5 Best Ways to Transcribe YouTube Videos to Text in 2022

Michael Chen
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May 2, 2022
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Why Transcribe YouTube Videos?[Method 1] How to Transcribe a YouTube Video With it's Own Free Feature[Method 2] How to Transcribe a YouTube Video With Google Docs[Method 3] How to Automatically Transcribe a YouTube Video With Notta Chrome Extension[Method 4] How to Live Transcribe a YouTube Video With Notta Web App[Method 5] How to Transcribe a YouTube Video With Notta Web AppHow to Get the Transcript of a YouTube Video on PhonesHow to Download a Transcript of a YouTube Video on Your ComputerFAQ

Transcribing videos can be tedious and time-consuming. With the right tools, it can also be quick and painless. In this article, we'll highlight the best ways to transcribe videos on YouTube. This can help you save hours of valuable time while improving your personal brand.

Why Transcribe YouTube Videos?

There are many reasons to transcribe a YouTube video. Many people share their knowledge and opinions online in a video format. 

Reason 1: You may need to transcribe YouTube videos for business purposes. You may need to highlight key points of the meeting. You can then focus on these key points to make calculated decisions at a later time.

Reason 2: If you’re a student you may want to transcribe videos so you can enjoy the video and have an AI take notes for you. If you're consuming training or advice, it's important that you can take notes as you watch the video. This can be extremely helpful when you need a reminder. Or you may want to review the information at a later time. 

Reason 3: A YouTube transcript generator extension can help people around the world. As you probably know, English is not spoken as one language. In fact, there are over 1.14 billion people who speak English as their second language. 

Reason 4: It’s also great for those who have hearing difficulties. Video transcriptions will reflect all accents and intonations of people around the world. This makes it easy to understand the message properly. 

You will be able to watch the video while also reading along in your favorite app or on your website. This can help you catch every detail. 

Let’s Get Started

To transcribe a video, you’ll need to use an extension, converter, or third-party website. We spent tons of hours researching the best methods to transcribe video to text. 

You may a YouTuber that wants to create a blog post from your videos. You may be hearing impaired or a student looking for notes. Maybe you are someone who just needs subtitles. Here are 5 ways that will help you quickly convert YouTube videos into text.

[Method 1] How to Transcribe a YouTube Video With it's Own Free Feature

Advantages:

  • It’s a quick way to get a transcription
  • Ability to skip to different parts of the transcription and play the audio.

Disadvantages:

  • Not very accurate
  • No ability to edit or highlight text
  • Not available for every video

First, we’ll look at how to transcribe a YouTube video to text using Google’s built-in algorithm. This doesn’t work great for every video. However, we’ll look at one where it work’s good enough for this example.

Step 1: Go to YouTube and click on the video you want to transcribe.

Step 2: Click on the ‘...’ on the bottom right of the video.

Step 3: Click ‘Show transcript’.

You will then see a transcript of the video appear on the right.

Nice work! Not every video on YouTube has a ‘Show transcript’ button. If you want to transcribe one of those videos, you’ll want to try some of our other methods below.

[Method 2] How to Transcribe a YouTube Video With Google Docs

Advantages:

  • Ability to edit text after transcription.
  • Possible for many videos.

Disadvantages:

  • Very inaccurate
  • Requires a microphone and good sound to get a decent transcription.
  • Very Slow
  • Will require lots of editing to get it right.

Here we’ll look at how to transcribe a Youtube Video with Google Docs. If there is not a microphone built into your computer or laptop you’ll need an external microphone.

The quality of your transcript will depend on 3 factors:

  1. How close your microphone is to the speaker.
  2. How clear the audio in the video is.
  3. How fast Google Docs can keep up with the audio.

Step 1: Go to Google Docs and click on ‘Blank’.

Step 2: Click on ‘Tools’ at the top.

Step 3: Click on ‘Voice typing’.

Step 4: Minimize this window so that it fills half of the screen.

Step 5: Open another browser window and minimize that one to fill the other half of the screen.

Step 6: In the left browser window go to the YouTube video you’d like to transcribe.

Step 7: Click ‘Play’ on the YouTube video.

Step 8: Click the ‘Speak’ button in Google Docs.

Step 9: Watch as Google Docs transcribes the audio. The length of the video will determine how long it takes to transcribe it.

You’ll need a fairly sophisticated mic set up to achieve a decent transcription with this method. If this is all you have your laptop speakers and your laptop microphone you’ll be doing a lot of editing. 

Let’s look at some other methods.

[Method 3] How to Automatically Transcribe a YouTube Video With Notta Chrome Extension

Advantages:

  • Ability to skip to different parts of the transcription and play the audio.
  • Ability to edit text after transcription.
  • Does not require a microphone because it records directly from internal audio.
  • Possible for every video on YouTube.
  • Very accurate

Disadvantages:

  • May take a while depending on the length of the video.

Here we’ll explain how to use the Notta extension in Google Chrome to transcribe a YouTube video. You do not need a microphone for this.

Step 1: First we’ll need to download the Notta Chrome Extension. Click here to go to the download page.

Click ‘Add to Chrome’.

Step 2: Click ‘Add Extension’.

It will take you to a landing page for Notta. This will explain the extension further.

Step 3: Go to YouTube and find the video you want to transcribe. Click on the ‘Extensions’ button at the top of the page.

