Transcripts for YouTube Videos
Generating text, written transcripts for YouTube videos
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Written Transcripts for YouTube Videos
All videos have automatic closed captions generated in YouTube, as well as the ability to take the closed captions and generate a written text transcript. Transcripts are helpful options to provide to support multiple means of representation (perception, language and symbols). Written transcripts can be helpful for students learning a new language, students who may struggle to see or hear the video in the class setting, and students who would like to use the transcript as a note-taking or study tool.
- To access video transcripts, open YouTube and select a video. Below the video player, select the 3-dot button. This button is available on all YouTube videos, whether you are the owner of the video or a viewer of another user's video.
- Select "Open Transcript".
- At the right of the video player, a window will emerge showing a transcript of closed captions from the text with accurate time stamps.
- To toggle off the timestamps, select the 3-dot button and select "Toggle Timestamps". Select the 3-dot button again to toggle timestamps back on.
- The transcript will highlight and scroll line by line as the video plays. To copy the transcript and make available to students in another modality (such as a Google Doc for printing), hover your cursor over the transcript window and select all of text.
- Right click and select "copy" or use the copy keyboard shortcut on your device to copy the text: Chrome OS or Windows is CTRL + c, Mac is ⌘ + c.
- Open a Google Doc or the location where you would like to paste the transcript. Paste by right clicking in the Doc and selecting "Paste" or by using keyboard shortcuts: Chrome OS or Windows is CTRL + v, Mac is ⌘ + v.
- Now, you can edit your transcript so it is accurate. Listen to the video and update the automatic captions to improve the learning experience. Share or print the transcript and distribute to students.
Printable 1-Page Guide of Instructions
For additional tips, visit CCM or the YouTube Help Center.