There are many reasons to post a transcript with a video. First, accessibility. Also, skimmability (a word?)—good for anyone who wants to know if it’s going to be worth their time to invest an hour or more in watching an extended recording. Real-time captions don’t help much with that.

I know generating a transcript may take more time and effort. Are there useful tools to help with this? If there are captions already on a video is there something that can be used to auto create a transcript from them? And one that is accessible for screen readers?

@chendricks It could be possible to upload to YouTube as private, get the auto transcript, perhaps use oTranscribe when you watch and correct manually (sounds more time consuming than it actually is).


@chendricks @marcjones I've done basically this, but using the (also free) VS Code text editor instead of oTranscribe. I just learned about oTranscribe. (Thanks Marc!)

VS Code has plug-ins that work with captions. SRT is the file extension, if I recall correctly—effectively a text file with timestamps.

If one is hosting with YT & correcting their autocaptions already, it's functional (maybe a tad tedious) to remove the timestamps, add paragraph breaks, etc, & then save into a different file.

@marcjones @chendricks If you don't already have a favorite code / text editor, it's a very nice one.

I switched to it from Atom so that I could use the Dendron plug-in, which lets you set up a sort of personal wiki of well-organized notes. (Also @dendronhq on Mastodon )

Having used them for a couple years now, I'm a very big fan of both!

@foureyedsoul @marcjones @dendronhq Oh wow, I’m learning a lot from this. Thank you both! Now to check these out…

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