Descript tour

Welcome to Descript! This guide will introduce the two main areas in Descript: the Editor—where your creations come to life—and the Drive view—the organizational hub for your projects and teams. By the end of this guide, you should be getting around and ready to start making videos and audio projects.

Editor tour

Screenshot of the Descript editor with editor panels labeled

The editor is where you'll create your video and audio projects. There is a lot that you can do here, so it's helpful to break it down section by section:

  • The Script editor is where you edit your media by editing text, correct and adjust your transcriptadd AI generated audio, and leave comments for collaborators.
  • The Scene rail lets you navigate through your project’s scenes like slides in a presentation. This feature streamlines rearranging visuals, ensuring your content flows just as you envisioned.
  • The Canvas is your stage for arranging and adjusting the visuals of your scenes.
  • The Timeline displays your composition over time, offering a traditional video/audio editing experience. Here, you can make precise edits to your media and adjust the word alignment of your script.
  • The Sidebar is packed with powerful features, so let’s look what each tab offers:
    • Underlord: your AI assistant editor that helps you make human content at inhuman speed. From writing to editing to promoting to publishing, Underlord harnesses the apocalyptic power of AI to strip away drudgery — leaving you in full control over your creative vision.
    • Project: Access all project files, sequences, and compositions in your project.
    • Scene: Customize visual scenes by applying premade layouts, effects, transitions, and more.
    • Layer: Adjust the visual and audio properties of your project.
    • Record: Record multitrack audio, video, and screen recordings directly into your project.
    • Elements: Add shapes, text, waveforms, progress bars, and more to your project.
    • Captions: Add fully polished captions to make your content more accessible.
    • Media and Music: Explore Descript’s vast library of stock media to enhance your projects.
  • The App bar is your hub for viewing project syncing activity, managing the compositions in your project, accessing settings and preferences. publishing or exporting your content, and granting project access to collaborators. 
Audio only-projects look slightly different

If your working on an audio-only project, the editor will work the same, but you won't see the Canvas, Scene rail, or Scenes tab in the sidebar. 

Drive View tour

Screenshot of the Drive View segmented in 3 sections: topbar, sidebar, and project panel

The Drive view is your central hub where manage your projects, teams, subscriptions, and more. In this part of the app, you'll notice three main sections: 

  1. In the Project panel, create new projects or jump back into existing ones. You can also search for projects and have options for keeping everything organized—move, rename, or delete projects and adjust project access as needed.
  2. From the sidebar, you can switch between drives, purchase new drives, invite team members, and access different tab in the drive:
    • Projects: this is like your homepage where you can see all projects you have access to.  
    • Quick recordings: here you'll find all recordings you make with the Quick recorder, Descript's stand alone recorder creating recordings on the fly.
    • Learn Descript: here you can find learning material to explore workflows and feature so you'll be a Descript pro in no time. 
    • AI speakers: this is where you can see any custom AI voices you have to and you can use to generate speech just by typing.
    • Templates: if you're on a Pro drive or other paid subscription, this is where you can create custom templates that you can use to speed up your workflow.
    • Workspaces: these are storage areas on your drive. Projects in the Private workspace limits access 
  3. At the top of the Drive view you can search for projects, customize your App settings and manage your subscriptions and teams.
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