Project file management

You can add a file to your project by clicking + Add files in the Files Files tab of the Media Media Library and selecting the file from your Finder (macOS) or File Explorer (Windows). You can select multiple files to add at the same time if needed.

Add files button in the Media Library

You can create a new sequence, folder, or import a file with a link by clicking the ... ellipsis button in the lower right corner of the Media Library.

Create a sequence, folder, or import a file from a link through the Media Library

You can also drag and drop files directly onto the various editor panels in Descript. This will add the files to the Media Library and directly to the active composition.

How Descript creates optimized assets from your project files

When you add a file to a project or record directly in Descript, the app saves two file versions:

  • A copy of the imported file; or, if you're recording in Descript, a new file. This version will be used when you export or publish your composition.
  • An optimized version that is smaller, making them easier to share, improving playback and editing performance, and taking up less space on your hard drive.

Both file versions are stored locally. The files are also uploaded to the cloud, so you never need to worry about misplacing the files referenced in a project.

Optimized files use the following settings:

Video

Codec H.265 (HVEC)

Audio

Codec AAC
Bitrate Maximum of 256k for mono audio, 320k for stereo audio*

*if your source audio bitrate is lower than that, the imported file will keep its original bitrate

For users with higher performing computers, creating optimized video files for playback may be unnecessary and potentially cause performance overhead. You can disable Optimize video files for playback from the App settings or Project settings.

How Descript handles files with different sample rates

If your project contains audio files with different sample rates (e.g. 44.1k, 48k), Descript treats them as follows:

  • For timeline exports, Descript converts all the files to the highest sample rate in the project.
  • All files will be at a 44.1k sample rate during playback in the app.
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