May 14, 2024

Descript tutorial for beginners: 6 steps to get started

Hit the ground running with this Descript tutorial. Import, edit, and publish your audio or video project with the intuitive text-based editor.
May 14, 2024

Descript tutorial for beginners: 6 steps to get started

Hit the ground running with this Descript tutorial. Import, edit, and publish your audio or video project with the intuitive text-based editor.
May 14, 2024
Bani Kaur
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Descript is one of the easiest audio and video editing tools for beginners. We're definitely biased, but we're also right. Here's why:

  • You get multiple media creation features in one place: audio and video editing, screen recording, and transcriptions. This means you don’t have to context-switch or multitask across tools. 
  • Descript’s AI-powered features automate menial tasks (like generating transcripts) so you start with the good part—creation. 
  • Advanced functions like multi-track recordings, filler word removal, and speaker identification happen automatically, so you don't need to know a lot to get started.

In this article, we explain how to use Descript to make the most of these features and start building your dream project. 

Descript in a nutshell

You start out in the Drive View where you can begin a new project or continue an existing one. Here, you manage your projects, teams, and subscriptions. 

Screenshot of the Drive view

The Drive view has three key sections: 

1. Project Panel: you can create new projects or jump back into existing ones here. Move, rename, or delete projects and adjust project access to keep everything organized. 

2. The Sidebar: you can switch between drives, purchase new drives, invite team members, and access different tabs in the drive: 

  • Projects: view all the projects you have access to.
  • Quick recordings: view all recordings you make with the Quick recorder (Descript's stand-alone recorder for recordings on the fly).
  • AI speakers: view the custom AI voices you can access to generate speech just by typing.
  • Templates: if you're on a Pro drive or other paid subscription, this is where you can create custom templates that you can use to speed up your workflow.
  • Workspaces: storage areas on your drive. When you add projects to a Private workspace, you can control who gets acces to them. 

3. Search bar: At the top of the Drive view, you can search for projects, customize your App settings, and manage your subscriptions and teams.

Once you’ve clicked on a project, it’ll open in the Editor—your audio-visual hub. You can edit every aspect of your project here. 

Overview of the panels in Descript

Here are six things you can do in the Editor:

  1. If you make changes to your transcript, they automatically get applied to your audio and video as well. For example, if you cut out a section from the transcript, it's removed from the entire composition (unless you choose otherwise). This way you don’t spend hours cleaning up transcripts only to repeat the same processes with audio and video files. You can also add AI-generated audio and comments in the Script Editor and access project actions and search features from the Action bar.
  2. With the Scene Rail in the left margin, you can move and adjust scenes like slides in a presentation. 
  3. You can use the Canvas to arrange and adjust the visuals of your scene. 
  4. Your composition will show up on the Timeline, where you can adjust your script's word alignment and make fine edits to your media.
  5. You can view and adjust the properties of almost everything you select in your project (compositions, scenes, tracks, and visuals) from the Properties panel
  6. The App bar is where you can manage the compositions in your project as well as access the Media Library, Recorder, Text, Shapes, and Templates. You can also publish or export your composition, provide project access to collaborators, and access settings and preferences.
📺 Watch a webinar: Descript for Beginners

Descript tutorial: 6 steps to get started

You can start using Descript almost instantly upon installing it. It’s straightforward, intuitive, and newbie-friendly. 

1. Download & install Descript

It’s easy to install Descript for both Mac and Windows users. 

MacOS users can follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Download the Descript Installer for Mac.
  • Step 2: Once you’ve downloaded the .zip file to your computer, unpack it. Then double-click the installer app to begin installing Descript. If you’re prompted to confirm opening the file, click Open.

Descript installer confirmation dialog box
  • Descript will start installing the app—taking anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, depending on your internet speed.
  • Step 3: When the download is complete, sign in or create an account to begin using Descript.

Windows users can follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Download the Descript Installer for Windows.
  • Step 2: Once the .zip file has been downloaded to your computer, click to unpack it. Then, double-click the installer app to launch and begin installation.

