Exporting video

You can export your content as mp4 video files by clicking Publish, selecting the Export tab and then choosing Video from the list of options.

Publishing panel showing steps to export video

Export settings


Setting Description


Current composition Default behavior and exports your currently selected composition
Current selection Select a range of text in your composition to export as video
Current scene Export the currently selected scene
Markers Export individual video files for each of the Markers in the currently selected composition
Line breaks Export individual video files for each section of text separated by line breaks within your composition
All compositions Batch export a file for each composition in your project.
Resolution* Export a 480p, 720p, 1080p, or 4k video
Setting icon Quality (video) Set file quality to low, medium, or high
Setting icon Quality (audio):  
Channels 1(mono) or 2(stereo)
Sample rate 44100 or 48000
Audio bitrate 32 kbps, 48 kbps, 64 kbps, 96 kbps, 128 kbps, 160 kbps, 192 kbps, or 256 kbps
Normalize volume Set normalization to off, peak, -14 LUFS, -16 LUFS, -18 LUFS, -23 LUFS, -24 LUFS
Setting icon Add metadata Enable/disable metadata and include a show title, episode title, description, or markers as chapters

*Users on the Free plan are limited to 720p export.

Maximum export resolution

If you find that your export resolution options are limited on the export menu (greyed out), you will need to increase the resolution of your Composition's video settings. This will assure that your shape and text clips, as well as video and image assets render at the configured resolution when exported. 

Video watermark

Videos exported from projects stored on a Free drive, or exported by basic members of a Creator or Pro drive, will include a Descript watermark in the bottom right-hand corner. Upgrading to a paid Creator or Pro subscription will remove the watermark from any future exports.

Embedded subtitles

Subtitle cards are automatically embedded into the exported video file. This means that services that support embedded subtitles may allow the user to enable or disable the subtitle text.

Descript's embedded subtitles are not burned into the video. Burned subtitles are permanently visible in your video and cannot be removed. Descript supports adding custom captions if you want to add burned subtitles to your video. 

How do I format embedded subtitles?

Embedded subtitles only contain the text and timestamp data. Once you have imported your video into the destination application (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, or other editing, broadcast or hosting platform) you should have the ability to modify your display properties including text formatting.

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