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Correcting your transcript

After importing and transcribing a file, you can quickly make corrections to the transcript in the Script Editor without editing the underlying script media. This article and video will cover helpful features you can use to correct your transcript in Descript.

1. Detect transcription errors and the correction wizard

  1. Click Star_Icon_V51.png at the top right of the Script Editor and select Detect transcription errors.


  2. Select Submit to start detecting transcription errors. Once finished, you will see the transcript errors underlined in green in your Script Editor.
  3. Right-click on any of the detected errors and select Start correction wizard.
  4. When the wizard shows you a potential error, listen to decide if you agree, then either type the correct text or select Accept to move to the next potential error. If you need to re-listen to a detected error, click Play_detected_errors_V51.avif to the left of the correction wizard's text box.


2. Use keyboard shortcuts quickly make corrections

  • Punctuation toggle — hold X and click a word to change between a space, comma, and period.
  • Capital toggle — hold Z and click a word to change between capitalized and lowercase.
  • Correct text — highlight a word or phrase and press the C key. Make your corrections in the text box, then select Correct or press the Enter key to apply the changes.

If you do not have any text selected, pressing C will enable the correction tool. Click on a word to edit the transcript. While the tool's active, you'll see its icon highlighted in blue in the top left corner of the Script Editor. The punctuation and capital toggle with not be available if the correction tool is active — Press Esc to toggle off the correction tool or click on the icon. Correction_tool_V52.gif

Also, if the correction tool is active, you must press Command + S (macOS) or Control + S (Windows) to playback your media. However, if you’re in Correct mode but working in the Timeline, you can still use Space.

Once you’ve made a transcript correction, you can then manually adjust word boundaries as necessary by holding Control (Windows) or Command (macOS) to click and drag the word boundary in the Timeline.


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