“Before Rev, the in-house team would watch the footage and type it all out in Microsoft Word. It took them about five hours to complete just one hour of raw footage, it was just a really slow process.”
Left/Right is an Emmy-nominated production company that creates fiction and non-fiction entertainment content for networks like Showtime and Bravo including reality television, documentary programming, and scripted sitcoms.
Given the volume of reality TV and documentary content Left/Right produces, their in-house team has a huge amount of footage that requires transcription. Andi Berman, Left/Right’s Transcription Coordinator, manages the organization and transcription of all footage. She’s responsible for making sure all content is transcribed and searchable. Her work makes it possible for the editorial and production teams to produce a high volume of shows in a short amount of time.
Prior to using Rev, Left/Right used an in-house team to manually transcribe its footage. “Before Rev, the in-house team would watch the footage and type it all out in Microsoft Word,” Andi recalls. “It took them about five hours to complete just one hour of raw footage, it was just a really slow process.” Not only was Andi’s team spending a ton of time manually transcribing footage, but they also had to work around the clock to keep up with all the footage coming in. “We’d have three people transcribing during the day and two people at night.” Andi understood that this inefficient process was slowing Left/Right’s production capacity, so she began looking for a solution.
Left/Right decided to work with a transcription partner so its in-house team could focus on the more creative parts of the production process. Before settling on Rev, Andi tested Trint, an automated speech-to-text transcription service. “We used Trint for a short time,” says Andi. “But the quality of the transcripts wasn’t very good. Our in-house team constantly had to clean them up, which took up quite a bit of time.” Ultimately, the low accuracy of Trint’s automated transcripts slowed down Left/Right’s workflow even more than before. Andi needed a transcription solution that delivered highly accurate transcripts, quickly, and at a competitive price. Rev checked all these boxes.