In this guide, you'll learn common ways to import and automatically transcribe files with Descript.
Before getting started
- You'll need an audio or video file ready to import and transcribe. Or, if you want to record video or audio directly into Descript, check out our recording how-to guide.
- If a file is over 15 hours in length or greater than 100GB in size, separate it into shorter parts before importing and transcribing the content.
How to transcribe your files
Set your transcription language
The first time you import and transcribe files in Descript, you will be prompted to set the transcription language. You can adjust the setting later from your App settings. We recommend enabling Always ask before transcribing if you transcribe in different languages from project to project.
Import and transcribe a file
- Open or create a project.
- Drag your audio or video file into the script area, and Descript will transcribe it. If you're importing a file into a blank project, select Add file in the script editor.
- If your file has only one speaker, add the speaker's name. If there are multiple speakers, ask Descript to detect the number of speakers. Click here to learn more about using speaker detection.
Import and transcribe files all at once
If you're adding multiple files at once, you can choose to have the files added one after another in your script, or group them in a multitrack sequence. Sequences allow you to group multiple files together (i.e., different speakers from the same interview) and edit them in a single unified script.
- Open or create a project.
- Drag your audio or video files into the script area, and Descript will begin transcribing them.
- Add the speaker's name if needed.
- Check combine files into a multitrack sequence if you want to group the files in a sequence. Or, just click Done to add the files to your script one after the other.
Add and transcribe a file to a script
If you're working on a project that already has a script, but you need to add and transcribe another file:
- Place your cursor where you want to add the file.
Enter(Windows) twice and create a blank line in your script.
- Press Add file next to the new blank line. This will open the Files tab in your Media library. If you haven't imported your file yet, click + Add files at the bottom of the Media library, and select the file you want to import into your project.
- Select the file you want to add to your script, and select Insert into script. Or, just drag and drop the file onto the new blank line.
Tips and best practices
- If you need to upload numerous files and only want to transcribe a portion of them, consider adding them in bulk to the media library instead. You can then choose which files to transcribe. Click here to learn more about the media library.
- Occasionally, there may be a word or two that didn't get transcribed and appears as wordless media in the script. Don't worry, you can add in missed words by correcting the transcript.
- After transcribing several files and creating a combined sequence, you can edit and align each track using the sequence editor. Click here to learn more about the sequence editor.