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Timeline exports

You can "non-destructively" export a composition to a format that can be opened in most major audio and video editing tools. This is different than Descript's normal Export audio feature; when you export a Timeline:

  • You get a folder with an exported copy of your source files.
  • Your original files are preserved.
  • The edits and regions in Descript carry through, so you can still tweak trims, etc.
  • Timecode values that were present in your source files are preserved in the media assets in the timeline export folder destination.

You can access the timeline export feature by clicking Publish, selecting the Export tab and then choosing Timeline from the list of options.



Setting Description


Set the file format for exporting to Pro Tools/Logic (aaf), Audition (sesx), Samplitude/Reaper (edl), Final Cut Pro X (fcpxml), or Premiere (xml)

Include media files in export

Includes the project files used in your composition in the exported folder

Create track for each file

Not available when exporting to a Final Cut Pro X file

Logic compatibility

For exporting an xml file for Logic Pro; strips spaces from filenames

Considerations when exporting to Pro Tools

Some Pro Tools editions do not support AAF file exchange. Please see Pro Tool's plan comparison for more details.

XML Interchange Feature Chart


Feature Final Cut Pro X Premiere Pro
Audio effects No No
Audio keyframes No No
Captions Yes No
Clip speed No No
Clip trimming Yes Yes
Frame rate conversion No Yes
HDR tone mapping No No
Images No No
Loops No No
Markers Yes Yes
Automatic microfades No No
Room tone No No
Scenes No No
Sequences No No
Shapes No No
Speed No No
Studio sound No No
Titles No No
Transitions No No
Video clips Yes Yes
Video effects No No

Need to export to Davinci Resolve?

While Descript doesn't officially support exporting to DaVinci Resolve (yet), click here to learn how to export to Davinci Resolve.

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