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: 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
(130)
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 2021/05/19

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.

Chris W.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best tool I've found for editing podcasts and producing transcripts and .srt files

Reviewed on 2021/06/17

I think if you come from a video or text editing background, Descript will make perfect sense to...

I think if you come from a video or text editing background, Descript will make perfect sense to you within seconds of watching their intro vids. I come from those backgrounds and that was my experience. Yesterday I gave a training session to a colleague who also has editing experience and he immediately took to it and mastered the basics as well, despite not having a hardcore tech background. It really does feel like magic when you start using it and completely fix a long and rambling guest answer in minutes.

As I mentioned in Cons above, I've had problems with it in the past, and at the time I started testing Otter as an alternative in case I needed to switch. But I preferred Descript and I think it has better tools, and I've had no problems since then while using it several days each week for 6 months.

Pros

1. That it does such a good, incredibly fast job of transcribing and assigning speaker roles
2. That it combines separate audio tracks into a sequence so you can make edits to an entire production, but *also* gives you the ability to drill down into individual tracks for really fine-tuned edits.
3. That it combines audio editing and text editing into a single interface, so you can literally edit your audio track as if you were editing a Word or Google doc. I never imagined that this could be an interface or should be an interface, but after seeing it for the first time, the concept clicked into place for me and I immediately took to it.
4. That it auto removes filler words and phrases, BUT even more important, kind of magically smooths over (most of) the cuts so that you can't tell a cut was made. It doesn't always work perfect, but more than half the time it does, and it feels like I'm working with software from a sci-fi future.
5. I want to say I love their Overdub feature, where you can deepfake your own voice (or someone else's on your team if they give you permission, I think--there are some privacy rules in place that I haven't fully explored). It also feels like a sci-fi technology. However, in my day to day usage of this tool, I never use Overdub because I'm almost always editing other people who aren't Descript customers. I'm eager to test it one day with my own voice recordings, but for now I can't really give any feedback on its effectiveness.

Cons

1. At the end of 2020 I had some bad experiences with server-side delays and edits not being saved properly, which reminded me that some of the core functionality for this service is beyond my control because it's not happening locally. On the other hand, I haven't had any problems since (it's been about six months).
2. They update the software very frequently, and often make changes to the interface at the same time. I now just prepare myself to deal with a relocated UI element whenever there's an update, but I don't enjoy the fresh challenge each time it happens. Rapidly making incremental improvements to functionality makes sense to me, but I'm not sure it should be the approach for UI improvements since that can be so destabilizing to a user's workflow.

Alternatives Considered

Otter

Reasons for Switching to Descript

Better pricing, more features, better functionality.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

Not yet stable enough for professional use

Reviewed on 2021/05/19

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.

Zaiba S.
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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 2021/06/07

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.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Writing & Editing
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

project editor for visual learners

Reviewed on 2021/06/17

Overall it's an innovative product and a lot more cost-effective than others on the market. It may...

Overall it's an innovative product and a lot more cost-effective than others on the market. It may not be perfect but it has helped me a lot in my projects. A clever virtual multi-tool for creators.

Pros

I like that I can edit a video based on the visual transcription, The AI and that while I'm recording I get a transcription simultaneously.

The features I desire most are a dark mode feature, a chroma key feature so I can add light overlay and animation. I would also like a pause feature added to screen recording and voice recording because I use this to help me think in between recording without stopping the session. And please fix bugs such a lagging.

And the integrations I would recommend are Audacity, Davinci Resolve, and Anchor FM because that is what I use.

Cons

Sometimes there are glitches if I am working in multiple windows and Ill get error codes. Sometimes it's hard to place tracks on the timeline, You click where you want it to go and it goes somewhere else in the project. I want some filler words to stay included and it's hard for me to figure out how to keep them. When I record audio and mess up, the overdub function doesn't pop up when I right-click. I wish the zoom and pan were smoother looking.

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Descript FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Descript.

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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