A Descript Pro subscription gives you full access to all Descript’s features, stock media library, and AI editing firepower.
Total annual cost
1 hr transcription / month
One watermark-free video export / month
720p video export resolution
Filler word removal for "um"s and "uh"s
$12 per user / month
10 hrs transcription / month
Unlimited watermark-free video exports / month
4k video export resolution
Filler word removal for "um"s and "uh"s
$24 per user / month
30 hrs transcription / month
Unlimited watermark-free video exports / month
4k video export resolution
Filler word removal for 18 filler words and repeated words
Everything in Pro plus…
Dedicated account representative, Single sign on (SSO), Overdub Enterprise, Descript Service Agreement, Security Review, Invoicing, Onboarding & training

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Riverside lets you record. Descript lets you record, edit, and publish all-in-one.

Record in studio-quality with Descript’s remote recording studio, and then transcribe, edit, and publish in minutes with our AI-infused editor that's as powerful as it is easy to use.

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Record in studio-quality, from anywhere

Descript has all the remote recording capabilities you need to look and sound your best.

4K Quality
Descript records locally, so you get studio-quality audio and video every time.
Uncompressed Audio
Record locally uncompressed 48kHz WAV audio for you and every guest.
Progressive Uploads
We continuously upload everyone’s audio & video to the cloud as soon as you hit record.
Separate Tracks
Get separate audio and video tracks for you and your guests for more editing control.
Easy for Guests
Guests can join your session with a single click. No downloads or hardware required.
Works on Mobile
Join recording sessions right from your phone’s web browser.

Why are people switching from Riverside to Descript?

Ditch all the extra software and cost

Riverside's editing tools are so basic that most of the time you'll also need an expensive tool like Pro Tools, Hindenburg, or Reaper. With Descript you only need Descript. It puts all your recording and editing tools in one place, all for one price.

Edit your recordings like you edit a doc

Delete words to trim them your recordings. Or write over existing words to fix misspeaks. You can also enhance audio and remove filler words with 1-click.

AI: your otherworldly creative partner

Here’s some stuff you can’t do with Riverside: Instantly fix mis-matched tone in a speaker’s voice. Remove your ums and ahs with 1-click. Change your background with green screen. And lots of other insanely useful stuff; all with Descript’s AI tools.

Record + edit podcasts. For one price.

Remote recording is built into Descript’s world-class editing suite for no additional cost. Turns out you don’t need three different subscriptions to make your content look and sound great.
Recording time
30 hours
15 hours
Maximum resolution
People recorded in a single session
Uncompressed 48kHz WAV audio
Progressive uploads for each guest
Separate video tracks for each guest
Separate audio tracks for each guest
Automatic transcriptions
Producer role
Mobile support
Multi-track timeline editor
Studio sound
Filler word removal
Eye contact correction
Overdub for generative audio
Green screen background
Stock media library
Comments & notifications
Total monthly cost (Pro plan)
$24 per user / month
$24 per user / month

Let’s tackle some common questions.

Can Descript actually replace Riverside and editors like Pro Tools or Hindenburg?

Descript was built for exactly that. It contains your entire podcast workflow, from recording to editing to publishing. Record remotely. Use the timeline or Descript’s easy transcript editor to polish your audio and video. Then share with collaborators to get real-time feedback and comments. Then export or publish directly to your platform of choice.

Can you really edit without touching the timeline?

You sure can. One of the things that makes Descript special is its ridiculously easy transcript editor. You can add, delete, and rearrange words or entire sections just like in a doc. Then, like magic, the edits are reflected in your audio or video. But hey — if you want to work in the timeline, you can use that too. We’re flexible.

Does Descript have a mobile app?

Descript lets you record your podcast, or video, through your phone’s web browser. And it doesn’t take up space on your phone. Plus, it’s easier for your guests—they don’t have to install anything just to be on your show.

What if I like my traditional timeline editor?

As simple as Descript may be, it’s just as powerful. You can save serious time with our smart script editor. But we know flexibility is important and sometimes you wanna get into the nitty gritty. So Descript has a fully-featured, multi-track timeline editor too. Best of both worlds. Learn more about our timeline editor.

