Go to Labs
Now that we have announced and we are showing CS4, you may want to get started. If so, go to the Adobe Labs website: http://labs.adobe.com. There you’ll find three of the CS4 applications in beta for you to try. Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Soundbooth are there, and if you own Creative Suite 3 you can plop your CS3 serial number into the applications and run them until we release CS4 (sometime later in the quarter). One particular thing I recommend that you try is the Transcription feature in Soundbooth. It will turn your speech into text, and it’s incredibly easy to use. After you download the app and install it, follow these steps. . .
Grab a newspaper or any reading material that you can read comfortably, and
- Read it once or twice (just to limber up your throat.
- Launch Soundbooth CS4 and create a new recording (File: Record. . . or Ctrl or Cmd R). It works best if you have a headset microphone, but the internal Mic will work
- Start the recording and read the material you gathered
- In the metadata panel (Window: Metadata) click Transcribe. It’s that easy.
Now, if you want to get creative with it, try adjusting the recording volume or cleaning it up with the Clean Up Audio effects in the Tasks panel (Window: Tasks). Better yet, apply some effects to it and what happens.
As a further demonstration of what this can do, record a movie of yourself speaking the same text. Soundbooth can open that movie file and transcribe the audio of a movie track too. Works like a champ. Try it and comment back to the blog and let me know what you thought.