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Show HN: VidDistill – Automated YouTube Video Summarization Using Captions (vid-distill.herokuapp.com)
69 points by rkindi 9 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 16 comments



You could add some sample output for some sample video, to give an idea what to expect.

Now I have to think and find some video link myself, only for testing. Which I am too lazy for, so I just skip that and might then forget about your great idea ;-)


That's a really good point. I'll update the site to have a default video in the text field so that you can have a quick and easy way to test the site without thinking about a video you want to try.

In the meantime, I've compiled some URLs that you can paste into the text field!

Where's Google going next? | Larry Page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mArrNRWQEso

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxbCHn6gE3U

The Art of Letting Go | The Minimalists | TEDxFargo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7rewjFNiys

Thanks for the feedback!


Update (copied from elsewhere on this comment thread): I've added a button that loads in a random URL (from a small set of TED talks) so that it's easier to test the app out quickly.


Hey - I tried it with this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhVQf2ucKhs) at the default percentage and it just seems to pull, what appear to be, a few words from the video. What should the expectations be?

Overall it's a great idea if it can generate a useful/consumable summary.


Hey, thanks for trying the app out!

The reason the link you provided isn't working is because there aren't English automated or manual captions for the video. https://imgur.com/a/aNNvS I'll try and clarify this in the about section as soon as I can.

I recommend trying it out with some of your favorite TED talks that have manual or automated captions in English. With some of the ones I've tried, with the default length reduction setting, I usually get a <= 5-minute output from a ~ 20-minute video.


Update: I've added the clarification about the English automatic or manual captions on the main page of the app. In addition, I added a button that loads in a random URL (from a small set of TED talks) so that it's easier to test the app out quickly.


Hi everyone! I just wanted to leave a comment saying that if you're curious about how the service works, I've included an about page: https://vid-distill.herokuapp.com/about.html

Furthermore, you can check out the code on my GitHub: https://github.com/rkindi/vidDistill

Unfortunately, this is the first time I've ever tried to deploy something to Heroku, so I must admit, the quality of my code could be better. I appreciate any feedback I can get!


This is very interesting and, as someone currently working in political reporting/summarising, also terrifying!

Good thing I can code.


Coolest A/V project I've seen in a while! You can bump up the playback speed in the youtube player to compress temporally even more.

Definitely put in a "Click Here to Try A Sample Video" as others suggested.


Thank you! I appreciate the kind words.

Another big thing I've put on my todo list (in addition to a "Click Here to Try A Sample Video" button) is a section where you can rate the quality of the summarization out of 5 stars. That way I can go back and identify the videos that don't work well with the service and see what I can do to improve the quality of those summarizations.

Update: Done (with one item on that todo list)! I've added a 'Random' button that loads in a random URL (from the small set of 3 TED talks I posted elsewhere in this thread) so that it's easier to test the app out quickly.


Nailed it, at least for the video I watched. Rahimi's NIPS Test of Time Award was swiftly condensed into a few minutes of magic, with all the other side-commentary swept away. Amazing work! Any details on how you did it?



I feel like I'm missing something. I can't figure out what the use of something like this is: https://i.imgur.com/7kJCn8u.png


nice work! fyi I made a YT video summary to PDF tool years ago. I made it to create print outs of 'how to' and exercise videos that have many steps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-7JCg5fGho


So basically it's just smmry.com but feeds it from youtube captions


In the demo you can playback the video segments as a playlist. It worked well with some of the TED talks I tried.




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