Transcribing Multi-Channel Audio - Amazon Transcribe

Transcribing Multi-Channel Audio

If you have an audio file or stream that has multiple channels, you can use channel identification to transcribe the speech from each of those channels. Amazon Transcribe identifies the speech from each channel and transcribes that speech in separate transcriptions. It combines those transcriptions into a single transcription output.

You can enable channel identification for both batch processing and real-time streaming. The following list describes how to enable it for each method.

Transcribing Multi-Channel Audio Files

To transcribe multi-channel audio in a batch transcription job, use the Amazon Transcribe console or the StartTranscriptionJob operation.

To use the console to enable channel identification in your batch transcription job, you enable audio identification and then channel identification. Channel identification is a subset of audio identification in the console.

To transcribe a multi-channel audio file (console)

  1. Sign in to AWS Management Console and open the Amazon Transcribe console at Amazon Transcribe console.

  2. In the navigation pane, under Amazon Transcribe, choose Transcription jobs.

  3. Choose Create job.

  4. On the Specify job details page, provide information about your transcription job.

  5. Choose Next.

  6. Enable Audio identification.

  7. For Audio identification type, choose Channel identification.

  8. Choose Create.

To transcribe a multi-channel audio file (API)

  • In the StartTranscriptionJob operation, specify the following.

    1. For TranscriptionJobName, specify a name unique to your AWS account.

    2. For LanguageCode, specify the language code that corresponds to the language spoken in your media file. For available languages and corresponding language codes, see What Is Amazon Transcribe?.

    3. In the MediaFileUri parameter of the Media object, specify the name of the media file that you want to transcribe.

    4. For the Settings object, set ChannelIdentification to true.

The following is an example request using the AWS SDK for Python (Boto3).

from __future__ import print_function import time import boto3 transcribe = boto3.client('transcribe') job_name = "your-transcription-job-name" job_uri = "the-Amazon-S3-object-URL-of-your-media-file" transcribe.start_transcription_job( TranscriptionJobName=job_name, Media= {'MediaFileUri': job_uri}, MediaFormat= 'mp4', LanguageCode= 'en-US', Settings = { 'ChannelIdentification': True, } ) while True: status = transcribe.get_transcription_job(TranscriptionJobName=job_name) if status['TranscriptionJob']['TranscriptionJobStatus'] in ['COMPLETED', 'FAILED']: break print("Not ready yet...") time.sleep(5) print(status)

To transcribe a multi-channel audio file using a batch transcription job (AWS CLI)

  • Run the following code.

    aws transcribe start-transcription-job \ --cli-input-json file://example-start-command.json

    The following is the code of example-start-command.json.

    { "TranscriptionJobName": "your-transcription-job-name", "LanguageCode": "en-US", "Media": { "MediaFileUri": "s3://DOC-EXAMPLE-BUCKET/your-audio-file.mp4" }, "Settings":{ "ChannelIdentification":true }
    { "TranscriptionJobName": "your-transcription-job-name", "LanguageCode": "en-US", "Media": { "MediaFileUri": "s3://DOC-EXAMPLE-BUCKET/your-audio-file" }, "Settings":{ "ChannelIdentification":true }

    The following is the response.

    { "TranscriptionJob": { "TranscriptionJobName": "your-transcription-job", "TranscriptionJobStatus": "IN_PROGRESS", "LanguageCode": "en-US", "Media": { "MediaFileUri": "s3://DOC-EXAMPLE-BUCKET/your-audio-file" }, "StartTime": "2020-09-12T23:20:28.239000+00:00", "CreationTime": "2020-09-12T23:20:28.203000+00:00", "Settings": { "ChannelIdentification": true } } }

The following code shows the transcription output for an audio file that has a conversation on two channels.

