How To Summarize YouTube Videos Using AI

Last updated:
June 19, 2024

Artificial intelligence has revolutionized the way we process and digest information. With the advent of AI summarization tools, we now have an extremely powerful tool that can help us sift through reams of data and extract only the most important and salient points.

Read on to find out how you can harness the superpowers of an AI summarization tool to enhance both your professional and personal life.

What an AI summarize tool does

An AI summarizer is a powerful tool that can help simplify and condense long pieces of text into shorter summaries. It uses natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to identify the most important and relevant information in a given text. This can be incredibly helpful for individuals who may not have the time or energy to sift through lengthy documents, or who simply want to get to the heart of the matter quickly.

The system first identifies the most important parts of each sentence by analyzing factors such as the significance of individual words and phrases within that sentence. Having identified the most essential excerpts, the system then constructs a summary by combining them into a coherent, shortened version of the original text. The system does this by:

  • Identifying logical transitions and connectors to insert between excerpts, such as "moreover," "however," etc.
  • Ensuring grammatical correctness by standardizing verb tenses, pronouns and other elements across excerpts.
  • Reordering and restructuring excerpts as needed to produce a coherent flow of ideas.
  • Removing unnecessary words to produce a concise summary.
  • Limiting the summary to a pre-defined word or sentence count.

The resulting summary preserves the most salient points of the original text while being significantly shorter and easier to read at a glance.

Screenshot of a YouTube video by Folding Ideas titled "The Future is a Dead Mall – Decentraland and the Metaverse"

The importance of AI summarizers

An AI summarization tool is a valuable asset for anyone who needs to quickly and efficiently digest large amounts of information. The benefits of this technology are numerous, from saving time and energy to increasing productivity and improving decision-making. Additionally, AI summarize tools can be particularly useful for individuals who may struggle with reading comprehension or have difficulty with large blocks of text.

AI summarize tools are also useful for businesses and organizations that deal with large volumes of information on a regular basis. By using these tools, they can quickly and efficiently process large amounts of data, identify key trends and insights, and make informed decisions based on the information at hand.

In addition, AI summarizers can help to reduce information overload and improve productivity. Instead of spending hours reading through endless pages of text, individuals can simply input the document into the tool and receive a concise summary within seconds. This can free up time and mental energy for other tasks, ultimately leading to higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction.

In short, these tools represent a powerful solution for those looking to streamline their information processing and enhance their overall efficiency.

Hypotenuse AI summarize tool

The Hypotenuse AI summarizing tool is a game changer for those who are constantly reading long pieces of text or watching lengthy videos. With an expanded input field of up to 200,000 characters, the tool can quickly provide a condensed version of the content with improved accuracy. This means that you can save time and get the information you need in a fraction of the time it would take to read the full document.

For context, 200,000 characters is equivalent to ~28k to 40k words, or a 50-150 page book. Several world-famous novels fall within this word range:

  • George Orwell – Animal Farm (29,966 words)
  • Albert Camus – The Stranger (36,830 words)
  • C.S. Lewis – The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (38,421 words)

One of the most exciting features of the summarization tool is its ability to distill key ideas from YouTube transcripts. This means that you no longer have to sit through an entire three-hour video essay to get the main points. Simply drop the YouTube link into the tool and it will provide you with a concise summary of the content.

The AI tool is also capable of summarizing PDF documents, making it a great resource for professionals and businesses alike. Upload any PDF and get a summary of the key points in no time!

Using the summarizer

Using our AI summarize tool is easy. Here's how to do it:

Dropping a YouTube or web link

Dropping a YouTube or web link into the Hypotenuse AI Summarization Tool is a quick and easy method for generating a summary of lengthy videos and other content. Simply toggle to the “Add URL” tab and input the desired YouTube link. Once that's done, the tool's powerful AI will analyze the video's transcript and identify key ideas to highlight.

This method of summarization works best for:

  • Video essays
  • Talks & panel discussions
  • Seminars & courses
  • Lengthy web content

With the tool's concise summary, you can get the main points of the video in just a few short minutes. This makes it an ideal resource for content writers, researchers, and anyone else who needs to quickly get up to speed on a topic.

Uploading a file

The second method is uploading your file directly. Navigate to the “Use a file” tab and you will be prompted to upload a file from your computer. After uploading, the summarizer tool will read through the entire content of the file and generate a condensed version with the most vital details. The summarizer currently accepts PDF, DOCX and TXT files.

This method of summarization works great for:

  • Brand guides
  • Research papers
  • Case studies
  • Reports

The main benefit is that you get an instant, data-driven overview of the most pertinent facts from your document with minimum time and effort spent reading the entire document yourself.

Copy & Paste

You can also input your text directly.

This method is useful for when you have a piece of text that you want to quickly summarize without having to upload a file or YouTube link. Simply copy and paste the text into the input field, and the summarizer will do the rest.

This method of summarization is particularly useful for:

  • Text from multiple sources
  • Long emails
  • News & online articles
  • Blog posts

This method of copying and pasting text from different places is an effective way to summarize material collated from various sources.

Distilling a TED interview

For an example of how this tool can summarize a lengthy video, let's use a TED interview with best-selling author and historian Yuval Noah Harari titled "Yuval Noah Harari Reveals the Real Dangers Ahead". The interview is 1 hour long.

The AI tool is able to summarize the main ideas from the YouTube transcript of the talk (automatically retrieved through the YouTube link):

  • Harari argues that humans have an ability to tell and believe fictional stories which allows for large-scale human cooperation.
  • While material conditions are better than ever historically, many people feel left out of the future story being told by tech elites. They sense that the future doesn't need them.
  • Technology is increasingly able to replace humans and the new jobs will require high skills, leaving many behind.
  • Technology is not showing signs of sentience or consciousness, which are the most important questions. Humans are the only things capable of love, joy and creativity.
  • Humanity faces threats like climate change and nuclear war but lacks a common story for global cooperation.
  • Humanity is in a race to "hack" itself through technology but individuals must also get to know themselves to stay ahead of corporations and governments.
  • Replacing anger with bewilderment can help avoid simplistic solutions and populism, while humility can foster learning across ideological divides.

In just a few sentences, the tool is able to distill the essence of Harari's main arguments from the 60-minute talk, saving the viewer considerable time. The summary points clearly and concisely capture the key ideas presented in the video.

How to get access to Hypotenuse AI's summarize tool

You can try our summarize tool for free by following 5 simple steps below:

Step 1: Head to Hypotenuse AI and hit the purple “Try for free” button.

Hypotenuse AI homepage

Step 2: Sign up for free Hypotenuse account, or hit “Continue with Google” to sign up using your Google account. If you already have a Hypotenuse account, simply log in as you normally would.

Step 3: Complete email verification by clicking on the “Verify email” button sent to your inbox.

Step 4: Fill in the necessary fields to complete your onboarding.

Step 5: Go to Documents, then select "Summarize content" from Templates, or click on the tool card on your dashboard. You're in!

An AI summarizer can really make a difference. Sign up for a free Hypotenuse account to experience it for yourself.

Content Writer
Alex is a seasoned writer responsible for creating valuable, well-researched content for various industries like tech and ecommerce.

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