How to Generate Automatic Notes from Video
Note-taking is an important part of research and learning for students, but taking notes from videos can be incredibly time-consuming.
Instead of focusing your attention on the video, you’re forced to either rush notes while watching or pause every minute just so you can jot everything down.
Not only is this an inefficient way to take notes, but it’s also a headache! Luckily, there are a number of ways you can transcribe notes from videos automatically.
Generate Notes from YouTube Transcript
Many YouTube videos already have transcripts you can use for your notes. This feature is quick and easy, but not every video will have a transcript. Only YouTube videos with closed captioning will work with this method of note generation. It’s also not the most accurate form of note generation. It is free though, and a good option if you are short on time or resources. Here’s how it’s done:
- Have the YouTube video you want to take notes on ready in your browser.
- Click on the ellipses (the three dots) and select “show transcript” at the bottom of the drop-down list. A transcription will automatically open to the right of the video.
- One useful feature of this method is that it matches the video timestamps with the transcript. If you want to go back to a part of the video you missed, you can simply click on a time stamp next to the segment of text you wish to hear.
- Highlight whatever text you want for your notes, then simply copy and paste the transcript into a document.
- If you want the timestamps removed when you copy and paste, click the three dots by the “X” button and hit “toggle timestamps” before copying and pasting.
Google Docs Voice Typing
This method requires you to have a Gmail or Google Drive account. Like most free video-to-text converters, it can’t perfectly transcribe your video. To get the best results from voice typing on Google Docs, make sure you’re using high-quality video that doesn’t have too much background noise.
- Open up Google Docs and click on “Tools” at the top bar, then hit “Voice Typing” in the drop-down menu.
- Play the video you wish to take notes from.
- Google Docs will record the audio from the video and convert it into text.
Use a Chrome Extension to Take Notes
There are hundreds of chrome extensions you can use for more efficient note-taking. There are two main categories you’ll find for note-taking extensions; extensions for taking notes on videos and extensions that claim to convert video to text. Google Keep is an example of a more traditional note-taking chrome extension that simply allows you to type your notes virtually and save time stamps on videos.
While these tools may be helpful, they don’t generate automatic notes for you. There are a lot of free YouTube video-to-text extensions out there, these apps tend to be prone to buggy or incomplete features, and they aren’t able to generate accurate text from accented speech or a lot of background noise.
Automatically Generate Notes with Maestra
Maestra is a software that allows you to automatically transcribe, caption, and voiceover your video in over 80 different languages. Even better, Maestra can convert video to text in minutes with accurate results.
You can create detailed notes or study guides for your next exam based on assigned videos, online lectures, and other audio. Maestra uses cutting-edge speech recognition software to get you the best possible results. Here’s how it works:
- Create an account on Maestra. Or try the free trial without signing up.
- Select our transcription tool and upload your video to convert it to text.
- Use our built-in editor to fine-tune and tweak your notes however you need.
- Save or send your completed transcription in your preferred file format. You can also share your project directly from Maestra’s website and upload it on other websites or platforms.
- Your notes are complete and ready for use, all in just a few minutes!
The Best Video-to-Text Solution
When it comes to the best way to automatically generate notes, it depends on the type of student you are. If you’re working on a one-off assignment that demands detailed notes, using Youtube or Google Doc’s free video-to-text features might work just fine for you. For the dedicated student who wants consistent, high-quality notes from videos and lectures, Maestra is the ideal choice. Not only does Maestra use industry-leading advanced software for the most accurate transcriptions possible, but it also allows you to edit and share your transcriptions. Our speed and quality are unmatched.
You can sign up for Maestra today for free now! Upgrade your plan for as little as $5 bucks a month to take your note-taking to a whole new level. Request a demo today to get in touch with our sales team.