{ "jobName": "job id", "accountId": "account id", "results": { "transcripts": [ { "transcript": "When you try ... It seems to ..." } ], "channel_labels": { "channels": [ { "channel_label": "ch_0", "items": [ { "start_time": "12.282", "end_time": "12.592", "alternatives": [ { "confidence": "1.0000", "content": "When" } ], "type": "pronunciation" }, { "start_time": "12.592", "end_time": "12.692", "alternatives": [ { "confidence": "0.8787", "content": "you" } ], "type": "pronunciation" }, { "start_time": "12.702", "end_time": "13.252", "alternatives": [ { "confidence": "0.8318", "content": "try" } ], "type": "pronunciation" }, ... ] }, { "channel_label": "ch_1", "items": [ { "start_time": "12.379", "end_time": "12.589", "alternatives": [ { "confidence": "0.5645", "content": "It" } ], "type": "pronunciation" }, { "start_time": "12.599", "end_time": "12.659", "alternatives": [ { "confidence": "0.2907", "content": "seems" } ], "type": "pronunciation" }, { "start_time": "12.669", "end_time": "13.029", "alternatives": [ { "confidence": "0.2497", "content": "to" } ], "type": "pronunciation" }, ... ] } }

Amazon Transcribe transcribes the audio from each channel separately and combines the transcribed text from each channel into a single transcription output.

For each channel in the transcription output, Amazon Transcribe returns a list of items. An item is a transcribed word, pause, or punctuation mark. Each item has a start time and an end time. If a person on one channel speaks over a person on a separate channel, the start times and end times of the items for each channel overlap while the individuals are speaking over each other.

By default, you can transcribe audio files with two channels. You can request a quota increase if you need to transcribe files that have more than two channels. For information about requesting a quota increase, see AWS service quotas.

Transcribing Multi-Channel Audio Streams

You can transcribe audio from separate channels in either HTTP/2 or WebSocket streams using the StartStreamTranscription operation

By default, you can transcribe streams with two channels. You can request a quota increase if you need to transcribe streams that have more than two channels. For information about requesting a quota increase, see AWS service quotas.

Transcribing Multi-Channel Audio in an HTTP/2 Stream

To transcribe multi-channel audio in an HTTP/2 stream, use the StartStreamTranscription operation and specify the following:

  • LanguageCode - The language code of the audio.

  • MediaEncoding - pcm

  • EnableChannelIdentification - true

  • NumberOfChannels - the number of channels in your streaming audio.

The following is the syntax for the parameters of an HTTP/2 request.

POST /stream-transcription HTTP/2 x-amzn-transcribe-language-code: LanguageCode x-amzn-transcribe-sample-rate: MediaSampleRateHertz x-amzn-transcribe-media-encoding: MediaEncoding x-amzn-transcribe-session-id: SessionId x-amzn-transcribe-vocabulary-filter-name: VocabularyFilterName x-amzn-transcribe-vocabulary-filter-method: VocabularyFilterMethod x-amzn-transcribe-enable-channel-identification: EnableChannelIdentification x-amzn-transcribe-number-of-channels: NumberOfChannels Content-type: application/json { "AudioStream": { "AudioEvent": { "AudioChunk": blob } } }

Transcribing Multi-Channel Audio in a WebSocket Stream

To identify speakers in WebSocket streams, use the following format to create a pre-signed URL and start a WebSocket request. Specify enable-channel-id as true and the number of channels in your stream in number-of-channels. A pre-signed URL contains the information needed to set up bi-directional communication between your application and Amazon Transcribe.

GET wss:// ?language-code=languageCode &X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 &X-Amz-Credential=Signature Version 4 credential scope &X-Amz-Date=date &X-Amz-Expires=time in seconds until expiration &X-Amz-Security-Token=security-token &X-Amz-Signature=Signature Version 4 signature &X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host &media-encoding=mediaEncoding &sample-rate=mediaSampleRateHertz &session-id=sessionId &enable-channel-identification=true &number-of-channels=number of channels in your audio stream

For more information about WebSocket requests, see Creating a Pre-Signed URL.

Multi-Channel Streaming Output

The output of a streaming transcription is the same for HTTP/2 and WebSocket requests. The following is an example output.

{ "resultId": "XXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXX", "startTime": 0.11, "endTime": 0.66, "isPartial": false, "alternatives": [ { "transcript": "Left.", "items": [ { "startTime": 0.11, "endTime": 0.45, "type": "pronunciation", "content": "Left", "vocabularyFilterMatch": false }, { "startTime": 0.45, "endTime": 0.45, "type": "punctuation", "content": ".", "vocabularyFilterMatch": false } ] } ], "channelId": "ch_0" }

For each speech segment, there is a channelId flag that indicates which channel the speech belongs to.