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.
However, if you just need the automatic captions in either plain text or in .srt (time-tagged) format, the following resources have you covered.
For plain text, go to www.diycaptions.com/get-automatic-captions.
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.
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.
Volunteers are currently using DIYCaptions.com to create clean captions for videos hosted on the JohnHoltGWS.com 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.
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.
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.