What is this tool?
While researching your niche, you'll likely want to make a list of videos from popular channels for inspiration. Using this tool, you easily can do just that!
The tool allows you to import any channel's videos, mark, sort, and build lists of them, and copy the video lists to a spreadsheet. It will also keep track of the videos you've already reviewed between uses.
How do I use it?
To begin, open Google Chrome and install Copy HTML. Then, open the desired YouTube channel's videos page and press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C to copy the videos to the clipboard. Then open this tool and click Paste. The channel's videos will be scanned and listed for selection.
From there, you can select and star videos, mark videos as reviewed, and you can view a table of the starred videos that can be easily copied and pasted into a spreadsheet such as Excel, Sheets, or Notion.
What does marking a video as reviewed do?
Marking a video as reviewed hides it from the current list of videos. This means if you import videos from a channel at a later time, they'll remain hidden. This allows you to only see the videos you haven't reviewed yet.
What does starring a video do?
Star the videos that you'd like to use for inspiration for your own content. You can view a table of these videos later on (by selecting Collect mode).
What are Review and Collect modes?
These buttons quickly configure the tool for the desired activity. In Review mode, the tool is configured to show unreviewed videos, where you can then review and star them. In Collect mode, the tool will show all reviewed and starred videos in a table so they can be copied to the clipboard and pasted into a spreadsheet.
Why are video dates slightly off?
When scanning a channel's videos, the only information the tool can glean is how old the video is (such as 2 years old). YouTube is rounding these numbers. However, using this information, a rough estimate can be made of a video's publish date.
What are the ratings and star percentages for?
It's helpful to know how many videos you've starred for a channel in relation to how many you've reviewed. That can tell you how strong a fit a channel is for your own niche. For example, if you're starring most of a channel's videos, then it's likely a great fit.
To this end, a percentage of the starred videos is shown (only applies to videos marked as reviewed), and a rating is shown: Poor, Fair, Good, or Great (based on segments of 25%).
What are star suggestions?
This is an experimental feature that uses AI to automatically suggest which videos to star for your desired niche. You can specify the niche and topics to avoid in Star Suggestion Settings.
You will need to provide your OpenAI API key to use this feature. Use at your own risk.
How do I see the videos I've reviewed and starred in the past? I can't see them!
The only way to view your reviewed and starred videos is to first import them from a channel. Otherwise, too much video data would need to be stored locally in your browser.
This tool isn't really designed to be a database, it's more for sorting. To back up all of your reviewed and starred videos, I recommend toggling Collect mode and copying your videos to a spreadsheet like Excel, Sheets, or Notion.
Where is my reviewed video data stored?
Your data is stored in the browser on the current device. The only things stored locally are the video IDs and timestamps when they were reviewed/starred. This means clearing the browser cache will erase all review data.
Storage is limited to 5MB of data. Marking each video (reviewed or starred) stores approx 28 bytes, which means your browser can hold data for about 178,571 videos. That equates to a lot of videos, but I feel it's worth mentioning that there is a limit. Consider alternative video sorting solutions if you intend to exceed this limit.
How can I back up my review data?
Reviewed and starred video data can be exported by opening Data and clicking the Copy button. The data can then be saved to a file and imported at later time. Use this feature to import data to a different browser or device.
Can I use the keyboard to select, star, and mark videos as reviewed?
Yes, you can. Keyboard navigation speeds up the review process considerably. Open Shortcuts at the bottom of the page to see a list of the available keyboard shortcuts.
In addition, there are keyboard shortcuts available for controlling video playback. These shortcuts are listed in the video popup.
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