The real question is, how many times do you say 'Um'?
Talking is hard, even though some of you have probably been doing it for 50+ years (not me, I'm the youngest man alive).
Let's circle back to this email's subject: "How good are you at recording yourself talking?".
Life is (somewhat) getting back to (or becoming the new) normal, and I'm sure that many of us have had to record ourselves talking for xyz reason— whether a school speech, a work presentation, or me a few years ago when I attempted YouTube for my old blog. You have 5 minutes of solid content and 10 minutes of "um"s and mumbled up sentences.
Re-recording again & again seems like a very time consuming (and unnecessary) endeavour. What if you don't know how to edit a video? Or even have access to any video editing tools? How stressful.
Today's tech-letter presents you with a web-app that lets you edit your videos by transcribing them and letting you edit the text, which will directly edit the video. I know this was confusing, but it will become clear in a second.
By the way—did you miss my last email? I wrote about a Mac-only tool that lets you create apps for your computer!
Bear with me while I explain this because it's absolutely radical (and I never use the word radical).
Say you have a 20 minute video of yourself giving a speech on Shakespeare and his life's work (this was a very specific example, but those who did undergrad with me will remember how our History professor was a huge fan of very long and very boring presentations). In this 20 minute video, you're guaranteed to have at least 5-10 minutes of mumbled sentences, "um"s, and you being nervous.
Remember a few weeks ago I shared Microsoft Group Transcribe? An app that transcribes conversations, i.e. writes down everything that's spoken between two or more people. Type Studio is similar, but for videos. When you upload your 20 minute Shakespeare video to Type Studio, this web-app transcribes the entire video; so you can essentially read everything you said.
Here's a YouTube video I recorded a few years ago (do not look it up). I spoke a bit about Amazon's annual event and a few of the changes they introduced in 2018/2019. After uploading my video, notice how Type Studio transcribed all of it. You can read exactly what I said, exactly where I paused, and more.
Now, here's where it gets exciting. Type Studio doesn't only transcribe the videos (that wouldn't be as impressive), it also associates each word to a specific timestamp. In other words, if I click on any of those words you see in the image above, the video will jump to the exact second I said that specific word.
Here's where it gets even more exciting, and clear up that initial confusion you probably had. Any modification you make to the transcription, will directly affect the video. Take a look at the first line from that transcription in the image above, I said "What's up, YouTube?" (very original, I know). If I delete that line from the transcription, it will remove it from the video itself. Almost like I... never said it in the first place. Spooky.
You know what this means, don't you? If you're the type of person to use "um"s and other stalling-words a lot, Type Studio can now help you get rid of all of that from your video, without you needing to figure out how to edit a video yourself.
Type Studio lets you add static or dynamic subtitles to your videos (the premium version lets you even translate these subtitles to other languages). Also don't I look excited talking about... microwaves?
Now, regardless of the aspect ratio of your video (whether it's been recorded from your phone, laptop, or a professional camera), Type Studio even lets you resize it to fit your desired platform. In other words, you can resize your video to make it fit properly on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, or other popular apps.
Once you're done making your edits, export it and you're good to go!
Type Studio is a web app (you access it using your browser) that lets you transcribe your videos and edit them using the transcription itself; no longer do you need to have actual video editing tools. You can even add static or dynamic subtitles.
Type Studio has a free and a paid plan. The free version lets you have up to 3 different projects, a single video can not be more than 10 minutes, and you're given an "allowance" of 20 minutes per month; i.e. if all the videos you upload on Type Studio exceed a total of 20 minutes, you're going to have to wait till next month to upload another video. Of course, the premium tiers offer a lot more, but I'll let you look through those in your own time.