Descript Windows installer status box
  • Step 3: Once the download is complete, sign in or create an account. After that, you can start using Descript.

2. Create a project

Now that you’ve downloaded Descript and signed in, you can start working on your projects. 

Create a project either from your Drive View or while working in an open project.

To create a new project from the Drive view, click on the + New button and choose the type of project you'd like. 

Screenshot showing highlighting the new project button on the Drive view

To create a new project from inside an existing one, select the D logo in the top left corner.

Then, click on File > New > New project.

Pro tip: use Command+N or Ctrl+N as a shortcut anytime you want to create a new project. 

Screenshot of Descript project with numbered steps showing how to create a project


3. Start recording, or import a file

To create, edit, or collaborate in Descript, you can record directly or import a file. 

Follow these steps to start an audio recording: 

  1. Click the Record button to open the Record panel at the top of the editor. 
  2. Select Audio only.
  3. Adjust your recording settings by clicking the gear icon. Click here for more information on recording settings.
  4. Choose your recording inputs by clicking on either the computer audio icon or microphone icon. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded on separate tracks.
  5. Click the sliders icon for settings and decide if you want to enable Studio Sound or transcription. (You can also apply these after recording) If you are using an audio interface and recording multiple microphone, you can enable Record separate audio tracks for each external input.
  6. If you'd like, add speaker labels by typing them in the text box next to your inputs. 

Screenshot showing steps for setting up multitrack audio recording in Descript.


Record into script

You can find this setting in video compositions, and use it to add your recording to the script. In general, keep Record into script enabled if you intend to transcribe and script edit the recording. Turn it off if you just need to record background audio.

Record your audio

1. Choose one of the three recording options from the dropdown in the bottom right corner of the recording panel:

  • Record into script: this will add your recording to your script track
  • Replace selection: this option will show up when you highlight a section of your script before opening the record panel and will replace the script selection. Learn more about Replace selection.
  • Record new layer: add your recording as an audio layer. If you haven't recorded anything yet, you'll want to record into script first.

2. Click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.

3. Press the stop icon or timer button to end the recording.

Screenshot showing steps for stopping a recording

Editing individual tracks of a multitrack recording

If you’ve enabled multiple inputs, your recorded tracks will be put into a multitrack sequence. You can edit the individual tracks from the sequence editor.

  1. Right-click your sequence in the timeline or in the script.
  2. Choose Edit sequence.

Screenshot showing how to open a sequence in the sequence editor

You can follow these steps to start a video recording:

  1. Click the Record button and to open the Record panel at the top of the editor. 
  2. Select Camera.
  3. Click the gear icon and make adjustments to your recording settings as needed. Click here to learn more about recording settings.
  4. Choose your recording inputs by clicking on either the computer audio icon or microphone icon. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded on separate tracks.
  5. Click the sliders icon for settings and decide if you want to enable Studio Sound, transcribe, or record separate audio tracks.
  6. If you'd like, add speaker labels by typing them in the text box next to your inputs. 

screenshot showing steps for setting up a video recording in Descript

 Record your video

1. Choose one of the three recording options from the dropdown in the bottom right corner of the recording panel:

  • Record into script: this will add your recording to your script track
  • Replace selection: this option is available when you highlight a section of your script before opening the record panel and will replace the script selection. Learn more about Replace selection.
  • Record new layer: add your recording as a video layer. If you haven't recorded anything yet, you'll want to record into script first.

2. Click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.

3. Press the stop icon to end the recording.

Multitrack recordings

If you recorded computer audio or enabled record separate audio tracks, each input will be recorded on separate tracks and put into a multitrack sequence. You can edit the individual tracks from the Sequence editor. Learn more about sequences or using the Sequence editor.

