Simon Says Brings AI Transcription Tools to Resolve

AI-based transcription, captioning and translation platform Simon Says has been integrated with Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve for macOS.

“Simon Says became the first company to support AI transcription in Resolve,” states Shamir Allibhai, founder and CEO of Simon Says. “Blackmagic Design has a growing, passionate user base, in part because of its unique strategy to sell great cameras with tightly coupled software add-ons and also because it offers a high-end video editing application for free. These users have been asking us to integrate our software with DaVinci Resolve, and we’re happy to deliver it.”

What was once a “painstaking and lengthy” manual process is now completely automated through the use of Simon Says AI-powered transcription platform, accessible directly within DaVinci Resolve. Now, video editors will be able to transcribe rushes, dailies, and raw footage from Resolve, then receive and attach markers to clips, greatly accelerating the editing process by enabling editors to quickly make sense of their recordings and identify compelling soundbites. At the end of an edit, users can instantly subtitle and caption their content - a critical legal requirement for distribution in the US for most TV broadcast channels, as well as OTT streaming channels such as Netflix.

Blackmagic explains that with Simon Says, editors can transcribe their raw footage in minutes. Simply select the clips to import and transcribe. Add speaker labels, bookmark and make any edits in the nifty video-transcript editor. Collaborate with your team to identify the key soundbites and then export back into Resolve, receiving ranged transcript markers, color coded to delineate speakers, that attach back to the original clips. Editing just got a whole lot more efficient - versus scrubbing through audio and switching back to the edit list in another program.

In addition to transcribing video, Simon Says can caption video edits and translate subtitles into 100 languages. Use the visual subtitle editor to preview formatting and export subtitles that import back into Resolve. This will make the delivery compliant and increase accessibility to those who are hard of hearing, as well as delivery to international audiences.

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