Canvas overview

The Canvas contains all of a scene’s visual elements — the video, templates, titles, fancy captions, images, shapes, and so on. You can arrange and adjust the elements by clicking on them in the Canvas. It’s the primary work area for assembling and editing video in Descript, and it works kind of like a slide in a presentation app like PowerPoint.

The Canvas in the editor

Please note that the Canvas will not be visible in audio only compositions.

Canvas toolbar

The canvas toolbar allows you to quickly adjust the layout properties, which includes size, position, rotation, cropping, and angle rounding, of a selected visuals and to access additional canvas tools.

screenshot of Descript's canvas with red rectangle highlighting the canvas toolbar

Canvas visual media types

Script track visuals will have a purple border when you select them in the Canvas. All other visuals will have a blue border when selected.

2 Screenshots of the Descript canvas with a script track video and b-roll layer selected

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