Content Creation – The Video and Voice Recognition Experiment

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As I have mentioned before, using voice recognition software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking will multiply your content output and protect your poor hands from RSI at the same time.
So I decided to exmperiment some more.

The experiment

When I recorded the first tutorial video for the blind ape I did a little experiment with the Dragon at the same time.
While I was recording the video on my iPad, I wore my wireless Logitech headset and had the dictation software running on the laptop.
The idea behind experiment was to use the output to help me write the text part of the post.

That experiment was a failure.

Why did it fail?

Untrained software

While Dragon is amazingly good at speech recognition even after the initial 15 minutes of training, to get the best results you want to spend some time with.
This training process gets a little bit annoying while you’re doing it, but its really no big deal.
I have seen that truly stellar results after a few hours of intensive use.

Pro tip

you can take your user profile in Dragon naturally speaking and you don’t have to go through the whole training process every time you reinstall the software for example on a new machine.
I was dumb enough to forget my profile on my old hard disk. That is why I ended up with an untrained software.
Make use of the software’s training features to get to that sweet point sooner.

Text structure

Working with Dragon, I found out that it works best if you speak “naturally” meaning in whole sentences as if you would talk to somebody sitting next to you.
Now this takes some getting used to, but you get the hang of it after a while.

However, dictating a text is different from recording a video explanation. Text for an article or blog post needs much more structure.
So what I ended up with was a huge wall of text that – while pretty well recognized – was useless as text for a blog article.

Pro tip

experiment with dictating text, so it becomes easier to talk in “ready to print” format.
Have a few bullet points ready before you start dictating the text. I normally do this in the text editor that comes with the software called DragonPad.

End result and Outlook

Although this experiment failed, I’m looking forward to the point where I trained my Dragon perfectly again.
Having suffered from RSI in the past, this is a godsend. Being able to just bang out an article by talking what’s on your mind is a fascinating experience.

Bonus technique

This is actually my favorite technique using dictation software – just create massive amounts of text and edit it afterwards to add polish and improve it.

And yes, this article was dictated to Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Having to correct the software quite often, as it is still not completely housebroken, it took me about 15 minutes for 470 words.
The 502 word it ended up with, where after editing.