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VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION: Transcribing your Videos is a great way to easily repurpose content or generate video descriptions. Here’s the BEST way to automatically Transcribe Video or Audio (and it's free!) ----- - My YouTube Gear and Setup: https://primalvideo.com/go/youtubegear/ - Check out the BEST Process for Editing Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouy0cpglrc8 ----- Transcription: Best Free Way To Automatically Transcribe Video (Audio to Text) // UPDATE: It seems Google now requires you to be using the Chrome browser (on PC or Mac) in order to enable Google Now. If you're having any issues, make sure you're using Chrome! \\ Transcribing your videos is a great way to easily repurpose your content or generate video descriptions. Here’s the BEST way to do transcription automatically (oh, and it’s also free!). You might have heard Google (Google Now), Apple (Siri) and Microsoft (Cortana) have been investing a LOT in their virtual assistant apps over the past few years. The voice recognition in these services is getting pretty amazing - even for my Aussie accent! With the amount these guys are investing, it's not hard to see why they can generate results a lot of the built-for-purpose software packages just cant match when transcribing audio. I'll show you how to make the most of these services for transcribing your videos - the best free way to automatically transcribe video: Audio to Text. Video Editing Coach is now Primal Video! Check out PrimalVideo.com for more. ----- Related Content: Filming Video with your Smartphone? You NEED these Guides on How To Film Professional Video: For iPhone: https://youtu.be/g8a4F6mVX64 For Android: https://youtu.be/qoxihY5Buc8 DISCLOSURE: We often review or link to products & services we regularly use and think you might find helpful. To support the channel, we use referral links wherever possible, which means if you click one of the links in this video or description and make a purchase we may receive a small commission or other compensation. We're big fans of Amazon, and many of our links to products/gear are links to those products on Amazon. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and related sites.
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Text Comments (524)
Randall Martinez (11 hours ago)
Exactly what I was looking for... tried it on my android phone and got exactly what I needed. A+
Sina Fakharzadeh (5 days ago)
that was amazing thank you!
Thanks Sina! 😀
Willow (10 days ago)
God bless you.
Thanks Willow! 😀
Luke McKay (15 days ago)
Thanks Luke! 😀
Melinda Pedersen (21 days ago)
Super helpful and easy!! Thank you!!!
So awesome to hear it! 😀
DanRage47 (22 days ago)
I need software to transcribe german words from Das Boot for Subtitle purposes, I got it copies from my DVD for easier access, private use, but I really hate that the subtitls are for the ENGLISH DUB, so they don't match the spoken German audio at all. Anyone know of any programs I can run as the movie plays out to record every single word that is spoken? I am a bit of a perfectionist, and I want to create proper subtitles in several languages if possible, but I need to have all the german words properly written first.
Robert Bierwolf (27 days ago)
The two-step, hence using your smartphone, neither works. It just cannot follow a presenter and translate that fast enough. Good ideas, but practically it did not work. Too bad.
Robert Bierwolf (27 days ago)
Too bad. Yes, it does do the transcribing. But the amount of errors, complete wrong words, is just really too bad, even though it is all very well clear and properly spoken English, it simply cannot handle it.
crazy zinoucha (1 month ago)
U save my life thank u
Haha nice, Primal Video to the rescue! 👍
Nancy B. Kline (1 month ago)
Google docs didn't work for me. My phone did! Thanks.
Crina Cristea (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for this! Very helpful! Have a great day!!
No problem Crina Cristea!
Mai Gharieb (1 month ago)
you've been a great help, thank you sooo much!
So awesome to hear it! 😀
الباحث (2 months ago)
why it stop after a while ! i used to converted a video of 18 minute ! please answer me .. thnx for this video
Bouki Prod (2 months ago)
i like it , pretty cool
👍 👍
Jeff H (2 months ago)
Clever hack, though I haven't tried yet.
Let me know how you go!
Katarina Elin (2 months ago)
Thanks so much
No problem Katarina Elin!
Jeanne Kassof (3 months ago)
Justin, what "Word Processing App or note taking App" did you use, please? I have a Samsung. Thank you!
NarrowTruth (3 months ago)
Did you just wrestle someone? That collar makes no sense for reality.
Clases Ingles (3 months ago)
I'm looking to have professional looking fonts with background that goes across, and all the youtube videos on transcribe or CC all use the same text.
Antonio Galvez (3 months ago)
So smart man! Thanks for the vid!
No problem Antonio!
