If You Watch Lectures on YouTube, You Need This Chrome Extension
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YouTube is easily one of richest places to find free entertainment online. But it’s also a treasure trove of educational videos, which is something awesome that a lot of people miss out on.

If you use YouTube to watch lectures (and you’re missing out on some good stuff if you don’t), then you’ll adore the Chrome extension BriefTube. It breaks YouTube lectures down into chapters so you can watch get a quick overview of what to expect and jump around the parts that are important to you.

To use the extension, you’ll need to head to this page and download it. Once installed, you’ll see an icon on the top right of your browser windows.

Now, just head to a YouTube video and click the extension’s button. It will load for a few seconds and then generate the information you want.


Everything is broken down into three categories, each with useful features:

  • Commonly used words.
  • Table of contents.
  • Search.

It should be noted that the extension relies on closed captions in order to generate its tables of contents. If the video doesn’t have CC support, it will use Google’s automatically generated ones, and as we’ve talked about before, the results of those can be rather hilarious (and incorrect).

As such, you can use the extension with any video, but the reason it works so well for lectures is that they almost always have native closed captions that are actually correct.

Do you know of any other awesome YouTube Chrome extensions we should try? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    August 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Interesting extension, seems like it can read and organize the captions of tube videos!

    There is also one chrome extension TurboNote (can be found in Chrome web store as TurboNote beta) can make users take and share notes while watching online videos, it can support lots of popular video sites, like Youtube, Netflix, Vimeo, Dailymotion ... and lots of Mooc's (Massive open online courses) sites, like Coursera, Edx, Ted, Udemy, Lynda and many more. A good tool for students and educators.

  2. Anonymous
    July 29, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Every day I spend 2 hours on youtube. I am definitely going to use this extention