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Share content with web links

Publishing a web link the easiest way to share your content created in Descript. You'll create a standalone page with its own unique URL you can share and even download the content up to 10x faster than exporting a video or audio local file. You can set privacy and other settings for the page (both from your Descript project and the actual published page) so people can view your work, download the content, and make comments.

Creator and Free plans may publish videos up to 1 hour. Pro and Enterprise plans may publish videos up to 3 hours. Compositions with video exceeding the length limitation will be published as audio-only.

Publishing a page

  1. Select Publish.
  2. Open the Publish tab.
  3. Select Web link from the dropdown menu.
  4. Set your title, resolution(video-only), access permissions, and other settings.
  5. Select Publish button.

Descript editor with Publishing panel open and number steps for publishing a web link

Updating a published a page

You can make updates to content, re-publish it, and preserve the original URL  in Descript . Simply follow the above steps for publishing a page after making your updates, and the page content will be re-rendered.

Page comments will not carry over

Re-publishing a page will cause any published comments to be permanently removed. Users wishing to work collaboratively with other users during the editing phase will instead want to invite collaborators to comment directly within the project. Learn more about project access.

Removing a page 

Removing a page will cause any published comments on the page to be permanently removed. If you need to remove a published page, select Publish settings in the top right corner of the published webpage, and select Unpublish

Publishing settings


Setting Description
Resolution Set the video resolution to 480p, the 720p, 1080p, or 4K
Indexed by search engines Published pages are configured to allow search engines to list the page in their results. Good for people who use Descript web links as a public hosting platform.
Anyone with the link can access Pages are configured to be excluded from search engine results. Good for sharing links to pages without requiring Descript account access to view.
Project access is required to view Pages are configured to be excluded from search engine results. Users must sign in with a Descript account and have authorization to view.
Show transcript Display you composition’s transcript on the published web page
Allow comments Allow commenting on the published web page
Show author Display the project owner’s name on the web page
Allow sharing from embeds Add a share button on embedded video or audio players of your published page
Custom branding Enable/disable showing the drive’s icon on the published web page

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.

Recording panel with red circle highlighting where to click to edit a thumbnail

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.

Download, share, or view the page

Once you've published your content, you can 2023-04-25_09-43-41.png Download the content, 2023-04-25_10-08-49.png Copy the page link, or    2023-04-25_10-10-36.png Open the page from the bottom of the publish panel.

Publishing panel with red rectangle around the download, share, and view page icons

Downloading a published page is faster than local exporting

One of the key benefits of publishing a web link and downloading your content is that it renders in the cloud. This rendering process allows you to download your content up to 10x faster than exporting a local video or audio file. Learn more about downloading a published page.

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