Creating and using audiograms

1. Create a new composition

Every project you create in Descript starts with a single composition. You can create multiple compositions in a project when you need multiple drafts, different versions, or—in this case—an audiogram.

GIF showing how to enable and create multiple compositions

To enable multiple composition in a project, do this:

  1. Click on your project’s name in the top right of the editor and select Enable multiple compositions.
  2. The Composition panel will appear, then select + New composition.

Now, next to your project name, you'll see the name of the composition you're currently working on (in a new composition it will start off as “Untitled;” just type a name in the editor to change it). To switch between them, just click on the composition name.

2. Selecting Your Clips

There are several ways to create your clips in Descript. The two easiest are letting AI choose them for you or choosing them yourself and using good ol’ copy-and-paste to pop them into a composition.

Automatically find clips with AI Actions

Let Descript’s AI do the heavy lifting and quickly find clips in your project.

To use AI Find Good Clips:

  1. Click on Actions Icon Actions and search for Find Good Clips.
  2. If you’d like, customize the wording of the AI Action, or just click Start AI Action Icon.png and the AI will start hunting for clips.
  3. Choose Select in script to continue, or Start over if you’d like the AI find other clips
  4. Choose which composition you’d like to duplicate your clips to, and then Duplicate the clips.

Copy highlights

You can bulk-highlight sections to select clips and copy them into a new composition.

GIF showing how to use Copy Highlights feature

To use the copy highlight feature:

  1. Go through your project and highlight sections of the script you want to use as clips.
  2. Select Actions Icon.png Actions… at the top of your script, search for Copy highlights, choose to copy a single highlight color or all highlights.
  3. Open or create a new composition in your project.
  4. Paste your copied highlights into the script.
Make sure everything is spelled correctly

Descript's automatic transcription is up to 95% accurate. But occasionally, there may be a word or two that didn't get transcribed or misspelled. Your transcript impacts other features, like captions, so make sure to do a quick scan and make any needed corrections to your transcript

3. Use an audiogram template

Now that you've selected your perfect clip, it's time to make a visual representation of the audio to share with you audience. You can create a social clip from scratch, but Descript offers templates that can help you create an audiogram in just a few clicks.


GIF showing how to apply a template to a scene

To apply a template scene in your project:

  1. Open Template Logo.png Templates at the top of the editor. 
  2. Look through the available templates. the Gallery tab contains Descripts templates for audiograms, multi-cam, verticals, and more. the Drive and Private tabs contain any custom templates you have access to.
  3. Click on a thumbnail to apply the template to your scene.

If the template's aspect ratio differs from your composition, a prompt will appear at the bottom of the editor to adjust the orientation. Click match orientation to match the aspect ratio.

Turn your scenes into templates

Save time by saving your favorite scene layouts as a template. Click here to check out our guide on creating templates.

4. Write a social post. Or don’t.

You’ll probably need a social post and some clever hashtags for your audiogram. Don't worry, with Descript you can let AI do that for you. Our AI Social Post Writer will instantly generate as many social posts as you need.

GIF showing how to use AI Social Post

To use AI Social Post Writer:

  1. Click on Actions Icon.png Actions and search for Social post...
  2. If you’d like, customize the wording of the AI Action, or just click Start AI Action Icon.png and the AI will start looking for clips.

In just a moment, you’ll have some social posts you can copy and paste wherever you need them. Or keep asking it write them until you’re happy with the results.

5. Publish your audiogram

Now that your audiogram is fully baked, it’s time to publish. You can publish directly to various platforms, or download a local video file.

GIF showing how to publish your content

You can publish or export your work in just a few steps:

  1. Select Publish and choose the file type or platform you will be exporting to:
    • The Publish tab allows you to publish directly to various integrated platforms. You can also publish to the cloud, then download to your computer—it’s super-fast. Click here to learn more
    • The Export tab has various options for exporting to your computer.
  2. Adjust your export or publishing settings.
  3. Click Export or Publish button at the bottom of the Publish panel.
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