What is Descript ?
Descript is a collaborative audio/video editor that works like a doc. It includes transcription, a screen recorder, publishing, full multitrack editing, and some mind-bendingly useful AI tools.
- Screen Recording
- Capture your screen and record your microphone or computer audio.
- Choose between Automatic or White Glove for a perfect transcript.
- Remote recoding
- Easily record multitrack audio and video from anywhere around the world.
- Edit audio, remove silence, add crossfades and effects, the whole potato.
- Video Editing
- Edit video, add titles, shapes, lines, arrows, and images.
- Create a digital voice profile for yourself. You can only clone your own Voice.
- Filler Word Removal
- Remove the ums, uhs, you knows, other filler words with one click.
- Multi-user Collaboration
- Collaborate with team members on audio and video projects.
- Publish projects anywhere and share with anyone for easy viewing and listening.
- Create eye-catching audiograms for sharing to social media.
My Favorite Descript Features
- There’s nothing worse than listening to a podcast with way too many pauses and breaks. Luckily, It makes it easy to find and shorten those gaps. Just use the search function, select “Word Gaps,” and Descript will find all your pauses. I like to select all pauses over a second long and shorten them to half a second. It makes my podcasts flow better and shortens them!
- I also find myself recording multiple takes of the same sentence. With a traditional video editor, I’d have to listen to each take, find the best one, and manually cut out the bad ones. (Such a time suck!). I can just scan the transcription and delete the repeats with the click of a button, saving me tons of time and energy.
- Since my videos mostly consist of me talking to the camera, I like to switch things up and add visual intrigue with text overlays, screenshares, and effects. It makes it easy! You can add your effects directly into the transcription, and it will seamlessly place them in the video. Plus, if you want to add captions on screen, Descript can use the transcription you already have to perfectly time the words on the screen. Much easier than adding and timing them by hand!
- If you have a video editor or virtual assistant on your team, Descript makes it incredibly easy to collaborate with them and work together on your editing projects. You can add comments, share files, and even pop in and out of the same projects. For me, this is so much easier than sending large video files back and forth, and I love getting to keep my eye on the behind-the-scenes as my videos come together.
How to Use Descript?
- It is an AI-based video and audio editing tool designed to simplify the process of editing. When you import video or audio recordings to Descript, the software transcribes them using speech detection AI.
- In the case of a video file, Descript links the transcription to the frames of the video. You can then make changes to the video by changing the corresponding text. The same can be done for an audio file. You can even create a clone of your voice to add produced audio recordings to an existing project or create a new one without recording anything.
- You get Descript audio tools that could ease the process of editing, so one could save time by not having to use a Digital audio workstation to have their audio sound great. As audio is a crucial part of a video, audio processing, one could worry less about recording audio in a quiet environment.
Is Descript Good For Podcast Editing?
- Descript originally gained popularity among video and podcasting editors as a podcast editing tool, and rightly so. The ease of use makes it ideal for creative content creators and influencers who want to focus more of their energy on coming up with new content ideas and keeping their audiences engaged and less on editing the content.
- You can do both audio and video podcast editing, in the same manner, you would edit a text document. You don’t even have to type the text yourself. Just upload your audio files or video clips, and Descript will transcribe the audio for you.
- Moreover, you can also fine-tune the audio through loudness normalization, noise cancellation, and automatic removal of filler words. With Overdub feature, you can clone your voice. From there, you will be creating audio content in your voice by typing words.
- However, we haven’t found the voice quite realistic enough for full content (not yet capable of premium audio production). It works better for “overdubbing” and adding in snippets of something to an existing podcast without having to go back and re-record the audio files. More on that…