Publish content with Descript web links

Publishing a web link is the easiest way to share your content created in Descript. You'll create a standalone page with its own unique URL, which 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 in length. Pro and Enterprise plans may publish videos up to 3 hours long. Compositions with video exceeding the length limitation will be published as audio-only.

Publishing a page

  1. Click the Publish button at the top-right corner of the editor window.
  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.

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

Aspect ratio limitations

Publishes are limited to a canvas size of 8192 pixels. You can either export your file or re-size your canvas to a smaller resolution through the Aspect ratio and video settings menu.

Updating a published 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 be lost

Re-publishing or removing 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. You can learn more about project access.

Removing a page 

If you need to remove a published page, open the share.descript.com page and select the publish-settings-icon.png Publish settings in the top right corner of the published webpage, and select Unpublish.

Descript published page with Settings panel open and number steps for unpublishing a web link

Publishing settings

 

Setting Description
Resolution: Set the video resolution to 480p, 720p, 1080p, or 4K.
Access:  
Public Published pages are configured to allow search engines to list them in their results. This is good for people who use Descript web links as a public hosting platform.
Anyone with the link Pages are configured to be excluded from search engine results. This is good for sharing links to pages without requiring Descript account access to view them.
Project access required Pages are configured to be excluded from search engine results. Users must sign in with a Descript account and have authorization to view.
Settings:
Show transcript Display your 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.

Changing default publish permissions

Drive owners can change the default publish privacy setting for all projects on their drive. To do so, click on the D menu of an open project and select Settings. Click on the Subscription tab, locate the Default publish privacy field and click the dropdown to change your drive-level default.

Setting default publish privacy on the Drive subscription settings menu.

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 preview to move through your video.
  4. Select Use frame once you find the frame you want to use.

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 10 times faster than exporting a local video or audio file. You can learn more about downloading a published page.

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