YouTube Video Editor

Publishing regular videos on YouTube is a lot of work — and, if you’re using legacy video editing software, it’s a lot of drudgery. Descript eliminates those parts, making editing video as easy as editing a doc. Just drag your videos into Descript, wait a few seconds for your automatic transcript, and start editing your video by editing the transcript. Add transitions, music, sound effects, key frame animations, subtitles, or waveforms. There’s no need to worry about mistakes — Descript’s non-destructive editing protects your files.

A collaborative YouTube video editor

Making YouTube videos with a team can be extra laborious — but with Descript's online video editor, you can collaborate in real time, with live commenting and editing, just like in a Google Doc. If everyone’s taking turns being the YouTube editor, tasks that should take hours can take days. When everybody’s happy, you can upload your video to YouTube in just a few clicks.

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How to edit videos for your YouTube channel

Step 1

Open a new project, then drag and drop your video clips or file into the app. If you’re making a vlog, you can record directly into Descript from your web or laptop camera.

Step 2

Start editing in the transcript; Descript will make changes to the underlying video that corresponds to your text edits. If you’re working with a team, share the project to enable real-time commenting and live collaboration.

Step 3

Once you’re done editing your video, upload it to YouTube by clicking “Share,” then “Export;” you’ll see the YouTube symbol right there. Once you’ve paired Descript and your YouTube account, you can choose settings and post your video online in minutes.

A collaborative YouTube video editor

Making YouTube videos with a team can be extra laborious — but with Descript's online video editor, you can collaborate in real time, with live commenting and editing, just like in a Google Doc. If everyone’s taking turns being the YouTube editor, tasks that should take hours can take days. When everybody’s happy, you can upload your video to YouTube in just a few clicks.

Download the app →

Create and edit outstanding videos with Descript

User friendly

With Descript’s intuitive script editing interface, anyone can make professional-quality videos. Trim the parts you don’t want, add effects and animations, cut out filler words in a couple single clicks, and be ready to publish with minimal fussing in the timeline.

Keyframe animation

The signature effect of any YouTube vlog is keyframe animation. For DIY movie makers, your face, bedroom, and pets are the mise-en-scene that capture your audience’s imagination. With a few clicks and drags in the timeline, you can easily emphasize and punctuate your stories with zooms and pans.

Titles and captions

With Descript’s Fancy Captions feature you can create captions (subtitles) in a few clicks — by pulling directly from the transcript. Not only do captions make your videos more accessible, they can make it more visually appealing, with custom colors, animations, and backgrounds. You can also upload your own fonts to integrate your brand’s aesthetic into your videos.

Frequently Asked Questions

What video editor do YouTubers use?

Descript is an excellent all-in-one video editing app for YouTube creators, but it also works well across multiple popular YouTube editing apps. You can export your timeline to Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro if you want to finesse your video with color correction or even incorporate green screen effects.

How do you edit YouTube videos?

If the step-by-step instructions above leave you with questions, you can find a wealth of tutorials available on our own YouTube channel that will help familiarize you with everything you can accomplish on Descript, from capturing video to removing background noise.

Is Descript’s YouTube video editor free?

With Descript’s free video editing software for YouTube, you can do a lot of basic editing with three hours of transcription, full video, audio, and unlimited screen recordings.

With the $12/month Creator package, you get 10 hours of transcription per month and watermark-free exports. And the $24/month Pro package includes 30 hours of transcription per month and additional features like custom drive and page branding. You can contact us for a negotiable Enterprise package with your own dedicated account representative, onboarding, and training.

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