When you're working with transcripts in Descript, sometimes you want to edit the text only (e.g. correcting automatic transcription errors), and sometimes you want your edits to affect the underlying media. We've built Descript's editor to be smart about what you're trying to do. In short, it works like this:

  • If you type or delete individual characters, it'll affect the text, not the underlying media.
  • If you cut/copy/paste a selection, it brings the media along for the ride.
  • If you delete a selection... we show a popover asking whether you want to delete the text only, or the media as well.

Some handy tips:

  • Use the deletion keyboard shortcuts to delete super fast. alt + delete = deleting the media.
  • You can't delete more than 40 characters of text at a time. That's because the text is synced to the underlying media - and if you are deleting more than that, it'll break the sync relationship.
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