Currently selected scene displayed in the canvas.
A change to a visual layer’s properties between the start and end points.
The mode that allows you to adjust the properties of an animation.
Editor header that gives you access to media, shapes, and text to add to your composition, plus the recorder and templates. You can also publish or export your composition, invite collaborators, and change your settings or preferences.
An audio feature that automatically adjusts the volume for individual audio clips in your timeline
Automatic microfades Non-visible fades Descript applies between clips. These fades assure you don’t get popping noises during playback.
Base layer color of a scene.
Type of drive member; basic members can comment on projects and have limited transcription, editing, recording, and exporting capabilities on projects they created. They can also invite more basic members to the drive. The drive owner can add basic members for free.
A timeline tool that splits your clip where you click.
Editor panel where you can arrange and adjust the visuals in your scenes; not visible on audio-only compositions.
Live text connected to your composition’s script.
The visible or audible section of a project file used in a layer or track.
Comments made on a published page’s transcript.
Comments on a Script, added in and viewable in a project
The main work area in Descript; a composition is where you edit and assemble (and potentially even create) your content.
The person submitting their voice to create a custom AI Speaker.
Feature that copies all the highlighted sections of your script to your clipboard.
Script Editor tool for making transcript corrections; doesn’t affect the underlying script media.
Feature that detects transcription errors so you can quickly review and correct them.
Feature that detaches audio from a video; after detaching, Descript will turn your video into a multitrack sequence with the video and audio on separate tracks.
Central storage for projects, templates, quick recordings, and AI Speakers you create in Descript.
Descript user who has been given access to a drive.
Descript user who has administrative privileges of a drive.
Central hub for project organization in Descript.
An issue that occurs when, in a multitrack sequence, a speaker's voice can be heard across multiple tracks, causing inaccurate assignment of speaker labels.
Drive membership type; editor members add monthly transcription time to the drive. editors can create/edit projects, transcribe files, and invite basic members to the drive. Adding editors creates an additional subscription charge for the drive owner.
Feature used to alter or enhance audio properties.
Feature used to alter or enhance video properties.
A visual or audio layer that extends over multiple scenes.
Filler word detection
Feature that quickly identifies potential filler words (e.g., ”um,” “like,” “you know”) in a composition or project.
Feature that takes an edited composition or script track and creates a brand new consolidated file in your composition, overwriting existing timeline edits.
A silent clip you can add to the script track or media layers.
Feature that uses AI to remove a video’s background.
A preview area for Scene thumbnails located to the side of the script.
Timeline tool that allows you to adjust the horizontal view of the timeline by click and dragging on the timeline.
Tool panel that appears when you highlight a section of text in the script editor.
Feature that puts strikethroughs text in your transcript and non-destructively deletes the associated Script media.
A feature that allows you to sync an existing transcript with its corresponding media; this does not count towards monthly subscription hours free of charge.
Parenthetical annotations in your script editor that do not affect the text/audio sync of your Script media.
Section of the app bar that allows you to add media files, templates, shapes, text, and record directly in Descript.
Nonsense audio that replaces words not included in AI Speaker's 1,000-word vocabulary on Free and Creator accounts.
Start and end frame that defines the properties at the start and end of the animation as well as the animation’s duration.
A layer contains the visual and audio elements you use to create content within a composition.
Feature that allows multiple users to edit and comment on projects at the same time.
Editing while recording in the main app (transcription must be enabled).
Feature that transcribes your in-app recording in realtime.
The primary window where you interact with your compositions.
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Indicators used to break your composition into segments or mark important moments.
Library in your project where you can view and access your project files, sequences, and stock media.
Feature that replaces recorded audio with AI-generated speech audio that sounds just like your voice.
A published standalone web page of a Descript composition with a shareable link and embeddable web player.
Text associated with your script that can be replaced with AI Speech or transcribed media files.
Indicates where playback will begin when you next press play.
Container for the content you create in Descript; stores all of your media files and your compositions.
A Descript user’s ability to view and edit a project.
Audio or visuals you import into your project and the recordings you create directly in Descript.
