Embarking on my YouTube journey, I was quickly faced with the challenge of creating captivating content. It's no surprise that the script is the backbone of any engaging video. Here's how I discovered a few effective ways to script my videos, making sure they resonate with my audience without reinventing the wheel.
1. The Power of Captions:
During my early days, I realized I could draw inspiration from successful YouTube videos. A simple trick? Downloading the captions from popular videos. This provided a foundation, a script of everything said in the video. The idea isn't to blatantly copy, but to use it as a starting point, paraphrasing to create original content. A successful video often indicates a topic of interest, so it's like having a head-start.
For instance, if I decided to talk about Bitcoin (an oversaturated topic which I use just for demonstration), I could fetch a video's transcript either directly through YouTube's 'show transcript' option on a video or by using websites like downloadyoutubesubtitles.com. With the script in hand, my next step was refining it.
2. Tools of the Trade: Paraphrasing Magic
After procuring a video script, I realized I needed to make it unique. To streamline this process, I stumbled upon Quillbot, a paraphrasing tool. While it does offer paid packages, its free version proved handy initially. By simply copying the downloaded script into Quillbot, it would provide a refreshed version of the content. While some adjustments were often necessary for fluidity, it saved me a ton of time.
3. The Article Inspiration:
While the caption method works wonders, my favorite approach is drawing inspiration from quality online articles related to my topic. If I decided to delve into 'Bitcoin Explained for Beginners', I'd look for comprehensive guides or articles on the subject. Once found, it's the same drill: I'd select sections of the article and run them through Quillbot to craft my unique script.
For example, when I stumbled upon an article about the history of Bitcoin, I didn't need the entire piece. Instead, I'd focus on a segment, like the early days of Bitcoin. Once paraphrased, I had a fresh script ready to be voiced over!
Of course, you could always use chat gpt to create high quality scripts for you in seconds as well now. If you’d like comprehensive guides on how exactly I do that, search YouTube for “Bryan Guerra YouTube Automation Playlist” and watch the tutorials in the playlist. They’re a gold mine of how-to’s (including several examples of how you can get chat gpt to do this for you easily).
Ultimately, video scripting isn't about starting from scratch but drawing from the vast resources available. Whether it's leveraging existing video captions or molding articles into a captivating narrative, these strategies have made content creation a breeze for me. And once the script is ready, voicing it becomes the exciting next step!