Optimized assets in Descript

When using Descript, you might notice that the quality of your media files occasionally appears different from what you expected, like slightly pixelated visuals or lower audio quality. This is often a result of Descript's project file management, which helps improve the app's performance.

What Are optimized files?

When you import a file or record in Descript, the app will also create an optimized version of the file or recording. The optimized file is used while you're editing to enhance app performance, and may result in slightly pixelated visuals or lower audio quality. The optimized file helps for a smoother editing experience in app but doesn't affect the quality of your final exports.

Export or publish your project to check resolution

You can always export or publish you project if you want to see its final resolution. Descript uses imported file or recording when exporting or publishing, not the optimized version.

Disabling optimized files

If you are using a high-performance computer and prefer not to use optimized assets, you can disable this feature. Keep in mind that not using optimized files may slowdown app.

To disable optimized files, follow these steps:

From the Drive view

Screeshot of Descript Drive view with numbered steps for opening app settings.

  1. Select your profile icon in the top right corner, choose Settings
  2. From the General tab, turn off Optimize video files for playback in the Advanced section.

From the editor

Screenshot of Descript editor with numbered steps for toggling off optimized assets.

  1. Open a project and select Descript D icon.png > Settings.
  2. From the General tab, turn off Optimize video files for playback in the Advanced section.

Manually create optimized files

If you disable optimized files, you can manually create optimized assets from the Media library.

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