Pro Tip: Easy editing in Pop Up Archive’s built-in Transcript Editor

Based on your feedback about our in-transcript editing, we’ve given our editing interface a little makeover. Learn how to edit your automatic transcripts to perfection in our intuitive new editing interface. Speed up your way to a perfect transcript by pausing, rewinding, and jumping around lines in Pop Up Archive’s new edit mode.  

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Step 1: Click “Edit Transcript” to enter the editing workspace.

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Step 2: Click around your transcript to edit any line.

Now try clicking a line of your transcript: It looks just like a text editor. No need to be on the line that’s playing, simply click around your transcript to edit from any point in the text. 
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Step 3: Press play, click a line, and edit as you listen.

Use these simple key commands to pause, rewind, and navigate within your transcript.

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Step 4: We’ll save your changes along the way.

We auto-save all of your changes as you edit, and once you’re finished editing you can go back to the normal play mode by hitting “Save Transcript.” 

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By starting with automatic transcripts and using Pop Up Archive editing tools, you’ll be looking at a complete transcript in record time. And when you’re done, you can search the exact words and phrases from your audio to the second.

Five innovative audio projects: New uses for recorded sound

Today’s wealth of public domain audio and open source tools has inspired many amazing projects in the media space. Here are just a few projects that show some interesting new ways to analyze or reuse audio.

1. Blank on Blank

This animation series by David Gerlach sets out to introduce new audiences to forgotten sounds. By pairing archival interviews with striking minimalist animations, the lost words of figures from Gene Wilder to Fidel Castro become newly relevant. 

2. The Speech Accent Archive

In this project from George Mason University, speakers from around the world are given the same paragraph to read. Each reading is then phonetically transcribed, catalogued, and uploaded to the site.  

3. The Sounds of Google Streetview

Amplifon, a hearing aid company, recently released a project to bring a new level of immersion onto the digital map. An open source project built on the Web Audio API, Sounds of Google Streetview lets you add and explore stereophonic ambient sound from Streetview scenes.

4. HiPSTAS

This NEH-backed project comes out of UT Austin’s School of Information. Originally developed to analyze bird calls, the ambitious project aims to identify and analyze patterns in speech such as pitch, rhythm, and timbre.

5. WikiVIP

Wikipedia’s “Voice Intro Project” is an experimental effort to add voice introductions by public figures onto their own Wikipedia pages. All recordings are released into the public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Know any projects we forgot? Let us know at founders@popuparchive.com!

Speech Recognition for Media: Rethinking AccuracyAdapted from our post Speech Recognition for Media (PBS Idea Lab)
"How accurate are your automatic transcripts?" It’s one of the most frequently asked questions at Pop Up Archive — and one of the hardest to answer. It’s a fair question, yet it often anticipates an unfair answer: 100% accurate. Media producers want the ease and speed of automatic transcripts and captions, but are often loathe to publish anything short of this mystical percentage. 
The barrier to perfect accuracy: If this is what the people want, why don’t we give it to them? The fact is, machine transcription for media voices is a tricky business: you have to factor in background noise, overlapping speech, and poor audio quality. There’s no way to guarantee accuracy for automatic transcription for audio of ranging quality and content. 
We’d like to pose our own question: do you really need 100% accuracy? To value automatic transcripts only at 100% accuracy is to misunderstand the way the Internet reads text. After all, search engines don’t need perfect transcripts. Neither do producers looking for particular moments in hours of interviews. Harnessed the right way, speech-to-text software means effortless drag-and-drop access to crucial keywords and moments hidden deep within hours of content. 
Toward more searchable transcripts: That said, more accurate text still means more accurate search. Pop Up Archive is accomplishing this through speech-to-text that we target at specific genres of media — for example, news broadcasts, first-person interviews, and archival audio from different decades.
Intrigued? Get a free sample transcript for a short audio file from our new and improved speech-to-text software.
***Email us at founders@popuparchive.com to test the new software with your own audio.***

Speech Recognition for Media: Rethinking Accuracy
Adapted from our post Speech Recognition for Media (PBS Idea Lab)

"How accurate are your automatic transcripts?" It’s one of the most frequently asked questions at Pop Up Archive — and one of the hardest to answer. It’s a fair question, yet it often anticipates an unfair answer: 100% accurate. Media producers want the ease and speed of automatic transcripts and captions, but are often loathe to publish anything short of this mystical percentage. 

The barrier to perfect accuracy: If this is what the people want, why don’t we give it to them? The fact is, machine transcription for media voices is a tricky business: you have to factor in background noise, overlapping speech, and poor audio quality. There’s no way to guarantee accuracy for automatic transcription for audio of ranging quality and content. 

