Free Youtube Transcript Generator: 3 ways to transcribe audio

Youtube is the most popular video uploading & streaming platform with lots of features such as background colour change, keyboard shortcuts, translation of video titles and description, auto caption generation and more. However, here we are only going to talk one which is Youtube auto-transcribe service. As we know YouTube is not only limited to one country or vicinity, so if your videos’ language is English then it is really easy to automatically transcribe Youtube videos. Being a global language it is very easy for most of the world’s audiences to understand your created video content easily.

There are a couple of well-known speech recognition software available online those can easily convert any audio into text format, however, most of them are paid. Thus, in such situation, if you are a new YouTuber and can’t afford such pricy transcription software then here are three free Youtube Transcript Generator or shall I say ways to generate subtitles for YouTube videos.

Note: Right now, it is not possible to achieve 100% accuracy in the text while transcribing it from audio because of the voice quality, accent, the pronunciation of words and background noise. If the audio has good quality then the rate of accuracy will also be good.

Method 1: YouTube Auto Transcribe service

Yes, as you heard the title, we can automatically transcribe youtube video using its own feature known as Auto Transcribe. So, as you upload the video and publish it, YouTube automatically generates the subtitles by transcribing the audio of the video. However, all the words would not be accurate, thus we can edit the whole transcription generated by YouTube, to rectify machine errors and publish it again.

Let’s first see how we will get the transcription on YouTube.

Step 1: Open YouTube video that transcription you want to generate. And click on the three dots given right side below the video. A pop-up will appear from where the select option “Open Transcript”. Open Youtube video Transcipt


Step 2: Youtube using Google’s Speech Recognition technology will show all converted audio to text along with timestamp in an Open Transcript window. Use mouse, click-drag and copy all text and then paste it on WordPad. In this way, we can get the transcription of our videos using YouTube. copy transcipt

Step 3: If you think that auto Youtube generated subtitles are not correct then go to YouTube Creator Studio-> Video Manager->Videos and select the video that subtitle you want to edit.  On the top among a couple of tabs click on Subtitle/cc.edit subtitle on YouTube videos

Step 4: Click on the language in which subtitles or caption CC have published. By default YouTube automatically recognizes and set it accordingly. In our case, the video’s language was in English, so it showing Published transcript is in “English (Automatic)“. Click on that.

Edit english subtitles

Step 5:  Click on Edit button that will appear on the right top side.

Edit youtube subtitles

Step 6: Finally, you will see the complete transcription of YouTube videos on the left side along with time stamp. Just correct the words those are missing or not correct and click on Publish edits button.

Edit the transcription Youtube and publish

So, in this way, we can use free Youtube video to text transcription service.

Method 2: Diycaptions- YouTube video captions and subtitles

Our second method is quite simple and easy to use. It is third-party software and doesn’t affiliate with YouTube, plus free to use. Follow the given steps to use this free Youtube video transcription generator software.

Step 1: Go to the DIY Captions website.

Step 2: Enter the YouTube video URL in the given box and to get the full text of the audio click on Get Text button. And, for subtitles/CC with Timestamps select the Get.SRT one. The second button will generate a .srt file. 

download Youtube captions and subtitles

Step 3: As soon as we click any of the two buttons a new tab will open along with video and a link which show the subtitle language available for your Youtube video.  Click on that.

English youtube captions srt file

Step 4: Here are screenshots of two text files generated from the transcription of YouTube.  You can directly edit the text from here too before copy and saving it.

Download youtube transcript as SRT format

Generated SRT file for Youtube transcript

Download youtube transcript as text

Text format extraction of youtube transcript

Furthermore, the same tool can be used to edit the text while playing the video side by side. On the main website of DIY caption scroll down and instead of pasting the link in starting box, paste into the Next box.

YouTube’s automatic captions into clean transcripts

See this video to know how to do this?

Method 3: Google voice transcription

Finally, before uploading the YouTube video or already uploaded videos’ transcription if needed then one can use the free Google Docs. It has also integrated with Google Speech recognization technology that is available in the form of Voice typing option.

Step 1: Download a software called Virtual Cable (VB-CABLE ) Website.

Step 2: Install the Virtual Cable under the administrative privileges on Windows 10/8/7.

Step 3: After installing this small in size app restart your system

Step 4: Go to Windows search box and type Sound.

Step 5: Under Sound settings click on the Recordings Tab.

Virtual Cable for Windows

Step 6: Select the Cable Out option, right click on it and enable the same.

Step 7: Now go to Google Docs here is the link.

Step 8: On Google Docs click on Tools option and select Voice typing.

Voice Typing

Step 9: Now, Go to your YouTube video or play any video or audio file locally on the system.

Step 10: So, to automatically transcribe video to text free of cost, again, on Google Docs, click on the Record/Audio button that will appear on the left side on the Docs. The Virtual Cable will directly send the audio signal to Google Docs which eliminates the headache of speaking by your self. Also, its worth to be noted that Google Docs support typing of more than 40 languages.


Automatically Google Docs Typing

In this way we can use multiple ways to create text from Youtube videos or our simple audio file resides on our computer.

6 thoughts on “Free Youtube Transcript Generator: 3 ways to transcribe audio”

  1. Hi, Sayan. Thanks for the kind thumbs up on my DIY Captions site. All the best.

  2. As you know, YouTube auto-generated closed captions doesn’t add punctuation or capitalization. Using this method, does Google Docs do a better job?

  3. There is also another easy free way, simply download Streamr by vidtoon software and translate or transcribe your videos.


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