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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Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

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: 62

  • AI Voices
  • 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
  • For Marketers
  • For Online Learning
  • For Sales Teams/Organizations
  • Full Text Search
  • Historical Reporting
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Mastering
  • Media Library
  • Multi-Voice
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Natural Language Processing
  • On-Demand Recording
  • Playback Controls
  • Preview Functionality
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • 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
(140)
Value for Money
4.7/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.5/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Cameron
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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.

Timothy
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

This Ai software is like no other

Reviewed on 25/8/2022

I love this software it is one of the most realistic Ai text to speech out there in 2022 hands...

I love this software it is one of the most realistic Ai text to speech out there in 2022 hands down. You can adjust the spelling of the word if the Ai does not pronounce it correctly and adjust the length of time between words in increments. I've loaded 1,000 words in at a time or more with no problem and it only takes a minute or two to process then it's ready to go, in other words, it is fast.

Pros

1) I like the realistic-sounding voices
2) I like the large selection of voices
3) I like the ability to change the pitch and speed of each voice
4) I like the male and female options
5) I like the fact that you can copy and paste large amounts of text at one time to edit
6)

Cons

1) The learning curve can be a bit much
2) Not enough tutorials that get right to the point

Verified Reviewer
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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.

Kevan
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best editing experience I've ever had

Reviewed on 24/8/2022

Love Descript. I use it for all my audio/video projects, and the quality of my content is way...

Love Descript. I use it for all my audio/video projects, and the quality of my content is way better because of Descript

Pros

Descript is the easiest editing software I've ever used. I'm no multimedia expert, but I felt so capable of creating great content thanks to Descript's product features. The editor feature in particular - with how you can cut and paste within the transcript itself - is phenomenal

Cons

There are some subtleties to the product that are difficult to learn. I had to watch some help videos multiple times to be able to understand, especially when it came to importing and combining multiple audio files.

Zaiba
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

For Perfect Transcriptions

Reviewed on 7/6/2021

This is a must-have product that will simplify your life. You won't realize how much time it saves...

This is a must-have product that will simplify your life. You won't realize how much time it saves until you use it. Fortunately, there is a fantastic free trial to try it out. The shortcuts are really useful and will save you a significant amount of time. There is a lot to learn, but once you do, the software will save your life.

Pros

1. Descript's key feature is how it transcribes your audio and converts it into an editable word document. I was astounded to discover how simple it was to effectively cut and paste words while simultaneously moving the audio waveforms.
2. It makes use of the Google speech to text engine, which has been demonstrated to be the market leader in numerous studies.
3. Transcripts are attractive and are designated by individuals. With just one click, you can securely send transcripts with video or audio.

Cons

1. It becomes slow with time, and you must pay to utilize it on a regular basis.
2. Although the automatic, entry-level version of Descript has a transcribing accuracy of roughly 95%, there are still grammatical problems.
3. It takes longer than I expected to look over transcriptions and revise them later, so I have to spend more time correcting the transcripts even during my working hours.

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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, 1,001-5,000

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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