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Creating metadata with Speech Search

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Video: Creating metadata with Speech Search

One of Premiere Pro CS4's most impressive new features is its ability to look inside an audio file and recognize the text and the dialog and convert that into metadata that can then be searched in the Project panel so you can locate clips more easily. Now it sounds impossible and I am gotta to be honest with you, it is one of the more frustrating features. It does work better than you would think, but it is very buggy in that a lot of times you can't get it to work. When you select the file, in the Metadata panel, if it says Transcribe, then you're in good shape.

Creating metadata with Speech Search

One of Premiere Pro CS4's most impressive new features is its ability to look inside an audio file and recognize the text and the dialog and convert that into metadata that can then be searched in the Project panel so you can locate clips more easily. Now it sounds impossible and I am gotta to be honest with you, it is one of the more frustrating features. It does work better than you would think, but it is very buggy in that a lot of times you can't get it to work. When you select the file, in the Metadata panel, if it says Transcribe, then you're in good shape.

It will work for you. But there are a lot of file formats, such as a very popular AIF file format, you cannot do this on. You can see that Transcribe is blocked out. A lot of video file formats that I've worked with, you can't transcribe the audio in a video format. Also, a lot of times, even file formats in the exact files that you can transcribe, oftentimes, this will be grayed out, for whatever reason. I've actually got to record this tutorial 4-5 times, because sometimes it'll work and sometimes it won't and I'll practice it before I record it and I will work and then when I go to record the movie, this Transcribe button will be grayed out for whatever reason, the exact same files, the exact same projects.

So I have got my fingers crossed right now. I'm really grateful that, for whatever reason, it's choosing to work, right at this second. But you can transcribe the text by selecting the clip and pressing the Transcribe button, or you could go to the Clip menu by selecting the clip in the Project panel>Audio Options>Transcribe to Text. So I am going to go ahead and choose this option, and under the Speech Transcription Options, I'll go ahead and say OK. Now what's interesting is that this actually adds this to the Adobe Media Encoder.

So what we got to do is just go ahead and click the Start Queue button and it will take, with this clip, about 7 seconds. So it does take a little bit. I mean, it actually takes more time to load the waveform into the Queue than it actually does to render it, but you give it a few seconds here and there we go. We go back here and then you could see here. There we go. It's transcribed. Now the clip actually says in your dream job movie that I mentioned in chapter 1 that we're going to use the assets of throughout this training series.

I actually had an opportunity to do some voiceover work and this is me saying this: "Your service sucks. "I'm paying you to do a job, so do it!" So I'm an angry customer that's complaining, or whatever. So it says, "Your service sucks. I'm paying you to do a job, so do it" and it translated it as Sox, as in, like, capital S-o-x as in the White Sox, the Red Sox. I am not really sure why that is. But what I can do is click in that word and just type in 'sucks' and so we can go in and we can double-click in these words and change what they have to say and what's really cool about this feature too is that when I click on a word, it gives me the exact time code, even to the sample rate level, the exact spot where that word is said and also the duration, how long that word lasts.

So not only is it good for metadata and searching for a particular word or phrase or whatever, but it's also really good to be able to see exactly where a word is said. So if you need to perform a precise edit, it already tells you exactly where to go to do that. I find that, from my experience, with very clear dialog, it gets about 60% of the job right and that's not the problem. The problem is that the feature, in and of itself, doesn't often work. So I give this feature probably 2 stars out of 10, because it doesn't often work and if it did work, I'd probably give it about 6-7 stars out of 10.

It's a really phenomenal idea though and hopefully we'll see this improve in future versions of Premiere.

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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