You can also record remote interviews in Descript via SquadCast. You can learn more about that here

4. Transcribe your audio

Descript gives you accurate, multilingual, and near-instant transcription. The AI-powered mechanism works with your needs with features such as speaker labeling and overdubbing

There are a few ways you can automatically transcribe a file in Descript:

  • Add them to your script. Drag and drop the file into the Script editor, or select + to the left of the script and choose File.
  • If you’ve imported a file directly into your Media library, select the three dots to the right of the file’s name and click on Transcribe file.
  • When creating a sequence or adding files to a sequence from the sequence editor.

Note: Split files longer than 15 hours into smaller segments before uploading them for transcription. This prevents performance issues and ensures you get your transcription quickly. 

5. Edit your script like a doc

Editing is how you get every scene and every word to work harder for you. Descript eliminates the time you’d spend manually deleting filler words, correcting the transcript, and delineating speakers. 

Let’s look at them one by one:

1. Remove filler words

All filler words appear with a light blue underline in the Script editor so you can review and remove them. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the Action bar (magnifying glass icon).
  2. Choose Remove filler words…

Steps to select the Action bar and choose Remove filler words from the menu.


Alternatively, you can find and remove filler words by looking for them with the search tool.

In the sidebar, you’ll see a list of all the detected filler words and can choose what to do with them. 

Screenshot showing different options for removing or changing detected filler words.


Essentially, you can preview each section with a filler word and edit it in one of four ways:

OptionWhat it does
DeleteRemove both the text and the audio.
Delete and replace with gapA gap clip (a period of silence) will replace the deleted script content.
IgnoreStrikethrough the text in the script while removing the audio. This is helpful when you want to review the filler words you’ve removed. It’s also easy to bring them back if you change your mind.
Remove from transcriptRemove the filler word or phrase only from the script without affecting the audio.

2. Delete text

With Delete, you can non-destructively remove both the script content and associated media. Just highlight a section of script, and press Delete (macOS) or Backspace (Windows).

Gif showing deleting text from the transcript

3. Ignore script content

When you choose Ignore script content, Descript will strike through the text or wordless media without removing it. 

This is useful when you’re iterating and experimenting with your media—before the final edit. 

To ignore text, highlight a section of script, and press Command + Delete (macOS) or Control + Backspace (Windows).

Gif showing ignoring script content in the transcript

‎After ignoring a word or section in your script, you can hover over the ignored script and choose to Restore it back into the script or Delete it.

Restoring or deleting ignored script content

Keep in mind:

  • Deleted script won’t appear in an exported text file or published page.
  • Ignored text can be included in an exported transcription.
  • Ignored text won’t appear in subtitles or published media.

4. Correct the transcript 

You can use three hotkeys for quick edits to your transcript:

  • Hold down Z and click a word to toggle capitalization on or off.
  • Hold down X and click a word to cycle through a space, comma, or period.
  • Highlight text and press C to correct text; pressing C enables the correction tool if text is not selected.

5. Correct text mode

Descript also has a special mode for users who want to focus exclusively on correction called Correct text mode, which will outline your script in blue while correcting. 

While working in Correct text mode, you can make corrections to your script without affecting the underlying media.

The Script editor while Correct text mode is active

To enter this mode, you can press the keyboard shortcut Option + C (macOS) or Alt + C (Windows).

6. Delineate speakers

The speaker label helps you distinguish different parts of your script and recorded media. Speakers are essential for generating AI speech and are copied with their associated media to paste into different projects

Descript detects speakers and automatically applies speaker labels in your recorded media so you don’t have to add them manually. Learn more here

When you need to manually add speakers, follow these steps:

1. Click in the script where you want to add a speaker label.

2. You have two ways you can add a speaker label:

  • Type @ on your keyboard.
  • At the top of your script, select Actions…, type speaker, and choose Insert speaker label.

3. Choose or create a speaker:

  • Create a new speaker: Type their name, and select Create speaker.
  • Use an existing label: Select from your previously added speaker labels.
  • Add an AI speaker: Pick from your AI speakers or choose one of our AI Stock speakers.

Screen recording for adding a speaker label into your script.