Descript compared
to OpusClip
Both give you AI-powered clip creation. But only Descript gives you intuitive creative tools to make clips that stand out.
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OpusClip: AI makes clips for you.
Descript: you make clips with AI.
AI clips are nice because they’re quick and easy. But when you let AI create for you, you get generic clips — because it’s trained on what others have done.

In Descript, you’re in control. AI finds your good clips, then you use Descript’s intuitive editing — and your creativity — to make them great.
In a sea of sameness, make clips that stand out
Preset templates let you make clips fast. But you sacrifice quality and originality — the qualities that make clips stand out on social feeds.

With Descript there’s no sacrifice. You can choose from hundreds of templates or create your own, then add your creative flourish and customize to your heart’s content. So when they see your clips, they’ll know it’s you.
Start making clips that pop
Your AI-powered clip maker's toolbox
Lightning-fast clip creation
No waiting 30+ minutes to get your clips. Descript’s AI makes them in less than a minute.
Stay in the flow, keep creating
You don’t have to walk away from your content to wait for an email reminder, then pick up where you left off. Your clips appear right there in Descript, when and where you’re in flow.
Underlord: Your AI editing assistant
Underlord is the heart of Descript's AI-powered clipping (and so much more). It transforms raw ideas into polished content at record speed, tackling every content creation challenge.
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Ready-made viral (maybe) clips
Descript's AI identifies your video's most compelling moments based on your keywords. Then it creates engaging, share-ready clips with auto-generated captions, customizable templates, and speaker focus. Just export and go.
Beyond clips: highlight reels
A Descript exclusive – AI automatically identifies and assemble the key moments in your long-form content, from intro to conclusion, setting up a tight supercut that tells the story and saves you hours of editing.
How they stack up
30 hrs/mo
5 hrs/mo
AI video clips
AI video highlight reel
Video quality
Unlimited edit & download
30-day limit for unsaved projects
Specify clip length
Add focus keywords
Animated captions
Active speaker focus
Filler word & silence removal
Fully-powered multi-track editor
Access to stock media library
Add music & sound effects
Add shapes and waveforms
Edit for Clarity
Studio Sound
Eye contact correction
Green screen background removal
Templates & layout
Pre-designed stock templates
Support for common aspect ratios
Unlimited custom templates
Customizable aspect ratios
Publishing & export
Social media title & description generator
Export to Adobe Premiere + DaVinci Resolve
Add unlimited team members
Comments for feedback
Real-time collaborative editing
Frequently asked questions
What platforms can Descript create short-form video for?
Yes, but it’s 30 hours per month. Are you really recording people talking for more than 30 hours a month? What’re you, the FBI? Anyway, if you need more than 30 hours, see below.
Can I purchase additional transcription hours?
By default, the Descript Creator plan has a monthly transcription limit of 10 hours per user. The Descript Pro plan has a monthly transcription limit of 30 hours per user. This helps us moderate demand and ensure a fast turnaround for everyone.

If you’re looking for a permanent change to your monthly hours, you can increase your transcription limit at $2 per hour here.

If you need a set amount of hours added to a given month, e.g., for a backlog of work coming through the pipeline, submit a request here and we can add hours as a one-time boost to your account at a rate of $2.50 per hour.
What is the difference between free and Pro plans for using AI voices?
On free plans, AI voices have 1,000-word vocabularies. For words outside of those, you get jibber-jabber instead. On Pro plans, the AI voices have unlimited vocabulary. So you can make them say any word you want. Grab a dictionary and go nuts.
Does Descript accept traveler’s checks?
How are subscription payments processed?
Descript Pro and Creator plan subscriptions are processed automatically to the credit card you provide, according to your selected billing cycle. If you need custom invoicing options (such as ACH transfer) can reach out to our Enterprise team.
How do I cancel my subscription?
You can easily cancel your subscription from your Descript subscription page. You can also delete your account and permanently wipe your data from our servers.
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Our free plan shows you what Descript can do no credit card required. When you need more horsepower, paid plans start at $12 per month.