About a week ago I hosted a webinar for an organization that hired me this summer and in the summer of 2018. The webinar was about improving the accessibility of online resources that we share with our students. One of the things that I covered in that webinar was how to improve the accessibility of YouTube videos. In addition to customizing the captions display I showed them how to quickly create transcripts for videos. There are two methods for this. Both methods are explained in the videos below.
When you are viewing a video on YouTube you can open the automatically generated transcript (a feature many people overlook) and then copy the transcript into a Google Doc. Once the transcript is in the Google Doc you can edit the text and text formatting. Additionally, in the Google Doc you can insert links to the corresponding timestamps for the video. Watch this video for a demonstration of how this process works.
The other option for making a timestamped transcript of a YouTube video is to use a third-party service. VidReader is the service that I’ve been using since last fall to create transcripts of YouTube videos. Here’s my demo of VidReader.
For more tips on improving the accessibility of online resources, take a look at this guide that I published on Practical Ed Tech.