Removing filler words

For now, filler word removal only works in English.

Descript will analyze your script and identify unnecessary “um”s and “uh”s in your composition. These filler words will have a light-blue underline in the Script Editor.

You can review and remove all detected filler words in a composition or project by selecting additional_editing_features.png and choosing Remove filler words…; or, you can select Search_icon.png and choose to search for filler words.

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From there, you’ll be able to see a list of all the detected filler words in the sidebar and select how you'd like to proceed.

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You can preview each section where a filler word was identified and deal with it in one of three ways:

Remove Media

Delete* Remove both the text and the audio
Delete and... replace with gap When selected, deleted script content will be replace with a gap clip. Learn more about gap clips 
Ignore Strikethrough the text in the transcript while muting the corresponding filler word. This is useful for seeing what filler words you've removed and makes it early to bring them back if you change your mind

Correct transcript

Correct/remove the filler word/phrase only from the transcript. You’ll still hear it during playback

*You can replace the filler word with a gap clip of the same size; this helps smooth out the cuts in audio. Any associated video will remain unchanged (but without audio).


What are considered filler words?

While filler word removal is offered to all members, Pro subscribers get advanced contextual search algorithms to identify additional filler words and phrases in your compositions. Below is the list of filler words detect for each plan:

Free Creator Pro
    Repeated words
"mmm" "mmm" "mmm"
"um" "um" "um"
"uh" "uh" "uh"
"hm" "hm" "hm"
    "but you know"
    "I guess"
    "I mean"
    "I suppose"
    "kind of"
    "or something"
    "sort of"
    "you know"
    "you know what I mean"
    "you see"
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