The (currently?) free online service YouTranscription transcribes any YouTube video link into a searchable PDF. The service uses the hotly traded Whisper Engine by OpenAI.
The latter is a powerful AI speech recognition and translation system that reflects the current state of the art in terms of quality and at the same time can be used openly for one&s own projects.
What sounds banal at first is, in our eyes, helpful for many use cases. Especially if you belong to the ever-shrinking group of people who prefer to quickly skim (aka read) information instead of tap-dancing through a spoken video without knowing whether the speaker will ever get to a relevant point.
Podcasts, tutorials, lectures or interviews can also be read in this way (beyond a potential additional audiovisual entertainment value) even in places where it is otherwise rather difficult to consume video with sound.
In short, YouTranscription seems to us to be a helpful YouTube transcription service for many conceivable usage scenarios. To try it out for free, however, registration is necessary.
After an e-mail verification, video links can then be entered directly. In our case, after a maximum of 10 minutes, the transcription was sent to any email address, which does not have to match the registered email address. Conveniently, this even worked with the input address of our e-book reader. Pretty cool - A year ago, we could never have imagined that such a workflow would work in this quality, even for free.
Unfortunately, only videos up to a length of 1 hour are currently supported, which leaves out many podcasts. On the other hand, almost all known languages are recognised (including German).
What is still missing is the recognition of different speakers (which could be used to extract dialogue from films, for example). One should also not forget that Whisper AI can also translate quite potently. This could also be used in this application for other use cases. But you know, you shouldn&t complain here, gift horse and all...
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