We’d like to pose our own question: do you really need 100% accuracy? To value automatic transcripts only at 100% accuracy is to misunderstand the way the Internet reads text. After all, search engines don’t need perfect transcripts. Neither do producers looking for particular moments in hours of interviews. Harnessed the right way, speech-to-text software means effortless drag-and-drop access to crucial keywords and moments hidden deep within hours of content. 

Toward more searchable transcripts: That said, more accurate text still means more accurate search. Pop Up Archive is accomplishing this through speech-to-text that we target at specific genres of media — for example, news broadcasts, first-person interviews, and archival audio from different decades.

Intrigued? Get a free sample transcript for a short audio file from our new and improved speech-to-text software.

***Email us at founders@popuparchive.com to test the new software with your own audio.***

American Women Making History and Culture (1963-1982)

One of our all time favorite collections comes from the Pacifica Radio Archives: American Women Making History and Culture 1963-1982. As described by Pacifica:

[The recordings follow] the emergence and evolution of the Women’s movement in cities across the United States… as well as the unique role Pacifica Radio played by providing a place for women to create and air programming that communicated the movement.

The complete collection — nearly 1,700 reel-to-reel tapes — is becoming incrementally available as it’s digitized, with funding from NHPRC and completion slated for September 2015.  

Among the incredible voices are Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir, Yoko Ono, and Anais Nin. Interviews and readings from these eminent women and more are available to stream from Pop Up Archive directly, as well as at the Internet Archive. Take a listen to the digitized audio already available on in Pop Up’s Pacifica Archives collection.

Creating accountability and access for news audio

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Politicians, by trade, speak often and at length. But the news cycle moves fast, and many words are quickly forgotten, or impossible to recover from hours of broadly labeled footage. That’s where we come in: rather than sift through hours of CSPAN video to research what’s been said about a policy, a search in Pop Up Archive takes you to the exact timestamped point of the relevant discussion.  

We’re processing audio for a number of news syndicates. Here are some news collections where you can search political keywords from the public archive:

  • The California Report (KQED): a daily news show for Northern California public media that follows the big issues and policy debates happening all around California.
  • Which Way, L.A.? (KCRW): Southern California’s ”signature local public affairs program” covers not just local news, but also the most pressing national and international affairs.
  • News from Illinois Public Media: featuring top reporting out of NPR, Illinois Public Media, the Associated Press, and more.
  • Crosscurrents (KALW): In-depth local news served up daily through San Francisco Public Radio. 

While we’ve got you covered for radio news, what if you’re looking to search TV news? Thanks to a project from our friends at the Internet Archive, television news footage is more accessible than ever through the TV News Archive. They take media which has already been captioned and make that text searchable to the second.

The age of passive political listening is past. With these tools, you can zone in on your favorite issue with unprecedented acuity. 

Some of the faces of modern podcasting.

Top left: Roman Mars (99% Invisible), top right: State of the Re:Union team (SOTRU), middle left: Glynn Washington (Snap Judgment), middle right: The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, Fugitive Waves), bottom left: Ashley Milne-Tyte (The Broad Experience), bottom right: Jesse Thorn (Bullseye)

As much as we love archival audio, it’s not just sound from forgotten reels and cassettes that get uploaded to the site. New, “born digital” radio programs and podcasts get indexed in Pop Up Archive every day. Thanks to our partnership with PRX, you can search the entirety of all seven shows from the Radiotopia collective, such as 99% Invisible, Radio Diaries, and Theory of Everything — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re making modern radio stories just as easy to search as the audio we process from archives and historical societies.

If you haven’t already, dive into our Explore page to get a taste for yourself, where you can sort audio by Interviewee, Interviewer, and Collection, and more. 

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A Pop Up Archive Guide for KCRW’s #Radio Race contestants!

This post is a special guide for contestants of KCRW’s Radio Race. For more support, consult our full FAQ, or shoot us a question at edison@popuparchive.com image

What is this “Radio Race,” and what does Pop Up Archive have to do with it?

This Saturday, KCRW’s Independent Producer Project is hosting its 2nd Annual Radio Race

KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race is a whirlwind day of high-stakes radio making for producers of any experience level. Radio makers from all over the world will have 24 HOURS to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story. On Saturday, August 2nd, at 10AM PT, contestants will be emailed a THEME. They will then have 24 hours to create a story that somehow relates to this theme. By Sunday August 3rd at 10AM PT, their finished piece must be posted on Soundcloud for judging.

With only 24 hours to complete a finished piece, the last thing anyone wants to do is transcribe from scratch. That’s why we’re offering exclusive access to our auto-transcription toolkit. Use Pop Up Archive to help craft your Radio Race stories, and receive one full month of uploads for free! Email us at edison@popuparchive.com with the subject line “Pop Up Radio Race” to redeem your free month of access.

Just be sure to grab your $10 ticket before the clock starts on Saturday. Read more about this collaboration on the Independent Producer Project blog.

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