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Too much information, too soon…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on September 15, 2005

…as Chris Pratley’s latest OneNote 12 entry means that I want it now!

Audio/Video: Audio and Video you have recorded or placed in OneNote will also get indexed (Video is indexed by the audio stream). This is some cool MSR technology from our lab in Beijing that we’re quite pleased to have. The way this works is pretty cool. The audio is converted from waveforms to phonetic equivalents, and those are indexed. You can type your search term, then this is converted by OneNote into a phonetic equivalent which searches against the phonetic index of the audio. Actually this is a gross oversimplification but you get the idea. You can use this to search your notes for a particular voice note you took, or to find the point in an hour-long interview when a particular word is mentioned (way better than fast forwarding and rewinding to find a spot)

OneNote is possibly the most useful piece of software I use – it’s the ideal tool for a working journalist, and this one feature will make it invaluable.

Hmmm. OneNote 12 as podcasting client, anyone?

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  1. megadog said,

    And I’m sure our friends in the security-services will love the idea of being able to pattern match phonemes on voice intercepts at a much reduced price. Forget all that Echelon and Tinkerbell hassle – just pop down to Dixons and buy a PC or two.


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