Jeff Pringle (4 months ago)
Awesome. Will try soonest. Thanks much!
Let me know how it goes!
ahmed nessim (4 months ago)
hi , i am learning Italian language , i usually run tutorial videos on YouTube and what i want is to take the the speech as a text file , is it possible and how ? thanks in advance
E (4 months ago)
Awesome!!!! Thank you so much!
No problem E!
Jean Hedley (5 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks so much! Just saved me a ton of time.
No probleam Jean. Glad to hear it's helped you! :)
Ronzz LV (5 months ago)
Can I use this with iRecorder? I use the recorder app for interviews.
I haven't tried that, we typically use rev.com if it's something where accuracy is a requirement
Affiliate Hacks (5 months ago)
This works for me, just transcribed a 22-minute video but there are a few things I found you need to do. 1. Ensure the volume on the video is loud enough. 2. Start the video first then hit the record function in Google Docs 3. Most importantly, leave the mouse and computer keyboard alone. This saved me hours of work. .
Great tips!
Roby Mora (5 months ago)
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thu Nguyen (5 months ago)
you are such a huge generous person. The brilliant idea you find out is just so amazing. i just cant describe how much thankful i am to you. Thank you, sir
Thanks Thu for the kind words - made my day!
freesixteen (5 months ago)
This is fn' awesome!
Haha thanks!
Dhirender Singh (5 months ago)
Thnq brother keep on
Holy greenscreen batman ;p
The Triple Threat Artist (5 months ago)
Extremely helpful. Saved me money and time today. Thanks!
No problem!
Amjad Akhtar (6 months ago)
Wow! I was ready to pay someone to transcribe something for me or purchase a software. This method is absolutely amazing. Free, and literally within 2 minutes I saw the magic. Just downloaded Google Docs on android. Opened a new doc. selected the microphone, held it down, and played the video on my pc and the transcriptions started appearing on my cellphone. Amazing. Loved it. Thank you!!!
Cool trick right? Glad to know you found it useful!
INOID (6 months ago)
Thanks a lot
no problem!
Layra Marte (6 months ago)
This was so helpful! Thank you Justin :)
No problem!
David Douglas (7 months ago)
I’d like to add one more to the list. If your experience with Facebook Ads you know that you can upload a video. When you upload a video Facebook gives you the option to add captions. It will do it automatically you may have to review it to make sure everything is correct but it saves a lot of time just to type it all out.
PlatinumHowler (7 months ago)
I saw someone make a comment on a different video that transcribing videos has helped in driving up views, how exactly does that work?
raz tastic (7 months ago)
You just saved me a lot of hard work. Million trillion thank you. Wish you a success in your life.
Awww Thanks Raz!
Nayan Patel (7 months ago)
Thanks so much for this video! I added my own twist to this Excellent solution you propose ... I have a few Audio Lectures I wanted to transcribe -- I used a software called Sunflower (I am a mac user) that automatically took sound output from iTunes of these lectures, and I turned on "text to speech" in google docs - and WHAM! I didn't have to hold my phone in front of the microphone or use external switches to feed the audio to Google Docs to have it transcribe. It's one less thing to do. I still may have to monitor it's progress in case Wi-fi connection or Google's speech feature stops in between. Thanks for this your suggestion to use Siri or Google's software my friend! Cheers!
Awesome Nayan! Good work
HUGUETZ! (7 months ago)
gracias chris martin
Wrong twin mate 😜
mariano mariano (8 months ago)
hi Justin, nice video but...can you help with this? : Google doc transcription on windows 10 chrome browser and playing a youtube video only transcript 1 or 2 lines and it stopitself, doesn not does a continuous transcription of a video...
mariano mariano (8 months ago)
@Justin Brown - Primal Video mm.. setting chenge of what..? It has to be Google stuff..
Not sure why that is.. This video is from 2015 though.. last time I checked it was still working fine this way but potentially something has changed.. or there's just something in your settings or setup that is stopping it
Dianna Evans (8 months ago)
Thank you. this will save me hours of time.
Awesome Dianna 👍
burt estrella (8 months ago)
Thank you, it's more simpler using your method. God bless
Bodhi Kenyon (8 months ago)
No worries Bodhi - glad it helped!!
Mary Ba (8 months ago)
Hello, I cannot find the voice input on my phone.
