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How to transcribe a video from YouTube 

A detailed guide on how to create transcripts of videos from YouTube


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Obtaining a written transcript of videos from YouTube is easy. You don’t even need to go through the lengthy process of downloading the video to your computer – Beey can transcribe the video directly, all you need to do is provide the URL address.

The resulting transcript will help make content accessible to individuals with hearing impairment. You can also easily create captions that you can add to the video.


  1. Get the URL address of the YouTube video
    There is no need to download anything in order to obtain the transcript of the video. All you have to do is to know its URL address. There are two ways of going about this: Find the desired video in your browser. Copy the address of the video’s page from the address bar (link will look something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gcn234Lf9A). You can also use the Share function: Click on „Share“, located on the bottom right-hand corner underneath the video, and click on Copy. This will copy the video’s address to your clipboard.
  2. Log into Beey and transcribe your recording
    Log into your Beey account or create a new account here. You can refer to our guide How to transcribe an audio recording in Beey
  3. Use the Link app
    Click on Apps in Beey’s left-hand menu. Find the item named „Link“ in the Apps menu and click on it. On the next page, select the language of the video and paste the already copied address of the video into the field „URL address“. Then click on “Run”. Wait for the name of the video and the status „Transcribing“ to appear below. Click on the name of your video to open the project in Beey.
  4. Check and edit the transcript
    Beey will begin to transcribe the video automatically. While the transcription is running, you can check it and correct any errors.
  5. Export and share
    Download your transcript in Word or PDF format. You can also use Beey to effortlessly generate subtitles. In our guide you can read about how to upload the finished captions to YouTube.

Please note:
The Beey Link application is intended primarily for making videos accessible to people with hearing impairments. It is not intended for downloading videos. Thank you for using this app responsibly and respecting the applicable copyright laws.


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