Video editor

Anybody can start a YouTube channel, but if you want to build a following you’ll need to create videos that are actually good. Same goes for TikTok or Instagram. Making it good means editing. And for that you’ll need video editing software. Descript makes editing simple with all the features you need to make scroll-stopping videos.

Create fast. Work smart. Have some fun.

Creators have to create a lot. So they need to work fast and can’t afford to get bogged down in technical drudgery. With Descript you edit your video just like it’s a doc, remove ums and uhs in a single click and add transitions, animated captions, and other effects in just a few more. The result is professional-quality videos, fast.

Create high impact videos from scratch in three simple steps

Step 1

Create a new project & import media

As soon as you open a new project, you can start dragging media into your workstation — video clips, voiceover, music, graphics, or other images. Add B-roll or key frame animations — whatever you want.

Step 2

Edit your video with easy-to-use editing tools

Add visual effects like keyframe animation, shapes, and transitions. Get subtitles and captions in your chosen font, and add stickers, GIFs, and sound effects to make it unique. And don’t worry about your cuts; Descript uses non-destructive editing, so you can always recover your original if you change your mind or realize you’ve made a terrible mistake.

Step 3

Export, save, & share

Once you’ve got a video you’re happy with, click export with the file format and dimensions of your choice. Now you have content you can share with the world. On behalf of the world, Descript thanks you!

Create fast. Work smart. Have some fun.

Creators have to create a lot. So they need to work fast and can’t afford to get bogged down in technical drudgery. With Descript you edit your video just like it’s a doc, remove ums and uhs in a single click and add transitions, animated captions, and other effects in just a few more. The result is professional-quality videos, fast.

Simple, Powerful, Magical

Transitions

If you’re making video from a Zoom lecture or slideshow, let your audience know that you’ve moved to the next section with our elegant and easy fades and cross-fades.

Works offline

Descript expands your horizons beyond where there’s Wi-Fi. Edit off-the-grid: on a plane, on top of a mountain or in the remote ends of the earth! Your project will sync your changes as soon as you reconnect.

Non-destructive

If you or your client changes their mind back to the original pitch, you can revert to the original — it’s safe in Descript’s cloud backup.

Keyframe animation

Dynamically manipulate layers within the timeline to zoom in or pan across details in the frame.

Trim & Cut

Edit your video by editing the transcript. Remove filler words in a single click, cut the slow and sloppy parts to keep your narrative moving and your video tight.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 321 rule?

Have three different copies of every file you need in at least two places. Suppose something horrible happens to the bunker where you keep your external hard drive. In that case, you’ll still have a backup on the cloud and the original file accessible through Descript’s version history feature.

Can I export in HD?

Descript’s free online video editor can export HD 720p mp4 file formats. 4K (3840 x 2160) watermark-free mp4 exporting is available in paid plans.

What’s the average file size for videos?

There really isn’t one. It depends on a bunch of factors, like FPS, file type, bitrate audio quality, the content of the videos and the video resolution. Here’s a breakdown of file sizes per 1-minute video on Android:

  • Ultra HD and 4K — 320 MB
  • Full HD 1080p — 149 MB
  • HD 720p — 105 MB

Which file formats can I input?

In Descript, video creators can work in most video file formats, including MOV and AVI. But not MXF, WebM, MTS, or OGG audio files. You can upload WAV files if they don’t exceed two channels. Apple HDR formats will be converted to SDR (though results vary).

Which browsers work with the online editor?

Desktop apps are available for both Windows and Mac for full online video editor features. Descript does not have a mobile app — yet. Playback and comments are available on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge browsers.


Download the app for free

Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.