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Old 09-05-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default Topaz Simplify and buZZ Pro

I finally figured out the software I was trying to remember...BuzzPro and the company has gone out of business so it's no longer available--there are sites one can download the software but there is no way to get a serial number for it...

However I just discovered Topaz Simplify which looks to be similar and is less expensive ($39) than BuzzPro was ($89)

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andrew: The quality of the result depends primarily on knowing what kind of photo to feed into the filter, or how to modify a picture before filtering it.
Very true...sort of "garbage in, garbage out"...'-}}


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Some very nice examples there for Topaz.

   
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:10 PM   #3
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I thought so too...I'm going to email them to see if they might caption the video using the plug-in or maybe they have the text script that was used...

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I hadn't realized there was a video until you posted the link. It looks like a really neat plug-in.

   
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Susie: I hadn't realized there was a video until you posted the link. It looks like a really neat plug-in.
Yeah...it does and not too pricey either at just under $40--the link to the video is about 3/4 of the way down the first link page I posted...glad youi found the video helpful...

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I manged to watch part of the video. It appears to be extremely helpful. Is it possible to use speech recognition software to run captions?
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andrew: I manged to watch part of the video. It appears to be extremely helpful.
Even though I couldn't hear what was being said, it looked like a useful video...


>> Is it possible to use speech recognition software to run captions?

I dunno! Interesting idea! The captioning on my special phone is done via trained speech recognition software where the communication assistant voices what the person I've called is saying and I see the text on my screen--it's about 80% accurate, maybe 90% if I get a CA who has trained their software well (not often). It is my understanding is that for at least the current technology, training is essential to getting intelligible conversions.

I don't know how something like Dragon Naturally Speaking for example, would work with something like video playback sound. Since I don't own any speech recognition software, I can't test it...I wonder how much Dragon Naturally Speaking costs...hmmmm...


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I had forgotten about training. <sigh>

Well, if you can't get them to caption it, maybe they can send you a transcript.
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Yes...I hope so...

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Terrie. I just read that Vista has speech recognition. Maybe someone with Vista could try to run the tutorial and see if anything worthwhile results. I don't have Vista.
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