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Audio Hijack for Mac now includes speech to text transcription powered by OpenAI’s Whisper

Audio Hijack 4 for Mac just keeps getting better. Today’s version 4.3 release drops in a whole new Transcribe block to turn speech into text. It’s powered by OpenAI’s Whisper tech and is fully included in Audio Hijack – no recurring fees or limitations.

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Rogue Amoeba announced the new feature, which they currently label as beta, in a blog post:

Transcribe can convert speech from an astonishing 57 languages into text, providing you with a written transcript of any spoken audio. It’s powered by OpenAI’s automatic speech recognition system Whisper, and features two powerful models for fast and accurate transcriptions.

As you would expect from Rogue Amoeba, transcription is processed entirely on your Mac, so it’s privacy-friendly. You can transcribe audio from a mic input, VoIP apps like Zoom, or files through media playback apps.

In its blog post, the company explains how this makes it possible to easily create timestamped transcriptions of podcasts. For best results, of course, Apple silicon is recommended but not required.

Check out Audio Hijack on the Rogue Amoeba website.


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