Creating a sequence

If have multiple tracks of narrative audio and/or video from the same interview that need to stay in sync while you editing, 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. Drag your 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 speaker labels throughout the composition.
  3. Check Combine files into a multitrack sequence to create a new sequence. If you leave the checkbox unchecked, you won't create a sequence, and your files will be added to your composition one after the other.
  4. Select Done when complete.

Screenshot showing steps for creating a sequence when importing files

Once the transcription has finished, your sequence text will be displayed in the Script Editor and the Timeline below. Now when you make edits, the files in your sequence 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 adjust individual sequence tracks from the Sequence Editor.

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.

Create the sequence and add your files

  1. Select Media Media at the top of your editor.
  2. From the Files Files tab, select the files you want to include in your sequence.
  3. Choose Create sequence
  4. Now you’ll see the Sequence Editor. If you haven’t transcribed the files, you'll be prompted in the bottom right of your screen to transcribe them.

Screenshot with steps for creating a sequence with project files

Add your sequence to your composition

  1. If you are still have the Sequence Editor open, select Done in the top right corner.
  2. Re-open Media library. From the Files Files tab, open the sequence folder, select your sequence, and click Insert into script.

Screenshot with steps for adding a sequence from your media library to your composition

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