You can also add a speaker on a blank line by clicking the icon with three horizontal dots (…) > Add speaker label.

Screenshot with numbered steps for adding a speaker label to a blank line.

6. Export your project

Congratulations on finishing your project! At this point, you have multiple options to export it to other tools or publish it directly. You can:

Select Publish in the top-right corner of the main editor to export or publish a composition. 

You can choose between two tabs in the Publish menu:

  • The Export tab allows you to export a file to your computer.
  • The Publish tab gives you the option to publish your composition directly online to various hosting platforms.

Publishing panel with highlighting export and publish tab with red rectangle

It's much faster to download your published content as a local audio or video file than to export it. 

Descript: The easiest way to get started creating audio and video content

Descript gives newcomers a head start—you don’t need to learn multiple apps, workflows, or setting combinations. You don’t even need fancy gadgets. Descript has features like:

  • Studio Sound: to remove background noise and echo so your recordings have a studio-like feel.
  • AI Actions: to remove retakes, edit for clarity, and even turn into blog post.
  • Overdub: to replace awkward or incorrect speech with AI cloning. 
  • Green Screen: to remove or swap out video backgrounds.
  • Social Clips: to find and highlight your best moments.

Want to try them out yourself? Sign up now.

FAQ

What can I do with Descript?

With Descript, you can create and edit podcasts, videos, audio tracks, and transcripts in one place. You can also use Descript to publish your edited content across various hosting platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. 

Is Descript good for video editing?

Descript is a great choice for video editing, particularly for creators who value streamlined, text-based editing. You can use it to edit video by editing the transcript—an excellent choice for dialogue-heavy projects. Descript also includes features such as screen recording, multi-track editing, and automatic subtitles to help creators manage multiple tasks in one place. 

How do you transcribe using Descript?

To transcribe using Descript, upload your audio or video file to the platform, and Descript will automatically convert it to text. Alternatively, select the Options menu (three dots icon) to the right of the file’s name, and select Transcribe file.




Bani Kaur
Bani is a B2B SaaS writer for AI, Marketing, Sales, and Fintech brands. She specializes in interview-based writing for brands like Supermetrics, CXL, and Klaviyo. When you don't find her typing away at her laptop (or scribbling in her notebook), she's probably in the ocean, scuba diving with majestic manta rays.
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Descript tutorial for beginners: 6 steps to get started

Descript is one of the easiest audio and video editing tools for beginners. We're definitely biased, but we're also right. Here's why:

  • You get multiple media creation features in one place: audio and video editing, screen recording, and transcriptions. This means you don’t have to context-switch or multitask across tools. 
  • Descript’s AI-powered features automate menial tasks (like generating transcripts) so you start with the good part—creation. 
  • Advanced functions like multi-track recordings, filler word removal, and speaker identification happen automatically, so you don't need to know a lot to get started.

In this article, we explain how to use Descript to make the most of these features and start building your dream project. 

Descript in a nutshell

You start out in the Drive View where you can begin a new project or continue an existing one. Here, you manage your projects, teams, and subscriptions. 

Screenshot of the Drive view

The Drive view has three key sections: 

1. Project Panel: you can create new projects or jump back into existing ones here. Move, rename, or delete projects and adjust project access to keep everything organized. 

2. The Sidebar: you can switch between drives, purchase new drives, invite team members, and access different tabs in the drive: 

  • Projects: view all the projects you have access to.
  • Quick recordings: view all recordings you make with the Quick recorder (Descript's stand-alone recorder for recordings on the fly).
  • AI speakers: view the custom AI voices you can access to generate speech just by typing.
  • Templates: if you're on a Pro drive or other paid subscription, this is where you can create custom templates that you can use to speed up your workflow.
  • Workspaces: storage areas on your drive. When you add projects to a Private workspace, you can control who gets acces to them. 

3. Search bar: At the top of the Drive view, you can search for projects, customize your App settings, and manage your subscriptions and teams.

