Have you ever been in a dilemma of browsing through a 2-hour YouTube video just to find a specific part of it? You might now know it, but you can maximize the use of video transcripts.
YouTube is one of the main sources of entertainment, education, and all sorts of videos you need online. It has become a platform for educational talks, events, and tutorial videos that everyone may use. However, it may be a problem for certain users to find specific information needed. But not for long.
Almost all videos available on YouTube have automatic transcriptions. Basically, it provides a textual copy of the speech used in a certain video whether it is a dialogue, speech, or just anything that was said in the video. This is done through machine learning. On the other hand, other creators manually add closed captions, making transcriptions more accurate to use.
With that, there might be some videos that have no transcription, but it is definitely just a small percentage of content available.
How To Use It?
As explained by AndroidPolice, here are things you have to do to maximize the use of YouTube transcripts.
First, let’s say you watched this specific video which is for 2 hours. You are to look for an update regarding the fresh look for Android and Google apps, called as Material You. However, given the duration of this video, you might try to go over the whole video looking for specific visual cues to know that it is the part. But you no longer need to do that.
What you need to do is go to the YouTube desktop site. Find the video you are to look for, and look for the horizontal three-dot menu below. It will be right above the Subscribe button. After clicking on it, it will give you two options, Report and Open Transcript.
As you click this option, the transcript will show at the right side of the video. There is no option for you to filter the transcript itself, therefore, you have to use your browser’s Find in page tool. If you are using Chrome, you can simply use the three-dot overflow menu next to the address bar under Find. Or you may also use a shortcut, Ctrl+F (or Cmd+F) to open the Find dialog.
From there, simply type in a keyword that will lead you to the part of a video you are looking for. As you click on Find, it will highlight the part of the transcription that includes the keyword you used and specific part of the video. If the keyword doesn’t bring you luck, try to broaden the words a bit.
Take note that the transcript is not accessible through the mobile app. However, you can still try to access it through your phone. Just make sure to open it through your browser and do the same process mentioned through the desktop site. It will just not be as easy as doing it on the web.
For other details of this, you may check YouTube Help. Let us know if it works!