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The wordbar

The wordbar tells you exactly what words a waveform represents, and it's for quickly adding or removing space between words.

Adjusting word boundaries and alignment

Descript automatically aligns your transcript with your script audio so that your edits remove only the portion of audio corresponding with a given word. In the event that a word is improperly aligned, you can make adjustments to its start and end boundaries in the wordbar, to assure your transcript, captions or exported subtitles are lined up correctly.

To adjust a word’s alignment:

  1. Zoom in on the word in the timeline until it has been ungrouped from other words around it.
  2. Hover your cursor over a start or end word boundary.
  3. After pressing the Command (macOS) or Control (Windows) key, you will see the trim icon appear.
  4. Click and drag the word boundary to the desired position above the waveform below.


Word-level adjustment

Word boundary adjustments must be performed on a per-word basis. You may need to zoom in a little on the timeline to get the trim tool to appear in tightly spaced words.

Adjusting the timing of your script from the wordbar

If you want to adjust the timing of your script, select and drag a word from the wordbar. This will either:

  • Create a gap clip if there is no associate script media over the new position of the word.
  • Trim or extend your script media if your word is being moved to a position where script media exist.


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