Are you looking for a simple way to automatically transcribe video/audio to text or create subtitles and closed captions for your YouTube videos or any other video? If you have a foreign movie clip and there are no subtitles on the internet for that movie clip, then this method might work. Or if you are making money by transcribing videos on Fiverr or Rev then this trick will make your life a lot easier. So in this article today I am going to share with you how to automatically transcribe video/audio to text, or how to create video subtitles easily.
Most guides on the internet suggest you write down the captions/subtitles manually. Some popular blogs even suggest, paying 5$ on Fiverr. And then there are companies like Rev, that are charging $1 for 1 minute of captions. We are living in the world of AI(Artificial Intelligence) and Still companies are charging for the product that can be done easily for free.
But guess what, you don’t have to do any of that. Right now, I’m using the same method to automatically transcribe Video/Audio to Text. And yes, It’s free. You don’t have to download any extra software. And it works for both Windows and Mac.
Now, this is cool. But do you know what’s awesome? Well, It also works with other languages than English. For instance Agar me Hindi me bolunga, tab bhi ye kaam karega. Although, to be honest, it’s still not 100% accurate. But if you speak clearly, you can easily achieve 80-90% accuracy. And then, you have to spend a minute or two to give the final touch.
Okay, so what’s the trick?
Well, like always, Google has a lot of tricks hidden in it selves. And one of those is the voice feature in Google Drive. Its default function is – You speak and Google will convert that into text. But if you try that, most of your word may not appear due to background noise. And you won’t get accuracy. But, what if it’s listening directly from the videos i.e. the output of your computer becomes the input for Google voice to text Sounds interesting.
Automatically Transcribe Video/Audio to Text | Create video subtitles easily
Let me show you the trick for both the Mac OS and Windows respectively.
1. Mac OS
This time, let’s start with Mac first. Most systems don’t let you record your computer audio Maybe that’s because of piracy or something. So, you will have to download a third-party software called soundflower. The steps are simple. Open any browser and download soundflower. Then unzip it and install it on your computer. Next, you need to tell Mac OS to use the output audio as input.
So go to sound settings. And set soundflower 2ch on both input and output. If are wondering what this 64 ch is for? Well, I don’t know either But, what I do know is it won’t work with this. So stick with 2ch on output and input. Now, fire up Google Chrome ( and yes, it only works in chrome) Open Google Docs, then Create a new document> Tools > Voice typing.
In another tab, open YouTube and play any video. Now come back to Google Drive. Select your accent and there start recording. And there you go.
Like I said, It also works with other languages So, let’s try Hindi. However, if you try to transcribe songs, it doesn’t work well because of background music. But if the song has no or little music then it works well.
Now, let’s try this on Windows. Go to your windows sound settings. And select recording device. And there you should see the stereo mix.
If you don’t see, right click and turn on Show disable devices. And then set Stereo mix, as default. Now, let’s check it. Open Chrome and create a new document in Google drive. Play a video > and start recording. Pretty cool right?
So this was the trick I wanted to share with you guys. Hope you liked this trick. If so, please share this post with your friends. Hope to see again in our next post how to fix cPanel loading problem after enabling Cloudflare. Bye.