Transcripts and captions and for lecture/meeting recordings can be generated using Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology which is included with Microsoft Stream, Zoom and Echo 360. Since these transcripts are automatically generated they will need to be thoroughly checked and edited before publication. This guide covers how to generate transcripts and transfer those transcripts to Echo 360 for subsequent publication within a Moodle course.
Using Echo 360 automatic speech recognition to generate a transcript
Automatic speech recognition has been enabled on Echo 360 on 9th December 2020. All new captures on or after 9th December will be automatically transcribed when they are published to a course, and for existing captures will not be transcribed unless they are published or re-published. This guide explains how to unpublish your recording from a course, but you will then need to re-publish the recording so that it generates the transcription.
How long does it take for a transcription to appear?
It takes at least 30 minutes for a video to receive automatic transcriptions, longer for videos that are more than an hour in length and/or if the transcription service is processing a large number of requests at the time. Further details re. transcription can be found here.
Automatic speech recognition transcription service is likely not going to meet the accuracy levels required of closed captions for hearing impaired individuals, unlike the human authored captions (aka subtitles) created for some courses will differ from and be more accurate than the automated transcript of the same recording!
Finally, click “Apply to CC”. To see the applied transcript in action, play the video in the playback panel, with the CC button turned on.
Do not apply an automatically generated transcript to closed captions (CC) where human authored captions already exist.
Using Zoom to generate transcripts/captions for recorded Zoom meetings
All Zoom meeting recordings can be transcribed automatically, but the meeting does need to be recorded and the audio transcript setting needs to be enabled on your Zoom profile before you schedule/start a meeting. See the using audio transcription guide to learn how to enable this on your Zoom profile.
Transferring your Zoom generated transcript to Echo 360
If your Zoom recording will be automatically or manually uploaded to Echo 360 (for publication to a Moodle course), the transcript created by Zoom can be uploaded to Echo 360 to be applied to your recording. The transcript can be checked and edited within Zoom before uploading to Echo 360.
To download automatically generated captions from Zoom, go to the Recordings section of your Zoom profile page, select the recording, hover your mouse over the transcript and click the audio transcript download button (downward arrow icon).