Friday, 20 May 2016

Intersection: YouTube transcripts and Find & Replace

For all my classes, I create video clips of my PowerPoint presentations, and upload them to YouTube. This means that students can double-check with the materials ...if they need to, or if they've missed something in class.

One thing that many people don't realise is that YouTube creates a transcript of everything that is uploaded. You can access the transcript by clicking the "more" and the three dots underneath (…) the video link, then selecting the transcript option from the pop-up menu.

The words of the transcript will show underneath that, which you can then copy (using Ctrl & C), and paste the transcript into MS Word.

However, the text that you paste into Word has a load of line breaks and transcription times. While this may be useful for analysis, it is not so useful if you just want to provide students with a script.

It can also take quite a long time if you have to go through in manually delete the times and the line breaks.

Recently, I posted an article on MS Word find and replace function. The find and replace function comes in useful here too, but you need to know the right codes to be able to get rid of the numbers and the breaks.

Using Word's find and replace function, the code to get rid of double-digit minute and second times, and line breaks is:

However, that will still leave you with all the single digit minute and second times, and line breaks. So you need to repeat the find and replace, using this code:

Then you should have just your words alone.

  • Reference: MS Office Support (n.d.). Find and replace text and other data in a Word document. Retrieved 25 February 2016 from


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