You might need to download the Google Keyboard if you're on android
Gd LOP (9 months ago)
great suggestions but i wish they worked for me.... google docs doesnt always capture the sound...works only in chrome ....and the files are saved on the drive without permission, so google has access to them...so no privacy the android trick doesnt work either....it doesnt capture sound fast enough although i played around with the TTS options......and i wanted it so much to work
Simon Lau (9 months ago)
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Eric A Wright, PhD (9 months ago)
Awesome video Justin! Short, practical, effective! I appreciate it! Cheers! Eric
Thanks Eric!
Unlikely Coach (9 months ago)
My challenge was syncing subtitles to video accurately on-screen. Now I just pay Revs $1/minute to transcribe and create millisecond perfect subtitles delivered in a .srt file which can be uploaded on all platforms effortlessly. And, since almost none of my videos are ever more than 5 minutes, the 5 bucks I pay Revs is almost a no brainer.
THEJACK007 (10 months ago)
How to add that transcribed text on video plz tell that
RMG GROUPSB (10 months ago)
Thanks for sharing ! very helpful.. saves me lots of time and energy
Michael Woods (10 months ago)
my problem with google docs is that it just stops transcribing after about a minute - again and again. Any ideas? R
Francis Suemitsu (10 months ago)
Amy Bugeja (10 months ago)
thanks maaaaaate!!!! I had NO idea this existed. totally subbed for your valuable content
Bunny Sank (10 months ago)
But I can't pass go transcript I try Soo much even I spend 1 half hour by own and other on software nothing work plz help me
Both on the computer and on android, the mic picks up my voice but not the recorded audio: it make all the mimic of "hearing" it, but it doesn't transcribe it. Anyone with a solution for that?
Pauli C (11 months ago)
good vid ... thanks boss
Diane- S (11 months ago)
How can you translate what your watching on YouTube into English?
Entrepreneur society (11 months ago)
I find https://gotranscript.com/transcription-jobs/r/452484 is one of the most trustworthy and 100% accuracy available today
Sam Ferriere (11 months ago)
Wow!!! fantastic! thank you so much
ludia (11 months ago)
you saved my life and my finders-typing, mate! thank you soooo much
Penelope Jane Whiteley (11 months ago)
It seems really simple! If it works you'll hear me screaming with joy in Australia! I can scream very loudly ...
Too bad it doesn't do punctuation as well.
Thanks for this video, I am looking to transcribe my YouTube videos, to use it for video description, and looking for the best way to do it, I have an idea as well, similar to yours, but, it involves using and iPhone or an android phone to sit in your pocket with external microphone attached and transcribe what your saying using software or an app while your shooting the video to save time, but I can’t help but think there is a better or an easier way, like using a video file converter to convert to MP3 then transcribe to text, I will search for a way to do this and will make a video on my channel, I think this is important for YouTube video creators due to algorithms always changing and video discussion plays a major role in video discovery, also turning CC on close captions so that AI Machine learning can pickup what’s being said in the video, and match it up to tittle and video description, the YouTube tags are less important according to the guys that mess with algorithms and mainly being used for a miss spelling, thumbnails, video tittle and description on other hand play a major role in video discovery and rankings
Life Styling Space (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video, it is completely awesome! I am definitely gonna try it and let you know how it turned out! Love all your videos by the way, thanks!
Yasmine BERRAHOU (1 year ago)
Thank you !!!! This worked great !
Aimee Aballo (1 year ago)
please help my google doc doesn't "hear" my video. I need to transcribe the audio of a video interviews for my doctoral dissertation project. I have been unsuccessful using youtube, google docs, and zoom. I appreciate anyone who can help!
John G (1 year ago)
Thanks. Great tips.
Lynn Mikels (1 year ago)
Thank you so much. Genius!
Human Research (1 year ago)
thanks for this mate
HaBe Cheetah (1 year ago)
Justin, thank you for posting. You helped a lot.
Learn Portuguese (1 year ago)
This is what I got from google when I was saying that I was doing a transcription after watching a youtube video: Here is the result: "Ok Solex old is what is the safest countries in because it is not say Anything in my Shoes Store full Stock vídeo YouTube good. after books to Mami. de for."
BushOwl (1 year ago)
Contact me if u need any work done guys I do it at a very good price ✅, if it is more than one video that needs to be done I will give a better rate 🙏
Jocelyn Oslob (1 year ago)
great idea
Sheila Smith (1 year ago)
This didn't work for me either. I have the video playing off of my desktop, it is an mp4, out of Google Docs I click on Tools>Voice Typing and then click on the microphone. It keeps saying "Sorry, didn't hear that. Check microphone." Cannot figure out how to make this work.
