Video Transcription Done For You for FREE By YouTube’s Closed Captioning!
If you only knew how long I’ve been meaning to place this video into a post on my blog! I created it back in June of 2013 so I’m not sure what took me so long?! It’s been ranked in the number 1 spot on page 1 of Google for over 2 years now. Silly me! The branding in the introduction of the video is for a domain I still own, and haven’t utilized much lately, but the message is still the same.
It’s a slick little tip on what to do with those “unscripted” video recordings you put up on YouTube that you were not so sure how to describe. This works great for vids under 5 minutes in length, any longer than that and the full description may not fit into YouTube’s Video Manager’s editor. But then again, I haven’t fully tested it with all the content I’ve created so far.
Updated for 2015!
It took me awhile to get around to this, but as of July 10th, 2015, I have updated the video that this blog originally referred to at the bottom of the post. Both still carry some weight, but I want you to have the latest and greatest information at your disposal, so here it is!
Get some of that relevant, readable data into your descriptions! And think about this for a moment, not everyone can actually HEAR your video (probably didn’t cross your mind much, eh?). What that means is, if you don’t take into consideration the Closed Captioning option offered to you, you may just be missing out on a significant portion of your audience. We can’t have that…
What is Closed Captioning?
If you’re not familiar with the term, you see it in all of those foreign films on Netflix. It’s simply a transcription of your audio track at the bottom of the screen, interlaced with the video, allowing the hearing impaired to follow along with your video’s content. You may or may not know this, but YouTube’s internal video reader has the ability to decipher your voice from the audio feed and transcribe it to text automatically. This feature certainly doesn’t kick in immediately (it usually takes at least 24 hours to generate) and doesn’t always work perfectly (as you’ll see in the video), but what it does do might just surprise you!
- Length of your video
- Clear articulation of your words
- Clarity of your voice
- Any background noise that may interfere
So if transcribing text for your latest upload was an afterthought, before you go paying for an expensive transcription service or software, save yourself some money and effort by watching my updated for 2015 clip above, but it wouldn’t hurt ya to watch my #1 page ranking video that started it all back in 2013! You’ll discover just how easy it is to transcribe your videos using YouTube’s built-in closed captioning feature!
See you in my next video!