Did You Know You Can Search Within a YouTube Video?
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If you ever find yourself scrubbing through a YouTube timeline trying to find the exact moment of a punchline or a specific part of a tutorial, it can be time consuming and mind numbing. But if you’re a Chrome user, you can install a Chrome extension that takes all the hard work out of the process.

How to Search Within a YouTube Video

Chrome extension InVideo, which only works with the new version of YouTube, makes it easy to find the exact spot in any video with a simple search function:

  1. Navigate to the YouTube video you want to search.
  2. You should now see a green Open InVideo button directly beneath the video.
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  3. Click the button and a search field will open up to the right of the video. Type your search terms and click Search.
  4. You should see a list of instances when the term was used. Just click that button, and the video will jump to that time stamp where your search term shows up.

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You can also pull up the keywords from the video, which will appear as a word cloud, but for some reason these don’t appear to be the most used terms in the video.

The extension appears to use YouTube’s own closed captions 7 Best Tools for Managing Subtitles/CC on YouTube 7 Best Tools for Managing Subtitles/CC on YouTube Subtitles allow you to view content you otherwise wouldn't understand. YouTube Closed Captions help you better process what's being shown. We look at the most popular tools for dealing with subtitles on YouTube. Read More feature to pull the text, so any slight inaccuracies will be a result of that feature’s own shortcomings.

You’ll find that this is even more of an issue when dealing with videos that aren’t in English. Auto-generated subtitles in French for example, seem to be littered with mistakes, while the extension doesn’t support languages that do not use the Latin alphabet.

Do you find this extension useful? What scenarios do you find yourself wanting to find a specific spot in a video? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. Mathew Call
    December 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    On a computer, this can be done in any browser by simply opening the interactive transcript then using your browser's find on page search.