Once you’ve clicked on a project, it’ll open in the Editor—your audio-visual hub. You can edit every aspect of your project here. 

Overview of the panels in Descript

Here are six things you can do in the Editor:

  1. If you make changes to your transcript, they automatically get applied to your audio and video as well. For example, if you cut out a section from the transcript, it's removed from the entire composition (unless you choose otherwise). This way you don’t spend hours cleaning up transcripts only to repeat the same processes with audio and video files. You can also add AI-generated audio and comments in the Script Editor and access project actions and search features from the Action bar.
  2. With the Scene Rail in the left margin, you can move and adjust scenes like slides in a presentation. 
  3. You can use the Canvas to arrange and adjust the visuals of your scene. 
  4. Your composition will show up on the Timeline, where you can adjust your script's word alignment and make fine edits to your media.
  5. You can view and adjust the properties of almost everything you select in your project (compositions, scenes, tracks, and visuals) from the Properties panel
  6. The App bar is where you can manage the compositions in your project as well as access the Media Library, Recorder, Text, Shapes, and Templates. You can also publish or export your composition, provide project access to collaborators, and access settings and preferences.
📺 Watch a webinar: Descript for Beginners

Descript tutorial: 6 steps to get started

You can start using Descript almost instantly upon installing it. It’s straightforward, intuitive, and newbie-friendly. 

1. Download & install Descript

It’s easy to install Descript for both Mac and Windows users. 

MacOS users can follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Download the Descript Installer for Mac.
  • Step 2: Once you’ve downloaded the .zip file to your computer, unpack it. Then double-click the installer app to begin installing Descript. If you’re prompted to confirm opening the file, click Open.

Descript installer confirmation dialog box
  • Descript will start installing the app—taking anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, depending on your internet speed.
  • Step 3: When the download is complete, sign in or create an account to begin using Descript.

Windows users can follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Download the Descript Installer for Windows.
  • Step 2: Once the .zip file has been downloaded to your computer, click to unpack it. Then, double-click the installer app to launch and begin installation.

Descript Windows installer status box
  • Step 3: Once the download is complete, sign in or create an account. After that, you can start using Descript.

2. Create a project

Now that you’ve downloaded Descript and signed in, you can start working on your projects. 

Create a project either from your Drive View or while working in an open project.

To create a new project from the Drive view, click on the + New button and choose the type of project you'd like. 

Screenshot showing highlighting the new project button on the Drive view

To create a new project from inside an existing one, select the D logo in the top left corner.

Then, click on File > New > New project.

Pro tip: use Command+N or Ctrl+N as a shortcut anytime you want to create a new project. 

Screenshot of Descript project with numbered steps showing how to create a project


3. Start recording, or import a file

To create, edit, or collaborate in Descript, you can record directly or import a file. 

Follow these steps to start an audio recording: 

  1. Click the Record button to open the Record panel at the top of the editor. 
  2. Select Audio only.
  3. Adjust your recording settings by clicking the gear icon. Click here for more information on recording settings.
  4. Choose your recording inputs by clicking on either the computer audio icon or microphone icon. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded on separate tracks.
  5. Click the sliders icon for settings and decide if you want to enable Studio Sound or transcription. (You can also apply these after recording) If you are using an audio interface and recording multiple microphone, you can enable Record separate audio tracks for each external input.
  6. If you'd like, add speaker labels by typing them in the text box next to your inputs. 

Screenshot showing steps for setting up multitrack audio recording in Descript.


Record into script

You can find this setting in video compositions, and use it to add your recording to the script. In general, keep Record into script enabled if you intend to transcribe and script edit the recording. Turn it off if you just need to record background audio.

Record your audio

1. Choose one of the three recording options from the dropdown in the bottom right corner of the recording panel:

  • Record into script: this will add your recording to your script track
  • Replace selection: this option will show up when you highlight a section of your script before opening the record panel and will replace the script selection. Learn more about Replace selection.
  • Record new layer: add your recording as an audio layer. If you haven't recorded anything yet, you'll want to record into script first.