Julien Miquel (1 year ago)
Very useful. Thanks. Haven't tried it yet but will. Cheers :-)
Sath Sah (1 year ago)
Super Thank you
Lamjed Elhamel (1 year ago)
great job mr
Video Upskill (1 year ago)
This does work really well, but our Australian accent ^_^
John Kyle (1 year ago)
Hi guys, Justin Brown here. Transcribing your videos is a great way to repurpose some of your video content. There’s a ton of options out there to help you automate the transcribing process but unfortunately and maybe it's just my Australian accent but none of them seem to work really well. Well, good news! I've two options for you and both of them are free. So you might have heard that Google, Apple, and Microsoft are currently spending a ton of money on building and refining their virtual assistant apps, so Google Now, there’s Siri, and these apps relied heavily on voice recognition in order to deliver us their results. So what we looked at was how we can tap into their voice recognition technology and use it to transcribe videos. So the first method I’m going to show you is using your computer or laptop and using Google Docs. So open up a new Google document and click on "Tools" and pick "Voice Typing." So this enables voice recognition for your Google Doc. So if you click the microphone and start to speak then everything that you say will be typed out into the document. So we can use this principle and click record, and click play on a video, whether it's on YouTube or on your hard drive and let Google Docs transcribe everything that’s said in the video. Through my tests, this is almost perfect. I've had to make a couple of minor changes but overall this performed way better than any other software I've ever tried. OK, so method 2 is very similar. We’re going to play back a video on your computer and we're going to use your phone to do the transcribing. Now, in theory, this should work a bit better because the microphones in your phones are so much more precise and will pick up less background noise. So how you do this is you open up a word processing app on your phone, whether it's an Android phone or an iPhone, open up a word processing or note-taking app, and on your keyboard, when you go to do text input, there’s the microphone button down at the bottom. So when you select "voice input" that's when you hit "play" on your video content and then hold your phone near the computer so that it's going to transcribe everything that it hears from the video. Well, I hope that helps you transcribe your videos. Make sure you subscribe at www.videoeditingcoach.com and to my YouTube channel about everything video production and video editing. --- Method #1 (zoom h4 mic in USB interface mode, pointed at my computer speakers) + a few minor edits. Took 3 mins. Holy crud, thanks for this, Justin. - John www.johnkyle.com
hahaha love it! Nice work John 😀👍
Verna E. MacKay (1 year ago)
Thank you. The Google docs do not work that well, but the phone works beautifully.
Kathryn Petrick (1 year ago)
wait, do I download Google docs? and if so where do I download it for windows 7 or 10 computer?
Oberdan Aguiar (1 year ago)
Hey Mate. Justin, you are a star mate! I am Brazilian and love your accent. Your voice and clearness inspirational!
Fausta Dhafin (1 year ago)
Chris Martin!
Fahad Librarian (1 year ago)
Awesome....It's working for me.
Re: your youtube instructions: what do you mean click "play on a video?" I have an audio recording. I opened Google docs. I see no action item "play on a video." I want a transcription of a recorded interview, stored on my computer, not dictation, mate. More explicit instructions please or change the headline to say "diction"
arthur brogard (1 year ago)
doesn't work. use yousubtitles.com instead.
Laura Stern (1 year ago)
what were the changes you made to make google docs work better? it only picks up the first sentences. it'd be really helpful to know
Master Jack (1 year ago)
Thank you, you brilliant, brilliant man. You've saved me so many hours of my life!
Madan Mohan reddy (1 year ago)
hi Justin how to convert video voice to text ?
Arshad Ali (1 year ago)
Mobile phone mein Insaan K bran type ping ho sakti hai ya nahi koi aisa software Banaye Shukriya
rajesh kumar (1 year ago)
I have some foreign movies but , without subs I tried to download but fails. Is there any technique that provides me subs
Lian Chi (1 year ago)
I don't know how to use it? how can I download the google doc,,
MOHAMED SADIK (1 year ago)
Great help , thanks a lot
HR Department (1 year ago)
Hi Justin how can I find software for transcribing voice to text from meetings with multiple voices ?
We have a new video out REALLY soon on this topic, but check out the Rev.com, there's a Premiere plugin called Transcriptive, or I think Temi.com supports multi speakers too.
Sam Smith2 (1 year ago)
This option disable on my laptop why
Tony Woks (1 year ago)
Awesome tip. Thanks
Leadership with Mike (1 year ago)
Trying this tmrw!

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