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Creating a Sequence

If you're looking to combine multiple tracks of narrative audio and/or video from the same interview, sequences provide a simple way to keep your media synced together. A sequence acts like a virtual container for two or more separate tracks so that you can edit everything in a unified transcript and timeline.

How to create a sequence

  1. Select and then drag the media files into a composition.
  2. In the transcription confirmation window, Descript will prompt you to provide speaker labels for each of the files. This will automatically set your speaker labels throughout the composition.
  3. Check Combine files into a multitrack sequence to create a new sequence in your project, then click Done when complete.

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Descript will automatically add the newly created sequence to the composition. If you leave the checkbox unchecked, your files will be added one after the other in the timeline.

Once the transcription has finished, your sequence text will be displayed in the Script Editor and the Timeline below. Now when you make edits, your files will be linked together so that they always stay in sync.

Re-aligning files

If the underlying sequence tracks need to be realigned (because the recordings did not start at the same moment in time) you can follow these instructions to nudge your files back into alignment.

Creating a sequence after you’ve imported project files

If you have already imported project files, you can create a sequence from the media library:

  1. Open the Media Library at the top of your editor screen and view the project files tab.
  2. Select the files you want to include in your sequence.
  3. Create the sequence:
      1. If you haven’t transcribed the files, right-click with the selected files and choose Transcribe files. Next, select Create multi-track sequence and then select Done.

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      2. If your files are already transcribed, highlight the files and select Create multi-track sequence.

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  4. Now you’ll see the sequence editor. Make any necessary edits in the sequence editor and select Done in the top right corner.
  5. Re-open the media library and view the project files tab.
  6. Open the sequence folder, select your sequence, and click Insert into script.

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  • What if during recording you have a tech issues that breaks up one of the speaker into multiple tracks... so now you have 2-3 tracks for Speaker 1 and then the 1 track for Speaker 2.

    In the new or classic version, I cannot get them lined up properly... taken so much time and haven't figured it out.

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