How To Transcribe Videos Using Google Docs

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How to Use Google Docs to Transcribe YouTube and Other Videos – Step by Step Instructions

Now this is something really neat that I came across recently. Did you know that you can use Google Docs to transcribe YouTube and other videos that may have? Google Docs has a built-in voice typing feature. Make sure you are using Google Chrome as that’s the only way you’ll be able to do this at this time.

Here’s how you get started:

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Open a new Google Doc
  3. Click on ‘Tools’
  4. Click on ‘Voice typing’ and look for a microphone icon.

To transcribe a video, do the following:

  1. First, make sure you are in a quiet environment where background noises won’t impact the transcribing process
  2. Then, open a second browser window and have them side by side, if possible
  3. Open the video you that you want to transcribe
  4. Click on your Docs window
  5. Click on the microphone icon
  6. When it turns red, it’s recording
  7. Hit ‘Play’ on your video
  8. Note: You can’t navigate away from your google docs window at all. If you do, the feature will stop recording. So be sure not to do this and go get yourself a coffee!

As long as the sound is clear, Google Docs can do a reasonable job of transcribing it. You will, and expectedly, need to perform a bit of cleanup once the transcribing is done. But hey, it’ll probably save you a boat load of time compared to typing everything out yourself, right? This is a great free alternative to those pay for transcripts options. Alternatively, if it is your youtube video, you can enable closed captioning in your video upload and youtube will create automatic captions for you.

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