2. Click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.

3. Press the stop icon or timer button to end the recording.

Screenshot showing steps for stopping a recording

Editing individual tracks of a multitrack recording

If you’ve enabled multiple inputs, your recorded tracks will be put into a multitrack sequence. You can edit the individual tracks from the sequence editor.

  1. Right-click your sequence in the timeline or in the script.
  2. Choose Edit sequence.

Screenshot showing how to open a sequence in the sequence editor

You can follow these steps to start a video recording:

  1. Click the Record button and to open the Record panel at the top of the editor. 
  2. Select Camera.
  3. Click the gear icon and make adjustments to your recording settings as needed. Click here to learn more about recording settings.
  4. Choose your recording inputs by clicking on either the computer audio icon or microphone icon. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded on separate tracks.
  5. Click the sliders icon for settings and decide if you want to enable Studio Sound, transcribe, or record separate audio tracks.
  6. If you'd like, add speaker labels by typing them in the text box next to your inputs. 

screenshot showing steps for setting up a video recording in Descript

 Record your video

1. Choose one of the three recording options from the dropdown in the bottom right corner of the recording panel:

  • Record into script: this will add your recording to your script track
  • Replace selection: this option is available when you highlight a section of your script before opening the record panel and will replace the script selection. Learn more about Replace selection.
  • Record new layer: add your recording as a video layer. If you haven't recorded anything yet, you'll want to record into script first.

2. Click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.

3. Press the stop icon to end the recording.

Multitrack recordings

If you recorded computer audio or enabled record separate audio tracks, each input will be recorded on separate tracks and put into a multitrack sequence. You can edit the individual tracks from the Sequence editor. Learn more about sequences or using the Sequence editor.

You can also record remote interviews in Descript via SquadCast. You can learn more about that here

4. Transcribe your audio

Descript gives you accurate, multilingual, and near-instant transcription. The AI-powered mechanism works with your needs with features such as speaker labeling and overdubbing

There are a few ways you can automatically transcribe a file in Descript:

  • Add them to your script. Drag and drop the file into the Script editor, or select + to the left of the script and choose File.
  • If you’ve imported a file directly into your Media library, select the three dots to the right of the file’s name and click on Transcribe file.
  • When creating a sequence or adding files to a sequence from the sequence editor.

Note: Split files longer than 15 hours into smaller segments before uploading them for transcription. This prevents performance issues and ensures you get your transcription quickly. 

5. Edit your script like a doc

Editing is how you get every scene and every word to work harder for you. Descript eliminates the time you’d spend manually deleting filler words, correcting the transcript, and delineating speakers. 

Let’s look at them one by one:

1. Remove filler words

All filler words appear with a light blue underline in the Script editor so you can review and remove them. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the Action bar (magnifying glass icon).
  2. Choose Remove filler words…

Steps to select the Action bar and choose Remove filler words from the menu.


Alternatively, you can find and remove filler words by looking for them with the search tool.

In the sidebar, you’ll see a list of all the detected filler words and can choose what to do with them. 

Screenshot showing different options for removing or changing detected filler words.


Essentially, you can preview each section with a filler word and edit it in one of four ways:

OptionWhat it does
DeleteRemove both the text and the audio.
Delete and replace with gapA gap clip (a period of silence) will replace the deleted script content.
IgnoreStrikethrough the text in the script while removing the audio. This is helpful when you want to review the filler words you’ve removed. It’s also easy to bring them back if you change your mind.
Remove from transcriptRemove the filler word or phrase only from the script without affecting the audio.

2. Delete text

With Delete, you can non-destructively remove both the script content and associated media. Just highlight a section of script, and press Delete (macOS) or Backspace (Windows).

Gif showing deleting text from the transcript

3. Ignore script content

When you choose Ignore script content, Descript will strike through the text or wordless media without removing it. 

