Bombcast Transcriptions?

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#1 Posted by deactivated-5925b625d5da1 (9 posts) -

I was talking with a friend and we were thinking about transcribing old Bombcasts. Has anyone tried this before? Does anyone have any of the old shows transcribed?

Thanks for the help!

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#2 Posted by SSully (5636 posts) -

Considering the other insane things people do in this community, I wouldn't be surprised. With that said, I don't recall any posts specifically mentioning doing so.

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#3 Edited by dudeglove (13782 posts) -

I was talking with a friend and we were thinking about transcribing old Bombcasts. Has anyone tried this before? Does anyone have any of the old shows transcribed?

Thanks for the help!

There are several hundred bombcasts. Unless you have some sort of speech-to-text software, it's going to take a very long time.

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#4 Posted by SkullPanda1 (1631 posts) -

More power to you, but that's one hell of a time commitment.

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#5 Edited by joshwent (2897 posts) -

As someone who's done actual transcription work in the past, I should warn you that, even with professional software and pedal controls, transcribing even one 3 hour Bombcast would take a really damn long time.

It would be great to have transcriptions. Especially as an easy way to search for specific titles to see in which episodes they're discussed. But again, it doesn't seem like it, but transcription is very, very time consuming. There's a reason that people train to do it professionally.

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#6 Posted by Mike (17997 posts) -

I can't imagine how difficult and time consuming transcribing the Bombcast would be, especially since there is often more than one person speaking at the same time.

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#7 Edited by ViciousReiven (983 posts) -

Instead of full transcriptions it might be a better idea to do make a wiki that gives an outline and timecodes to the discussions on that episode along with some choice quotes, it's still a lot of work but it wouldn't be as time consuming as typing out and spellchecking every single word.

Another podcast I listen to, Uhh Yeah Dude has this crazy fan called Weck who created exactly that for them, every episode page details each discussion and categorizes common themes and segments, take a look at one of the pages here to see what I mean:

http://archive.uhhyeahdu.de/episodes/episode-197

Having something like that for Giant Bomb would be dope as hell.

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#8 Posted by joshwent (2897 posts) -

@viciousreiven: There was some duder who was doing just that, but my shitty memory is failing me as to the specifics. It was like a blog post breaking down what was talked about with links.

I think it may have been like 1.5 - 2 years ago? Anyone with a better brain than mine remember?

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#9 Posted by deactivated-5925b625d5da1 (9 posts) -

@dudeglove yeah I just took a look at my podcast app and we are looking at about 480 episodes.

@joshwent Yeah we were thinking about using a combination of Amazon Mechanical Turk, speech to text software, and myself on pedal typing. I've done professional transcriptions before and I know we would be looking at thousands of dollars of investment. Maybe we would just do a few of the newer episodes as a test.

@mb Yeah especially during the E3 shows. Those would be impossible.

@viciousreiven This is amazing. Even doing a small amount of what they are doing would be awesome.

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#11 Posted by dudeglove (13782 posts) -

@wadeininfinity: Your idea is kinda bonkers, but at the same time really kinda neat. The idea of having a searchable bombcast would be extremely appealing to both the community and the staff, especially if you can get the approximate time codes lined up. Game of the Year and E3/GDC podcasts with people shouting over one another is where it will get dicey, though.

From there it's just a few more steps to making a Gerstmann phrase maker, because by then we'll likely have every phoneme Jeff has ever said at our disposal.

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#12 Posted by dudeglove (13782 posts) -

Though what would also really be cool (sorry to double post), is much like what @szlifier has done with the video content, in that via qlcrew.com it's possible to search and sort through various videos through a whole bunch of parameters (I'm pretty sure he basically went and manually tagged everyone, because I don't think that data's in the video API). Even forgetting about transcription, being able to do the same with all the bombcasts would be super useful (e.g. tracking down early Drew appearances, or listening to every Jeff-less bombcast, or the few times Vinny has hosted it). Then again, the fact that I'm already thinking of this means someone probably already has done it.

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#13 Posted by givemesnacks (19 posts) -

Google is now automatically transcribing podcasts and indexing those words for search. I believe this is only on the Google Podcasts app, which is only for Android. I don't have any Android devices.

Anyone with an Android care to see if the Bombcast is getting transcribed?