Sharable link for accessing a Descript project.
User who created a project or has been transferred project ownership.
Feature that allows to to search for text, word gaps, or filler words in a composition or project.
Define the look and sound of your composition’s media along with the media’s duration and position.
Editor panel that allows you to view and adjust properties of almost everything you select in your project.
Command menu that give you access to a host of navigation, search and editing features.
Descript’s standalone recorder; allows you to make video or screen recordings without opening the main app, by clicking the Descript logo on your computer’s menu bar.
Quick Recordings (Drive view tab)
Drive view section that contains recording made with the quick recorder.
Timeline tool used to select portions of video or audio layers in the timeline.
Record to scene
Recording a video or audio layer within a scene.
Record to script
Recording a video or audio layer to your script track.
Recorder in the main editor capable of recording multitrack audio, video, or screen recordings.
Panel that displays the recording settings in your main editor and allows you to start/stop a recording.
Recordings (folder in Private Workspace)
The default location for recordings you make with the quick recorder.
Feature that loads in a new file, replaces the project files in use, and deletes the replaced file.
Replace Script Track
Feature that lets you replace a range of the script track with new audio/video using roughly the same script.
Feature that allows you to replace a file’s transcription with a new transcription.
Segments of your video created by hitting the / key or clicking + in the script track; allow you to add and adjust media layers in your video without touching the timeline”.
Start or end point of a scene.
Visual representation of scenes in the script editor.
The fundamental, underlying element of editing in Descript; keeps all visuals, audio, and scenes aligned in your composition.
Editor panel where you edit your media by editing text, correct and adjust your transcript, and add or correct audio with AI Speakers.
Unique track that contains the script media in a composition.
Timeline tool used to quickly select layers and clips in the timeline.
A virtual container that keeps grouped tracks in sync with each other while you edit in a composition.
Descript’s multitrack editing view and workspace.
Timeline tool that shifts the portion of a project file played within a clip.
Feature that uses AI to identify speakers and apply speaker labels in a transcribed file.
Labels that identify speakers in your media files or allow you to AI speech using an AI Speaker.
Keyboard shortcut for playing back a short snippet of media from your current playhead's position. (Mac: Shift + Command + Space; Windows: Shift + Control + Space)
Media from our integrated cloud libraries in the media library that’s available for your compositions.
Feature that uses AI to enhance speakers' voices while reducing and removing background noise, room echo, and other sounds you don't want.
Feature that allows you to label ranges of non-speech media in the script track; help assure that speech text is not misattributed to non-speech sections of your text.
A collection of pre-made scenes that you can apply to scenes in a composition.
Stores all the templates you can use in a composition.
Special projects where you assemble a collection of scenes into a template.
Editor panel where you can make fine edits to timing, make adjustments to your wordbar, and apply effects and transitions.
Export feature that non-destructively exports a composition to a format that can be opened in most major audio and video editing tools.
Tracks Individual audio and video rows in the sequence editor.
The text transcription associated with your script.
A collection of terms you can create to help Descript correctly detect tough-to-transcribe words.
Monthly transcription time available for a drive.
A visual effect you can apply when moving between scenes and clips.
A small white circle that appears when you hover your mouse over the top-corner of a clip in the timeline. Clicking a handle allows you to adjust it's properties, and dragging a handle allows you to manually adjust the duration of the transition.
Tool that allows you to adjust clip lengths from the timeline.
Panel in Descript that allows you to view and restore previous version of a project.
The recorded content statement that is required when submitting a custom AI Speaker for training review. Only applicable for speakers created before version 75 of Descript.
A keyframe used for volume automation; it defines the audio level at a specific point in time.
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The timeline area and tool showing what words are represented by the script audio. You can also use it to adjust word boundaries and word gaps.
Start and endpoints of words used to align your transcription to the script track's media.
Gaps between words in your script.
Areas of a drive that allow you to manage the privacy of your projects within team-accessible drives.
Script Editor tool for writing your script from scratch using placeholder text or generating AI speech audio.