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How to create a video transcript

Posted February 12, 2023
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Need to create a transcript of your video fast? Whether it's a YouTube video, interview, educational video, vlog, or product review, adding video captions can increase your engagement, make your video accessible and look professional.

With Clipchamp’s auto-captions feature, you can quickly edit and download your video’s personalized transcript in seconds in an endless array of languages. Your privacy is guaranteed with completely editable captions and downloadable SRT files.

Explore how to create and download your video transcript for free with Clipchamp.  

What is a video transcript?

A video transcript is a video-to-text transcription that can be downloaded as an SRT file and uploaded as an addition to your video on social media platforms like YouTube. Users can create video transcripts to make videos more accessible to viewers, for legal services, marketing purposes and even to turn their videos into blogs. 

How to create a video transcript 

To create a transcript from a video, Clipchamp’s auto-captions generator is required.

Step 1. Upload your video or record a video

Either upload a personal video to the editor or record directly inside the editor using our webcam recorder.

To upload your own media, click on the import media button in your media tab, drag and drop media from your files, or upload using our integrations.

Drag and drop your media onto the timeline.

Step 2. Use the auto-captions feature 

Click on the captions tab on the property panel, then click on the turn on auto-captions button.  

A caption language detection pop-up window will appear. Select the language that is used throughout your video. There are many languages available to choose from. You can look at the full list of languages here. Currently, we only support a single language for each video. You can also check the box to filter any profanity and offensive language. 

Next, click on the turn on auto-captions button.

Your transcript of everything said in your video will automatically appear overlayed on your video preview and in the property panel. Your video transcript will include capitalization and punctuation.

Step 3. Edit your transcript if required 

If you want to make any changes or updates to your video transcript, simply click on a word, then start typing to edit. You can also jump to specific times in your video by clicking on the timestamp.  

How to download a video transcript

If you want to upload your video to YouTube, you can also upload the SRT file to add your transcript to YouTube. Using this transcript will be far better quality than auto-generated transcripts on YouTube.

Click on the download captions (.srt) button

The SRT file will automatically download to your device.

Frequently asked questions

Are Clipchamp video transcripts free?

Yes. Clipchamp’s auto-captioning feature and video transcripts are free for all users to use and download.

Do video transcripts have a word limit?

No. Transcripts do not have a word limit. We recommend keeping videos to 10 minutes to reduce processing time.

Who can access the data for my video transcript?

No one has access to the data. Microsoft Automatic Speech Recognition involves no human intervention, meaning no one will have access to the audio at any time.

Clipchamp’s auto-captions with downloadable transcripts are one of the easiest ways to upgrade your videos on YouTube for free. Try it out today with Clipchamp’s online video editor. You can also add royalty-free audio tracks to your YouTube videos to enhance your content.

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