What's going on?

We're in the process of transitioning to a completely rewritten version of Descript for Mac.

During this transition, we're calling the old version "Descript Classic (download)":

And the new version "New Descript (download)":

To ease the transition, both apps will be available for a few months, but we're expecting to sunset Descript Classic soon.

What's new in the new version of Descript for Mac?

  • Video transcription, playback, and editing
  • Cross platform - app works the same on Mac and Windows.
  • Every Project has a url, so anyone can open/play/comment on a Project without downloading the Descript app.
  • Projects are automatically synced to the Cloud (but still stored locally for offline use and better performance).
  • Projects are accessed via an in-app Project browser, instead of files in the Finder.
  • Commenting, access control, and version history are built directly into the app
  • Simplified the interface by getting rid of multiple document types (Compositions and Transcripts) - 
  • No more text editing modes - audio/video editing and transcript correction have been combined into a single, intuitive mode

How is working in New Descript different than Descript Classic?

Almost everything is refined, but there are a few user experience changes that you'll notice right away:

No more project files
Descript now has a built-in file manager / project browser - no more files in the Finder. Your Projects are automatically saved as you work and synced to the Cloud. It works like Google Docs, except all your Projects are still accessible offline. This means you don't need to worry about file management anymore, plus you get full version history for all your Projects.

No more "edit audio" and "correct text" modes.
Now there's just one text editing mode that allows you to both correct text and edit audio, when appropriate.

We got rid of multiple document types.
In Descript Classic you could have "Transcripts" (correct text only) and "Compositions" (correct or edit). This was understandably confusing - in New Descript, you'll do everything through Compositions.

We changed the way you insert speaker labels, markers, etc.
Type "@" anywhere in the script to access our quick insert dialog. It's very quick - type ahead to filter results, you don't need to use the mouse. You can still use the keyboard shortcuts or Insert menu.

We changed a few keyboard shortcuts

  • Play/pause is now TAB
  • Clicking on the script during playback moves the playhead. To move the cursor without moving the playhead, command + click.

Is the new version of Descript still missing any features?

Yes - they are listed here. We're working through this list very quickly, though.

Will my Descript Classic Projects work in New Descript?

Yes - you just need to open them in Descript Classic and then upload them to Descript Drive, at which point you'll see them listed when you open New Descript. Detailed instructions here.

What does this mean for me? Do I need to do anything?

Yes. As soon as your workflow is not dependent on any of New Descript's missing features, you should:

  1. Download New Descript
  2. Import your Descript Classic Projects for use in New Descript

When is this transition taking place?

Both apps are available now. Once we've added all the features of Descript Classic to Descript (Q4 2018), we'll stop supporting Descript Classic.

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