If you’ve ever had to transcribe a conversation, surely Otter.ai proposal is particularly interesting to you. And it is that if doing it with a recording, in which you can move back and forth at will, is already quite tedious, trying to do it in real time is, outright, a super power. Thus, the common thing is to take notes and, once the conversation is finished, if you have been able to record it, proceed to transcribe it in its entirety or, at least, the parts of it that you are interested in keeping for whatever reason.
Solutions and services dedicated to transcribing recordings have existed for years. Some of them are based on human transcriptionists, while others use speech recognition technologies that, in many cases, require prior training, and that usually work properly only with the voices with which they have been subjected to this process. Even digital assistantsWhen we use them for the first time, they learn to understand our voice.
Otter.ai, however, uses artificial intelligence (in the same way as digital assistants), but in this case trained to be able to interpret the human voice in its infinite variants, to be able to identify different interlocutors in a conversation, and to be able to understand and transcribe their words. This service was already available for Zoom and how can we read on The Verge, can now also be used with Google Meet.
The most interesting thing about this extension is that, in addition to making Otter.ai available for more platforms, in this case it can be used with free Google Meet accounts. And is that to use it in Zoom it is essential to have a payment account in both services. In the case of Google Meet, Otter.ai offers with your free account up to 600 minutes of transcription per month, with a maximum duration of the recordings of 40 minutes. In the case of paid plans (Pro and Business), the limit is raised to 6,000 minutes per month in recordings of up to four hours.
To use Otter.ai with Google Meet you need install the Otter extension in the browser. Once installed, when starting a conversation in the Google service, you will have to tell the extension to start the recording and, in this way, the transcription will be activated in real time, allowing the user to review it for, for example , remember something that has been previously commented but that you do not remember at the time.
Additionally, Otter.ai also records and allows you to play the conversations later, identify the different participants in the conversation, export both the recordings and their transcription to text, search the text of the transcribed recordings, and so on. Obviously, as in any other service, the paid accounts have more functions than the free ones, but, nevertheless, those included in the free one already make this a particularly interesting service. However, yes, keep in mind that Otter is designed for conversations in English and, as of today, we do not know if there are plans to extend its compatibility to other languages.