Publishing to YouTube

Descript lets you publish videos directly to your YouTube channels. Creator and Free plans may publish videos up to 1 hour. Pro and Enterprise plans may publish videos up to 3 hours. Exceeding the length limitation will prevent the video from being published directly to YouTube. 

Video resolution

  • Free users can publish videos up to 720p.
  • Creator, Pro, and Enterprise users can publish videos up to 4k.

Please note that you will need to set your video resolution from your composition's aspect ratio and video settings.

Publishing your video

  1. Select Publish.
  2. Open the Publish tab.
  3. Select YouTube from the dropdown menu.
  4. Customize your video settings
  5. You may need to sign into your Google account:
    1. Select Sign in button and a webpage will open that asks to grant Descript access
    2. Select Allow.
    3. If you have multiple YouTube channels under the email, you'll then be asked choose your account or a brand account. You'll be prompted to open Descript.
    4. Open the app.
  6. Select Publish button.

Publish panel with steps showing how to publish to YouTube

Publishing to YouTube will also publish privately to Descript

When you publish directly to YouTube, will also create a standalone published page. Learn more about published web pages in Descript.

YouTube publishing settings


Setting Description
Access Set the YouTube privacy setting of your video
Title The title of your video 
Title (next to thumbnail) Title of your Descript published page
Description Info that shows below your video
Category Select a category so viewers can find your video more easily
Tags Add descriptive keywords to help with search

Title length limit when publishing to YouTube

Please note that Youtube's title have a maximum length of 100 characters and must contain all valid UTF-8 characters except < and >. If your video title exceeds that character limit or invalid characters, your publish will fail.

Adding a thumbnail

By default, your page's thumbnail will be the first frame of your video. You can customize the thumbnail by clicking on its preview image.

Publishing panel highting how to change a thumbnail when publishing to YouTube

Use a frame from your video

  1. Click on the thumbnail in the publish panel.
  2. Select Change frame.
  3. Use the slider at the bottom of the video preview to move through your video.
  4. Once you find the frame you want to use, select Use frame.

Upload a custom thumbnail

  1. Click on the thumbnail in the publish panel.
  2. Select Upload.
  3. Choose the image you want to use.

Create video chapters

Any markers in your composition will automatically be converted to Video Chapters when you publish directly to YouTube. Learn about adding markers to your content.

Reset Google access permissions

If you would like to remove Descript's access permissions., you can do so from your Google account settings. Learn more about Managing third-party access to your Google account.

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