This is useful when you’re iterating and experimenting with your media—before the final edit. 

To ignore text, highlight a section of script, and press Command + Delete (macOS) or Control + Backspace (Windows).

Gif showing ignoring script content in the transcript

‎After ignoring a word or section in your script, you can hover over the ignored script and choose to Restore it back into the script or Delete it.

Restoring or deleting ignored script content

Keep in mind:

  • Deleted script won’t appear in an exported text file or published page.
  • Ignored text can be included in an exported transcription.
  • Ignored text won’t appear in subtitles or published media.

4. Correct the transcript 

You can use three hotkeys for quick edits to your transcript:

  • Hold down Z and click a word to toggle capitalization on or off.
  • Hold down X and click a word to cycle through a space, comma, or period.
  • Highlight text and press C to correct text; pressing C enables the correction tool if text is not selected.

5. Correct text mode

Descript also has a special mode for users who want to focus exclusively on correction called Correct text mode, which will outline your script in blue while correcting. 

While working in Correct text mode, you can make corrections to your script without affecting the underlying media.

The Script editor while Correct text mode is active

To enter this mode, you can press the keyboard shortcut Option + C (macOS) or Alt + C (Windows).

6. Delineate speakers

The speaker label helps you distinguish different parts of your script and recorded media. Speakers are essential for generating AI speech and are copied with their associated media to paste into different projects

Descript detects speakers and automatically applies speaker labels in your recorded media so you don’t have to add them manually. Learn more here

When you need to manually add speakers, follow these steps:

1. Click in the script where you want to add a speaker label.

2. You have two ways you can add a speaker label:

  • Type @ on your keyboard.
  • At the top of your script, select Actions…, type speaker, and choose Insert speaker label.

3. Choose or create a speaker:

  • Create a new speaker: Type their name, and select Create speaker.
  • Use an existing label: Select from your previously added speaker labels.
  • Add an AI speaker: Pick from your AI speakers or choose one of our AI Stock speakers.

Screen recording for adding a speaker label into your script.

You can also add a speaker on a blank line by clicking the icon with three horizontal dots (…) > Add speaker label.

Screenshot with numbered steps for adding a speaker label to a blank line.

6. Export your project

Congratulations on finishing your project! At this point, you have multiple options to export it to other tools or publish it directly. You can:

Select Publish in the top-right corner of the main editor to export or publish a composition. 

You can choose between two tabs in the Publish menu:

  • The Export tab allows you to export a file to your computer.
  • The Publish tab gives you the option to publish your composition directly online to various hosting platforms.

Publishing panel with highlighting export and publish tab with red rectangle

It's much faster to download your published content as a local audio or video file than to export it. 

Descript: The easiest way to get started creating audio and video content

Descript gives newcomers a head start—you don’t need to learn multiple apps, workflows, or setting combinations. You don’t even need fancy gadgets. Descript has features like:

  • Studio Sound: to remove background noise and echo so your recordings have a studio-like feel.
  • AI Actions: to remove retakes, edit for clarity, and even turn into blog post.
  • Overdub: to replace awkward or incorrect speech with AI cloning. 
  • Green Screen: to remove or swap out video backgrounds.
  • Social Clips: to find and highlight your best moments.

Want to try them out yourself? Sign up now.

FAQ

What can I do with Descript?

With Descript, you can create and edit podcasts, videos, audio tracks, and transcripts in one place. You can also use Descript to publish your edited content across various hosting platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. 

Is Descript good for video editing?

Descript is a great choice for video editing, particularly for creators who value streamlined, text-based editing. You can use it to edit video by editing the transcript—an excellent choice for dialogue-heavy projects. Descript also includes features such as screen recording, multi-track editing, and automatic subtitles to help creators manage multiple tasks in one place. 

How do you transcribe using Descript?

To transcribe using Descript, upload your audio or video file to the platform, and Descript will automatically convert it to text. Alternatively, select the Options menu (three dots icon) to the right of the file’s name, and select Transcribe file.




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