Saturday, November 26, 2016

How to get a free transcript of your video out of YouTube

How on earth do you get a transcript out of YouTube!?



There is a wealth of information out there on this topic, but, with a product like YouTube, what's true yesterday certainly isn't guaranteed to be true today. I found this out the hard way.

Working on a recent job for a real estate management company, I wanted transcripts of our footage to find the story we needed to tell. There were five or so separate interviews and I wanted to find the best nuggets of interview to piece together a cohesive story. I found a wealth (or glut) of (mis)information on how to get transcripts out of YouTube, but sure enough - they were ALL wrong. Every single one of them... or at least the seven to ten sources I used.

Even YouTube's own resources were somewhat difficult to follow. So... what I now give to you is the current (as of today) process for extracting transcripts from YouTube. Please enjoy and let me know in the comments if this process goes sour.


  1. Click on your profile image (top right) and select "Creator Studio"'
  2. Click "edit" for the video in question
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  3. The video must offer a "cc" logo when viewing in YouTube, if that is not available, it should appear in short time.
  4. Once a transcript is created, click the "English" button.
  5. A transcript should be available on the left side of the page.
  6. I then downloaded the file as an ".srt" file which you can view in the notepad application.
  7. Does this work for you? Do I need to update these instructions?

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