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How to Summarize Videos Using AI: A Comprehensive Guide

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In this article, I want to showcase AI tools for creating summaries from YouTube videos. These AI tools can quickly summarize a video's content so you don't have to watch the entire thing. I'll demonstrate how to use these AIs to rapidly extract the main points from videos.

How to summarize a YouTube video with AI in 2024

AI Tools for Video Summarization

Video summaries can save time, help you grasp key points quickly, and allow you to decide if watching the full video is worthwhile.

I will use these four popular AI tools:

  • ChatGPT

  • Claude

  • Google Gemini

  • Perplexity

How to Use Each Tool

How to summarize a video with ChatGPT

ChatGPT now has internet access, making it easier to summarize videos directly.

  • Open the website https://chatgpt.com/ and register there.

  • Copy the video link from YouTube.

  • Ask ChatGPT to "Summarize the video" along with the link.

  • If needed, ask for additional information to get a more comprehensive summary.

It usually works immediately out of the box, but sometimes, if the video is new, it could show an error. In this case, please follow the steps to get the summary from the transcript.

How to summarize the video with ChatGPT
How to summarize the video with ChatGPT

How to summarize a video with Claude

Create an account on the https://claude.ai/ website to get access to AI.

Claude doesn't have direct internet access, so you cannot just pass the link to the video; you need to pass a transcript.

How to summarize the video with Claude
How to summarize the video with Claude

How to Get a Transcript from YouTube Video

  1. Open the video on YouTube.

  2. Click on the "Show Transcript" button below the video description.

    "Show Transcript" button
    "Show Transcript" button
  3. Copy the entire transcript.

    Copy the entire transcript.
    Copy the entire transcript.
    1. Paste the transcript into Claude and ask it to summarize it.

      Claude
      Claude

    How to summarize a video with Google Gemini

    If you haven't registered yet, go to https://gemini.google.com/ and register there. Gemini performs very well with video summarization without needing extra steps. It also works well with new videos.

    1. Copy the video link

    2. Ask Gemini to summarize the video and provide the link.

    3. Gemini will generate a detailed summary without extra steps.

      How to summarize the video with Google Gemini
      How to summarize the video with Google Gemini

    How to summarize a video with Perplexity AI

    Visit https://www.perplexity.ai and register there. Perplexity offers the most detailed summaries but doesn't work with newly added videos.

    1. Copy the video link

    2. Ask Perplexity to summarize the video and provide the link

    3. Perplexity will generate a comprehensive summary

      How to summarize the video with Perplexity AI
      How to summarize the video with Perplexity AI

    Conclusion

    Based on the comparison in the video, I’ll rank these tools in the following order:

    1. Perplexity

    2. Google Gemini

    3. ChatGPT

    4. Claude

    Each tool has its strengths, and the best choice may depend on your specific needs and the video content you're summarizing.

    Try these tools and see which works best for you! Don’t forget to share your favorite in the comments! 

    Cheers!

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