How to Easily, Automatically and Instantly Transcribe YouTube Videos

What if the words spoken in a YouTube video were as easily searchable as a plain old text document?

Well, they are.

It only takes a minute to convert any YouTube video into text. Just follow the steps below:

  1. On a YouTube video’s page, pause the video and then click on ‘cc’.
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2. Click on the three horizontal dots next to “save”.

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3. Click on ‘Open Transcript’.

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4. (optional) Click on the three vertical dots to remove the time stamps.

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5. Select all text of the transcript and ‘copy’.

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6. Open a text document (OpenOffice, Sublime, Word, Google Docs etc) and paste the text.

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7.

a) ‘Select all’

b) Then go to ‘find and replace’ in the Menu.

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8.

a) Check the ‘regular expressions’ box.

b) Type ‘\n’ in the search field.

c) Type a space in the ‘Replace with’ field.

d) Click on ‘Replace all’.

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9. And there’s your text.

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Koen Swinkels blogs at Philosophy of Bitcoin and Foreign Policy Follies. Twitter. PayPal, Patreon, Bitcoin: 1JHyK1eM7jvKPVrU7UFX8hbb2Xea9egrAP

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