation app and by Google Voice.

Dragon Dictation Transcript

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Google Voice Transcript

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