Step 4: Click on ‘Notta’.

Step 5: Click ‘Log in’

Step 6: Click ‘Continue with Google’ and sign in with your Google account. You may go through a brief registration with Notta and it will bring you to your dashboard.

Step 7: Go back to the video you want to transcribe on YouTube. Click ‘Extensions’ at the top.

Step 8: Click on ‘Notta’.

Step 9: Select your language and click ‘Start Recording’.

Step 10: Press ‘Play’ on the video.

If you click on the Notta Extension again you can see it working.

Step 11: When the video is done press ‘Stop’.

Step 12: Go back to your Notta dashboard and refresh the page. You will see your transcription pop up. The title will be the same title as the YouTube video. Click on the transcription.

Well Done! Now you will see your transcription on your screen. You can click through different parts of the recording and replay the audio to review the text.

[Method 4] How to Live Transcribe a YouTube Video With Notta Web App

Advantages:

  • Extremely accurate with any kind of microphone.
  • Ability to skip to different parts of the transcription and play the audio.
  • Ability to edit text after transcription.
  • Possible for every video on YouTube.

Disadvantages:

  • May take a while depending on the length of the video.

Here we’ll take a look at how to use the Notta web app to transcribe a YouTube video live. You can use the built-in microphone with your computer or laptop. You can also use an external microphone and position it next to your computer speakers.

Step 1: Go to YouTube and find the video you want to transcribe. Minimize your browser window and make it half size. 

Step 2: Open a new browser and go to your Notta Dashboard. Make this window half size as well and put it on the other side of your screen.

Step 3: Click ‘Start Recording’ on your Notta Dashboard. 

Step 4: Click ‘Play’ on the Youtube video.

Step 5: Watch as the Notta web app transcribes the video.

Step 6: When your video is done press ‘Stop’.

Well done! Notta has transcribed your YouTube video!

[Method 5] How to Transcribe a YouTube Video With Notta Web App

Advantages:

  • Extremely accurate
  • Extremely fast
  • Ability to skip to different parts of the transcription and play the audio.
  • Ability to edit text after transcription.
  • Possible for every video on YouTube.

Disadvantages:

  • none

In this method, we’ll cover how to use Notta’s web app to transcribe a YouTube video.

Step 1: Go to the Notta website and click ‘Log In’.

Step 2: Click ‘Continue with Google’ and sign in with your Google account. You may go through a quick onboarding process. This is so Notta can customize your account for you.

You will then be brought to a dashboard.

Step 3: Open a new tab and go to the video you want to transcribe on YouTube. Copy the link to the video.

Step 4: Now we will need a way to convert the video to audio. Go to YTMP3 and paste your link in the box.

Step 5: Click ‘Download mp3’. Don’t click any of the other buttons.

Step 6: Ignore everything this page says and close the tab.

Step 7: Go back to your Notta dashboard and click ‘Import Files’ on the right.

Step 8: Drag and drop your mp3 into the box and wait for it to finish. It will not take long.

Step 9: When it is finished, click ‘Close’.

Step 10: Now you will see your transcript on your dashboard. Click on your transcript.

Awesome! Now your transcript will show on your screen. You can click play on different parts of the transcript to hear it. You can edit and highlight or delete text as you’d like.

How to Get the Transcript of a YouTube Video on Phones

Now that you have a fresh transcript, you would probably like to take it with you so you can read and edit it on the go. Here’s how to get the transcript onto your phone.

Step 1: Download the Notta app on your device from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Open the Notta app on your phone.

Step 3: Log in with your Google account.

Step 4: Now you will see your transcripts that you created with the Notta web app and Notta Chrom Extension. Click on the transcript you want to view.

Great! Now you can view and edit your transcript from your phone.

How to Download a Transcript of a YouTube Video on Your Computer

Now you have your transcript from your YouTube video in Notta. You may want to download it to your computer for further viewing and editing.

Step 1: Go to your Notta Dashboard. Click on the transcript you would like to download.

Step 2: Click ‘Export’.

Step 3: Choose the File format you’d like to download your transcript in. I also like to check ‘Include timestamps’ and ‘Include mark and notes’. Click ‘Confirm’.

Congrats! Now you have a copy of your transcript on your computer.

FAQ

Is There a Way to Transcribe a YouTube Video?

To transcribe a video, you'll need to first convert it into audio. There are a few ways to do that. The easiest is probably to use a tool like a YouTube-mp3 converter. From there, you can upload the audio file directly to Notta for transcription. Once it's done, you'll be able to download an .mp3 of the audio. You can also download it as a text file with Notta's transcriptions.

How Do I Transcribe a YouTube Video For Free?

The Notta Chrome Extension is the best YouTube to text converter. It's a free tool to record the audio and transcribe the YouTube video online for free. You can save the transcription in text format or turn it into an MP3.

Conclusion

The great thing about these methods is you don’t have to have any video transcoding experience. You also don't need lots of time on your hands to use them.

The best way to transcribe your YouTube video is definitely Method 5. Notta provides the ability to transcode videos in a matter of minutes. If you're someone who values your time. this could be a game-changer for your career.

Michael Chen

Michael is the head of growth at Notta and has a ton of professional hands-on experience in the technology field. He likes writing and experience cool stuffs, if you don't see him in the office discussing the most popular apps with colleagues, then he must be creating in the cafe.

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