Recording video

In the guide, we'll show you the steps for setting up and making a video recording using Descript.

How to record video in Descript

Set up your video recording

  1. At the top of the editor, click and open the Record icon Record panel.
  2. Select Camera.
  3. Click Settings icon Settings and make adjustments to your recording settings as needed. Click here to learn more about recording settings.
  4. Choose your audio inputs by clicking on the Computer audio icon computer audio icon or Microphone icon microphone icon. If both are enabled, the inputs will be recorded on separate tracks.
  5. Click Additional settings icon  Settings and decide if you want to add Studio Sound, transcribe, or record separate audio tracks.
  6. If you'd like, add speaker labels by typing them in the text box next to your inputs. 

screenshot showing steps for setting up a video recording in Descript

Record your video

  1. Choose one of the three recording options from the dropdown in the bottom right corner of the recording panel:
    • Record into script — this will add your recording to your script track
    • Replace selection — this option is available when you highlight a section of your script before opening the record panel and will replace the script selection. Learn more about Replace selection
    • Record new layer — add your recording as a video layer. If you haven't recorded anything yet, you'll want to record into script first.
  2. Click Record at the bottom of the Record panel to start recording.
  3. Press the Stop recording icon Stop to end the recording.

Multitrack recordings

If you recorded computer audio or enabled record separate audio tracks, each input will be recorded on separate tracks and put into a multitrack sequence. You can edit the individual tracks from the Sequence editor. Learn more about sequences or using the Sequence editor.

Tips and best practices

  • Before making your full screen recording, consider doing a 5 to 10 second test recording to make sure you have set everything up correctly.
  • If you enable transcription during the recording, you can script-edit as you record!
  • If you need to transcribe the recording afterwards, right click the recording in your script and choose transcribe file; or, you can transcribe the file from the media library. If you recorded multiple tracks, you'll need to transcribe the individual files from the media library.
  • If you want to apply Studio Sound after recording, check out how to add Studio Sound to a single file, or how to add Studio Sound to tracks in a sequence
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