Have you ever been watching a YouTube video and thought it would be great to have a written transcript of everything that was being said?
There are certain situations in which a transcript can sure come in handy.
For example, if a video is featuring a chef preparing a recipe, a written transcript would probably be easier to follow while you’re preparing that dish later in your own kitchen.
Luckily, it’s very easy to view (and optionally save as a file or print) a transcript of any YouTube video on either a computer or a mobile device. Just follow the steps below for the device you’re using.
If you’re using a laptop or desktop computer:
1 – Start playing the video and then click the three dots icon that’s located just below the lower-right-hand corner of the video.
2 – Click Show transcript.
If you’re using the YouTube app on a mobile device:
1 – Start playing the video and then tap the video title.
2 – Tap Show Transcript.
You should now see a box on the screen containing a time-stamped transcript of everything that’s said in the entire video.
You can now scroll through the written dialog as you please. If you click (or tap) on a line of dialog the video will “jump” to the place in the video where that line is spoken.
If you’re watching the video on a computer you can save the transcript as a file and/or print it out if you want. Here’s how:
1 – Highlight all the text in the transcript by clicking on the word Transcript at the top and dragging your mouse all the way to the last line of text.
2 – Right-click and then select Copy from the pop-up menu.
3 – Paste the transcript into Notepad. Now you can save the transcript as a text file and/or print it.