Descript

Transcription management and video & audio editing software

About Descript

Descript is a transcription management and video editing software that is designed for businesses in multiple industries, such as marketing, sales, user research, online learning, and customer support. It helps team members collaborate on projects, send feedback, create shared folders, add comments, and track document versions.

Descript enables staff members to upload audio files to automatically generate and edit text transcriptions on a centralized platform. Employees can use the video editing tool to update transcriptions and automatically edit or crop video and audio files accordingly. It lets users add introductions, title cards, captions, transitions, animations, and shapes across videos, images, and GIFs. Supervisors can create shareable links, search transcripts, and embed videos across multiple platforms, such as blog posts, help documents, and other content management systems.

Descript provides an API, which lets businesses integrate the platform with several third party solutions, including Evernote, Slack, Google Drive, DropBox, and Box. The overdub functionality lets staff members utilize text-to-speech technology to automatically generate voiceovers.

Pricing starting from:

US$12.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$12.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Descript

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Features

Total features of Descript: 55

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Annotations
  • Audio Capture
  • Audio Editor
  • Audio Manipulation
  • Audio Mixing
  • Audio Recording
  • Audio/video file upload
  • Automatic Formatting
  • Automatic Transcription
  • Automatic Transcription Services
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Call Recording
  • Call Scripting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Full Text Search
  • Historical Reporting
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Mastering
  • Media Library
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple Format Support
  • On-Demand Recording
  • Playback Controls
  • Preview Functionality
  • Screen Capture
  • Screen Recording Software
  • Social Advertising
  • Social Sharing
  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech-to-Text Analysis
  • Subtitles/Closed Captions
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Text Analysis
  • Text Editing
  • Text to Speech
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timecoding
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Call Recording
  • Video Capture
  • Video Editing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Voice Generator
  • Voice Recognition
  • YouTube Uploading

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(129)
Value for Money
4.7/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Support
4.5/5

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Cameron S.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The podcast editing tool that has helped us scale our podcast editing agency

Reviewed on 19/5/2021

Descript helps my team collaborate with clients on their podcast episodes. Hosts give us their...

Descript helps my team collaborate with clients on their podcast episodes. Hosts give us their recordings and then they leave us feedback in the form of comments on the transcript. It makes communication clear for everyone on our team and the collaboration features make it possible for us to have our remote team. We are able to help our clients sound their best with the filler word detection, something that would not be an effective option if we were editing with audio alone.

Pros

I love how easy it is to edit audio using the auto transcription. It allows for other great features like filler word and word gap detection/removal. The integration with Zapier allows us to import new media, and the publishing integrations allow us to export to hosts and other apps we use in our clients workflows.

Cons

For more advanced editing, I wish there were integrations with Adobe Audition that would make it easy to locate spots that have been commented on and then reimport or sync the changes. For our workflow, I would also love if we could utilize an API to directly integrate Descript with our workflow rather than needing to utilize Zapier.

Deborah B.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Language compression for better listening

Reviewed on 23/6/2021

I am committed to continuing with Descript since it enables an ease of editing I haven’t found...

I am committed to continuing with Descript since it enables an ease of editing I haven’t found anywhere else.

Pros

My favorite aspect of this software is the ability to delete filler words, shorten pauses between phrases and make my guests sound so much better than they do in the rough interview track. I love being able to edit the audio file by deleting things from the transcribed text and being able to go back and forth between editing in the text and editing in the audio file. The last episode I edited on descript cut 20 minutes off the interview. Then I bring that edited track into garage band to add intro/outro music, etc. ( i know I’m supposed to be able to do all this inside descript but I haven’t taken the time to learn how to do that.

Cons

Poor transcription of non native speakers. Not knowing how to add in existing transcript and match it with the raw interview track before editing.

April H.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I use Descript for multiple things!

Reviewed on 13/9/2021

Editing video and audio for podcasts is so much easier in Descript. I can see exactly what I am...

