YouTube has a great built-in utility that can transcribe the spoken audio and generates automatic captioning, but unfortunately the support for the spoken languages is limited only to English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
In order to generate error free CC (Closed Captions) text, one needs a good quality microphone, to speak clearly and to avoid at all cost any background music. What amazes me is that lots of video clips for interviews, tutorials, webinars or just some funny clips have lots of errors between the CC and the spoken words and I would expect anyone who uploads a video clip in any of the supported transcription languages to check for errors and try to correct the text so that it will match what the speaker had said.
It is very easy to correct the transcription text. look for the (. . .) three dots button to the right of “Share” button. When you hover the mouse over it it says “More actions”. Click on it and a menu will open with several options to select from for example: Report, Transcription, Statistics, Add Translations. Selecting Transcription will show the text and the time stamp for each sentence or part of it.
Owners of the video clips can correct the text on the fly while playing the video clip. Save the text and now there is 100% synch between the CC and the spoken words.
There is another reason why the text must be corrected. In order to translate the transcription to other languages, it is obvious that the original text must be perfectly correct so that a professional translator or machine translation (using Google translation for example) can do a good job. It is also possible to copy > paste the transcription to notepad, save it as a file and then upload it using “Subtitle Edit” which is a free software application. Select the “Format” as YouTube Text. After the corrections, save the file as *.srt and upload it to YouTube. Subtitle Edit is also useful to translate the text to almost any languge using Auto-translate > Translate (Powered by Google). Save each file as *[language].srt and upload it to YouTube using the (. . .) More > Add translation.
We can offer video clips owners to correct the CC (Closed Captions) generated automatically by YouTube, if they are too busy to do it themselves, and create translated transcript in any language that Google Translation supports.
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