How to Transcribe a YouTube Video to Text

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YouTube Transcription Guide

YouTube is full of all kinds of videos. From the entertaining to the informative, new content is uploaded by the thousands every minute. While most people are happy to watch and enjoy, others prefer a complete viewing experience, including YouTube video to text transcriptions. Transcriptions add to the viewer’s comprehension, provide learning opportunities and offer new ways to view videos 

If you’re interested in learning how to transcribe YouTube videos or need resources to help you, here are the most popular options.  

Use Transcription Service, YouTube or DIY 

No matter which YouTube video you want to convert to text, you have three major options available to you. Each option offers its own list of benefits and challenges to consider. Take some time to learn about each choice, then decide which is best for you.  

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How to Transcribe a Youtube Video to Text with a Transcription Service 

Using a transcription service for transcribing a YouTube video to text is the easiest option. Here’s how to get started.

1. Upload Your YouTube URL to a Trusted Transcription Service

Rev is the most accurate transcription solution available for your money, and offers both professional transcription services and automatic transcription services. Upload your YouTube URL here to get started by clicking “Paste a URL”

Transcription Upload or Paste URL

2. Select your Optional Add-on Options

You can choose to rush your order, add timestamps, get an instant draft transcript, and more. These options are all additional fees, but they are completely optional.

How to Transcribe Audio to Text Choose Options

3. Click “Checkout” and Receive your Transcript

The length of time for our professionals to transcribe your video depends on the video length, but most videos just take a few hours. Our automatic transcription service is nearly instant, but will be less accurate.

You will receive your YouTube transcript in an email or in your account when it is finished!


DIY Way to Transcribe YouTube Videos 

A final option is to transcribe a video yourself. This is the most time-intensive process for you, but the benefit is you’ll be in control of the entire process. You can use any shorthand or add any notes that you want, plus skip any sections that you don’t find valuable if you’re doing the transcription yourself.  

Of course, customizing the transcription will make them less useful if you intend to share the document, but if it’s only meant for your own use, this is a great option.

Other Resources 

Learn more how to transcribe audio to text or the importance of subtitles on your YouTube videos on our blog. 

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