Editing video and audio for podcasts is so much easier in Descript. I can see exactly what I am editing out and it has made my workflow about twice as fast!

Pros

I love that to edit the audio or video, you just make the edits in the transcription instead of trying to find the exact place in the audio file. Makes it so much easier! My favorite is that it can take out all the "filler words" like "um" in about 2 clicks and make the audio sound great! So much faster than how I was doing it before with having to listen and take them out one at a time.

Cons

There are constant updates to the software, about 1 a week. This can be annoying since there is always a pop-up that says you need to update and restart almost everytime I open the app. Also, if you have multiple accounts (I have multiple clients I work with), it is hard to sign out of one account and then sign into another. Not sure why this isn't straightforward, but often when I sign out of one account and then try to sign into another, it just puts me back into the same account.

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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

Not yet stable enough for professional use

Reviewed on 19/5/2021

Pros

This is could be a game changing piece of software. it combines transcription and audio editing into one. The option to collaborate in the cloud like a google doc opens up many possibilities. But there is one big downside....

Cons

It is not yet reliable enough. There have been two occasions in last few months where Descript just stopped working. I lost days' worth of work on broadcast critical projects.

The first time an entire project wouldn't open and just hung. That meant all of the work for an entire podcast episode was inaccessible. I contacted tech support and tweeted them. I heard nothing back. After a friday and weekend of panic and frustration, the project did open.

Perhaps stupidly, i carried on using Descript. A month or so later a Composition (their name for a document within a project) I was working on just stopped working. The error message just said press reload. But that did nothing. Because it is cloud based I had nothing on my hard drive to try and salvage. it just stopped working. i lost at least 8 hours of work. i contacted tech support and their discord server. Still haven't had a response. I had to do the work all over again.

If you work in professional audio, sadly my advice is to stay away from Descript till it gets more reliable.

Rowan M.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Excellent for podcast editing

Reviewed on 23/6/2021

I love Descript and have recommended it to several other podcast editors who now use it too. I use...

I love Descript and have recommended it to several other podcast editors who now use it too. I use it for a "story edit" of each episode, taking the full audio then chopping and rearranging it, plus taking out filler words etc.

You can do compression/EQ/music/bumpers/etc. in Descript but I prefer to export to a full blown DAW for that part. Descript would be great for this stuff if you are editing your own podcast and audio engineering isn't your primary focus.

Pros

Being able to edit text and have that automatically edit the audio is an amazing time saver. I was skeptical of the quality of edits this would provide, but 95% of the time the cross fades etc. it adds are spot on. For that 5% of the time where it's not quite right, you can easily adjust things using the waveform editor.

Cons

The transcription service seems to have been primarily trained on white/European-descent speakers. I've edited several episodes with African guests and the transcription is awful. You can still use it to edit the audio OK, with some laughs at the mistakes it made. But, if you want to publish a transcript then you're basically rewriting the whole thing.

Alternatives Considered

REAPER, Pro Tools and Audacity

Reasons for Switching to Descript

The ability to edit a transcript (with fallback to waveform editing) is a complete game changer. I can focus on the content and just drop out to audio editing when I need to. I still use other DAWs later in the process, but Descript makes that big edit of 90+min of raw audio for each episode so much more manageable.
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Descript FAQs

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Descript offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$12.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Descript offers a free basic account with screen recording, collaboration features, and 3 hours of transcription. Only editors pay. The three types of paid accounts include: • Creator: $12/editor/month (annual) or $15/editor/month (monthly) • Pro: $24/editor/month (annual) or $30/editor/month (monthly) • Enterprise: Get in touch with us for custom pricing.

Descript has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Descript supports the following languages:

English

Descript supports the following devices:

Descript integrates with the following applications:

Asana, Box, Dropbox Business, Evernote Teams, Gmail, Google Drive, OneDrive, Slack, Zapier

Descript offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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