Often enough your client may need a transcript for a long video or workshop.
Not everyone needs or wants a transcript, and it does cost a lot to produce transcripts for everything. In the past we've had AI driven transcripts, but they too have been untidy and it requires a lot of tidying up.
However, Chat GPT is different.
Learn how to use Chat GPT and YouTube to create a superb, accurate and very context-driven transcript for just about anything.
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Recently, we had a meet up in Frankfurt.
We had decided that we were only going to meet 15 people and right in the city, right in the heart of Frankfurt, at the Amaran Hotel, those 15 people showed up. And the reason why we have 15 people is because that gives us enough time to meet everyone and have a chat with everyone if possible. One of the people that showed up early was Marc. A lot of the products that we put out are in a text format.
Some of it is like this in audio. And some portions are in video. Marc had been watching the video and he wanted the transcript and very few people require a transcript but Marc was one of them. He wrote to me, he asked me for it and you know it just got such a lot to have transcripts and so few people use them that we announced in advance that there will be no transcripts for videos or for very long workshops or audios.
And it's a form of bureaucracy, but it's also a form of understanding where to allocate your resources in this case monetary resources. So we don't have those transcripts. But that didn't stop Marc. He told me quite excitedly that he'd found a service that transcribed videos and that his problem was solved and that I didn't have to bother about the transcription anymore.
At that moment in time, there were a lot of people and I didn't make a note of the service because I thought I'll just get to Mark later. But I didn't. We got on a plane to Vancouver, back to New Zealand and almost the month has passed and today I was listening to a podcast.
And I thought wow this is the perfect ending for a book that I'm writing which is on talent so I wanted to tell that story and put it at the end of the book but I would have to transcribe all of it and I was in Mark's shoes at this moment in time but the world has I've changed so much in the last few months that I thought, wait, maybe there is a solution. Maybe there is a solution that already exists.
So I went on YouTube.
I looked for the story and sure enough, there it was. And as you probably know, YouTube transcribes everything. There's an auto transcript. If the speaker is clear enough and slowing off, then YouTube will transcribe it for you. And there are little buttons there which says show transcript and then if you look at the top on the right hand side there are three little dots and you can see the entire transcript and then copy the transcript. You have to select all of it and you copy the transcript.
Now this is where the problem begins because that transcript is line by line by line and it could go on forever. you have to read it that way and it's not easily readable. When we write whatever we do, we use paragraphs because paragraphs are a form of, you know, this group of letters and words and then there is a space and then the next paragraph. This line by line by line, it just makes the eye have to jump so much. So it's really unreadable. Anyway, I had tools.
I have a software which have used for many years called TextSoap.
And if you take it into TextSoap and you just run into TextSoap, it'll put all the lines together, it'll tidy up everything. And it did. But there was another problem. When it did the transcription, All the eyes, as in I went to school, I did this and I did that. They were all the other glitches all in the text. So I took it to another stuff where it was where it was. And when I posted it in grammarly.com, it said there are no errors. Which was annoying because it hadn't fixed all of those quite obvious errors that were in the text.
And I don't know why it was not doing it, but it wasn't. So I went to chat GPT and I said, “I've got a little problem for you. I've got this text. Can you clean it up for me?” And yeah, I posted it in chat GPT. Guess what happened? You know what happened, don't you? It tied it up everything.
And it even understood the context. In this story, this guy talks about a concept called “Tix” as in “TICS”, which are little annoyances. And when we had the transcript, the transcript that came from YouTube, the spelling of text was TICS. But chat GPT understood that there was a difference between TIX and TICS. It understood the context.
It cleared up all of the text and it cleared up all the errors in the spelling and all the context issues.
And there you had it. You had the entire sequence. So let me Let me go over it again. I went to YouTube. I looked for a show transcript. When I clicked on that, what you get is copy transcript. You copy selected and you go right to the bottom. You then skip all the steps that I took and go straight to chat GPT and tell chat GPT to fix it.
Now there's a word limit on chat GPT, I think. And therefore I had to cut on half of it and then do the second half, but it did it in a couple of minutes. Now this is useful for many reasons. The first is it gets the spellings right. It gets the context right. But also what's happening is that if you've got a podcast and say you can't to do transcripts for all of it.
Maybe you don't write a script. Sometimes we write a script sometimes I just do it ad hoc like I'm doing right now. What I could do is in host it on YouTube, get the transcript and go through this whole chat GPT routine. And let's say you have a series of products like we did and we don't want the public to see it.
Well, you can still post it on YouTube privately. And then when you done, what you've got is all of your transcript and you can get the video of YouTube and you're done. And that's kind of how this whole routine was very quick, very efficient and very contextual for me and I think it will be for you as well. We're all unsure where AI is going But in this case, it saved me a lot of time.
I had the resources, they didn't work, and AI fixed it for me. So there you go. Try it for yourself. I'm so glad that Marc brought it up and I know, even in this transcript, I will have to fix it because it'll go in spell Mark as MARK and it is MARC.