There are a ton of informative YouTube videos out there. When you’re watching one where you’re hoping to learn something; however, you have to take your own notes on the topic for later. Gnotes is an extension that can help with that.
When you’re watching a YouTube video you might want notes for, the Chrome extension can create those notes in real time.
Unlike a transcription app that would just transcribe the whole thing for you, Gnotes has you identify what parts of the video are important to you and then it creates notes specifically for that portion. For instance, maybe you watch a 15-minute video on how to do something, but you really just need information from the last few minutes written down.
The extension uses YouTube’s transcription feature to create the notes, so they’re not always perfect, but they can be helpful. Here’s a video explains how it works:
Notes are created as a Google Doc, that can then be edited. The notes it creates has a screenshot from the video to remind you what was happening, as well as a time stamp and link to get you back to exactly that point in the video if you need a little visual recap.
Notes can be downloaded as a Word file or a PDF and shared with others or saved to your phone or another device for easy access later on.
This is obviously not something you’re going to want or need to do for every video you watch, but for those where you need to write a few things down it can make that note-taking process go a lot easier.