When researching target tasks and looking for representative examples, we might search YouTube and similar sources, as Neil did for his airport cancellation task. To properly exploit such a resource, a transcript should be generated.
For YouTube, you can follow the steps below and try this out for yourself. The slides use this video, and there’s a link in the last slide to our version of the transcript. Then see below for a further guide on using your own video.
*Update: Neil has published a blog post with further guidance on using this video and transcript.
If you upload your own video or audio recording, as long as you speak reasonably clearly and there aren’t too many overlapping voices, YouTube will create automatic captions for you. Mark the video as private when you upload it if necessary. You may need to wait 15-20 minutes before the captions are generated.
In this case, you can use YouTube itself to edit the captions to make them more accurate. To do this:
Once saved, follow the steps in the guide above to copy-paste your subtitles into a document and create a transcript.
There are more and more tools for generating video or audio transcripts, including Google Docs and Otter.ai, which saves the need to go into YouTube. The latter has a free version which should do for most light use.
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