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Quickly turn YouTube's automatic captions into accurate and professional captions for your YouTube videos.

Service interruption (April 2017): We apologize, but changes made to the YouTube interface prevent the small box editor from accessing automatic captions for videos not already in our system. We're working on getting this addressed as quickly as we can.

You can, however, access automatic captions in either plain-text or .srt (time-tagged) format using the following resources:

For plain text, go to

For .srt format, go to

Be advised that these services occasionally have timeout issues. If you're sure that your video has automatic captions, and they don't appear on your first try, please try again a few extra times. We're working on solving this issue at present.

Please check our Facebook group regularly for updates on our progress getting fully operational again. If you have questions, email me at the address at the bottom of the page.

If you accessed a YouTube video using DIYCaptions before the service interruption began, you can still access it using the DIYCaptions automatic-captions clean-up editor. Just paste the YouTube URL or the 11-character ID here and go.


About DIYCaptions' Transcription Pad for YouTube Videos

If you don't need to import automatic captions, or if automatic captions aren't available for your video, and you're just looking for a simple interface for transcribing content or taking notes in a web page that's integrated with a YouTube player, I've built a second editor with a similar look and feel that allows you to do free-form text editing (similar to Window's Notepad) but with the ability to start, stop, and rewind the video while you're typing.

To open the Transcription Pad, paste a URL or the 11-character ID for your targeted YouTube video, then click "Go."    

Demonstration of DIYCaptions Transcription Pad


Volunteers are currently using to create clean captions for videos hosted on the web site. To volunteer to help, provide your contact information using the signup form at the bottom of this page.

I'd be happy to receive any feedback that you have regarding my editors. Thanks for giving us a try.

What are automatic captions?

Automatic captions are machine transcriptions of the words heard in a YouTube video performed by Google software. While those transcriptions are almost never perfect, more and more, the accuracy seems to be improving. When it comes to transcribing videos for the purpose of making subtitles, automatic captions can mean fewer words that have to be typed by humans.

About DIYCaptions' Automatic Captions Clean-up Editor

This app is intended to make it easy to access the automatic captions that YouTube creates for videos and to manually correct any transcription errors so that the text can be used to create more professional-looking captions. For videos where the accuracy of the automatic captions is high, using automatic captions can significantly reduce the amount of time that it takes to type a transcript of a video's spoken content.

Demonstration of DIYCaptions' Automatic Captions Editor

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