Create YouTube Chapters in Minutes — No Experience Required

July 2023


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Create YouTube Chapters in Minutes — No Experience Required

Using timestamps in the video description is a simple method to create chapters without using YouTube's built-in chapter feature. You don't need any additional setup or editing within YouTube Studio - it is as simple as generating a summary in Reduct, and pasting them into YouTube.

But wait, what exactly are YouTube chapters?

YouTube chapters allow creators to divide their videos into sections, making it easier for viewers to find and navigate to parts of a video on YouTube. Each chapter represents a different topic or segment within the video, and viewers can quickly jump to the sections they are interested in.

What's the right format for YouTube Chapters?

You can create YouTube chapters by adding specifically formatted timestamps to your video description. Timestamps consist of the minutes and seconds at which each chapter starts.

Here's the format you need to follow:

  • You need timestamps followed by the chapter title.

  • The first timestamp has to start at 0:00.

[Starting Timestamp in minutes:seconds] - Title of the chapter

An example YouTube timestamp:

0:00 - Introduction

1:20 - Chapter 1: What is a YouTube Chapter?

2:10 - Benefits of a YouTube Chapter

How to create YouTube chapters with Reduct?

1. Import your video from YouTube

Reduct UI to import YT video

You can easily import YouTube videos by copying the YouTube URL and pasting it on Reduct. Additionally, you can also upload your videos directly.

Once imported, you will start setting the transcription roll-in.

💡 Pro Tip: Reduct subtitles are far more accurate than auto-generated YouTube subtitles. Download the .srt file and upload it onto your YouTube video for better accuracy.

2. Click on the summarize button

Reduct UI to summarize YT Text

Once you have the entire transcription available, click on the summarize transcript button to get the summary of your videos within seconds, generated by AI. The summaries include the main ideas discussed in your video, with their corresponding timestamps. The timestamps let you jump to the specific section in the source video by clicking on them.

3. Convert them to the right format

Summary generated from Reduct

Take the summary generated on Reduct and use ChatGPT to convert it to a format that matches your brand value.

Example Prompt:

[Paste the Summary from Reduct]

Turn this into Youtube chapters format. Please use a friendly tone. Make sure each chapter name doesn't exceed 40 characters. [Optionally write me a description with 2 hashtags based on the summary.]

Check out my ChatGPT prompts to see it in action.

4. Add chapters to your video

Once you have the right format, just add them in the description field, type the title of the chapter, followed by the corresponding timestamp.

Example YouTube chapter:

timestamps added on YT.

Do Much More than create YouTube chapters with Reduct

You can get a headstart with Reduct to create chapters for your YouTube video.

On top of summarizing your YouTube video, Reduct offers a range of other features, such as:

🔍 Make your recordings searchable.

🎥 Edit video as easily as editing text

☁️ Create a collaborative cloud repository of your recordings.

Read more: Looking for ideas to do more with your YouTube videos? Learn how you can repurpose your long recordings into different social posts.

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