Correcting your transcript

In this guide, we’ll show you how to correct errors in your transcript without editing the underlying audio or video.

Before getting started

You'll need to import and transcribe a file into a composition. If you haven't done this or are unsure how to do this, check out our guide on importing and transcribing files.

Correcting a word or phrase

  1. In the Script editor, double-click on the word or section you want to correct.
  2. Click Correct in the script toolbar.
  3. Type the correction you want to make.
  4. Select Correct to make your correction, or Correct All to correct all instances of the word or phrase in your project. The word or words will be underlined briefly while the audio realigns with the new text.

Words that appear as wordless media

Descript's automatic transcription can be up to 95% accurate. Occasionally, there may be a word or two that didn't get transcribed and appears as wordless media in the script. Don't worry, just highlight the wordless media section and correct the transcript so it includes the missed words.

Add or remove a max of 100 characters at once

After making a transcript correction, Descript will quickly re-scan the region to sync your corrected text to the corresponding script audio. To ensure your script media and transcript realign properly, you can only adjust a max of 100 characters at once.

If you try to add or delete more than 100 characters at once, you will see the following alert pop up:

"You can add or delete a max of 100 characters at a time"

Screenshot of Descript's in-app message 'You can add or delete a max of 100 characters at a time'

Use the Correction Mode for multiple changes

  1. In the script editor, double-click a word, and click Correct in the script toolbar.
  2. Select Correct text mode icon Enter correct text mode.
  3. Make changes to the transcript as needed; these changes will only affect the text and not the underlying media. The word will be underlined briefly while the audio realigns with the new text.
  4. To exit correction mode, click Done correcting in the top left corner, or press Esc.

Use keyboard shortcuts for faster corrections

There are three useful keyboard shortcuts that will help you quickly make corrections: C, X, and Z. Keep these shortcuts in mind for quick and efficient transcript corrections.

  • Hold C and click a word to quickly correct it.
  • Hold X and click a word to toggle different punctuation options.
  • Hold Z and click a word to toggle capitalization.

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