In my last post I explained that YouTube now add a machine generated interactive transcript to videos containing a lot of speech. This may sound like a good thing, but often the transcript does not make sense.
How to Add an Interactive Transcript
This short video shows how to add your own interactive transcript to your videos. You will need your transcription saved as a .txt file.
Why You Should Add an Interactive Transcript
While YouTube aren’t great at generating an accurate machine generated transcript, it is pretty good at matching the transcript to speech times. Your basic text transcript is then used to generate the closed captions on your video as well as the interactive transcript beneath it.
Using transcripts and closed captions:
- Increases usability, they’re ideal for people who are hard of hearing or have no sound on their computer
- Increases accessibility, both YouTube and Google have video search facilities with advanced search for videos with closed captions
- Improves your video SEO. Both Google and YouTube index the transcript – that is NOT an excuse to stuff it with your keywords!
Yes, you get these great advantages just from a basic transcript. If you already write scripts for your videos, simply save them as a .txt file ready for uploading.
Over to you…
Now you know how to add an interactive transcript to your YouTube videos will you still rely on the inaccurate machine generated transcript? Will you start using video more? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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