It would be much better if recordings were translated into texts too, so anyone can preview or refer later on without listening over and over again.
Well, at least in English. :)
@inlinecoder Well, it's not an easy task... How would you handle that?
@sprinter from which perspective? UX? UI? Code?
@inlinecoder first from UX, assume ~2 min duration which will be a lot of text and thus inconvenient to use; next - speech recognition isn't good and pricey. It all brings more challenges then value. How would you solve it?
@sprinter I'd say, a postponed speech-recognition (not a real-time) might be ok.
So, basically, you record your voice as you usually do with no signs of speech to text conversion. Then, later on, every chat member is provided with a fully converted speech or, at least, a small preview.
Providing a small preview, for, say, first 10-15-30 secs might be a good feature to be able to navigate through all messages (and to keep history).
There're some fundamental issues with having voice (messages in a chat):
– It's not searchable
– It's not accessible (in terms of human disabilities)
– It's not conveniently preview-able
(I do indeed agree that it's not a trivial task. I'd argue about it's importance tho)
@sprinter real-life case: I'm using voice/video messages very often for a work and casually, but everyone hates me because of this and eventually I have to outline what was told :(
I have to mention when it's casually, it's perceived much better as the information being conveyed isn't that important.
@inlinecoder there is much sense in your words, we even had some experiments with the voice recognition, I think one day we'll find some solution to provide the sort of functionality you described. But, the main thing from our perspective that we're trying to solve, it's providing the more personal touch for the remote teams. So, that mostly not about permanent communication in slack using voice or video, Slack is the great chat tool, and communication there well done using text, and we don't intend to reveal it or change, but sometimes if your team is remote you have to spend more energy to keep the same level of understanding like you have when the team is co-located. So, for this goal, it's pretty nice if you can even once a day send some voice or video to the teammates. So, it's even not about further searching of what was said because the number of such messages can't compare with existing volume of the chat communication, it's just about keeping the personal touch with the team :)
@inlinecoder bingo - listening is much slower than reading, and harder to follow especially if numbers are involved. A high quality preview is really great to see if you need to listen to the full message or just take action if you already have context.
@inlinecoder that would be great
Hello Product Hunt!
Recently we shipped Video Messages on Slack. Many of you asked us to make the same, but for voice. So here it is.
I'm excited to announce that from now on you can send voice (and video) messages on Slack to keep in touch with remote teammates ✨
💡 How does it work?
You install Standuply slack bot which brings /voice slash command. Then you just type /voice in a channel or in a DM with a person to send a voice message in a corresponding place.
💽 Where are recordings stored?
We connect to your Google account and create a private video channel on Youtube for your account. All your recordings are stored there, and you have the full control. Also having them in a private video channel means nobody will see them unless you share the link to the message.
💵 How much does it cost?
At the moment voice messages are the part of the free plan at Standuply. All you need is to have the bot installed on your team.
🗣️ Can I use voice messages for standup meetings?
It's a paid feature, though. See details at https://standuply.com/pricing
We're looking to having your feedback and suggestions.
Warm welcome from Standuply team.
I admire this workaround but it's so obvious that people are crying out for Native voice recording/snippets in Slack.
@itsjoeturner yeah, maybe our feature within Standuply bot will force them to ship it faster
Old news, Slack is now as exciting as Microsoft Word. Next!
@androidlove so what are all the cool kids using now?
@sprinter using Slack does not make one cool. Just as using Microsoft Word does not make you and old school hipster.
FYI, Amazon's speech transcription API was released to the public just today. https://aws.amazon.com/transcribe/
Interesting - does it support replying to voice messages in threads? I assume a lot of users will not want their channels spammed.
Also would there be a better way to store audio? Not sure on the technical side of using Slackbots but using YouTube for just audio seems a bit over-do. Would definitely give this a try later :)
@vincentloi1204 yep, it supports the threads...so everything is great with this. About storing the records...we hope that Slack will add other providers that can play records directly in Slack without leaving it, but for now, it seems impossible, we contacted Slack and they aren't going to extend the list of supported providers...wait...maybe they don't do it because want to release the native feature...
Great job!! 😊Would love if you add voice message transcripts for better understanding and usage
Mark C. Webster
This is great, congrats on the launch. Will be interesting to see what the average length of these clips will be, and what the core use-case is (like, are people sending long clips to save themselves from typing, or short clips via voice to just add more personality). Good stuff.
I like Slack products so much
Will I still need Skype if I convince my other contacts to join Slack Voice? I was wondering if that would be an ultimate tool and I won't need to use more than just one app :).