Syncing audio and video from a single-camera shoot

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What you'll need before getting started

  • The audio file(s) from your recording.
  • The video file(s) from your recording.

1. Create a sequence and add your files

Create a sequence and tracks

When starting a project, you can import files, transcribe them, and create a sequence all in one step. However, sometimes you need to manually create a sequence, add your files, and transcribe only specific files. This is helpful when you have multiple related files of different lengths and start times. To manually create your sequence and add tracks, follow these steps:

  1. Open or create a project.
  2. From the sidebar, select Projects > ... > Create Sequence.
  3. In the Sequence editor, name the sequence.
  4. Select + New track to create tracks for each of your files and name each track.

Add your files to the sequence

adding files to sequence tracks

  1. Find the files on your device.
  2. Drag and drop the file onto your tracks in the Sequence Editor.
  3. Repeat this for any other files you need to add to the sequence.

 Transcribe your audio file(s)

transcribing from the sequence editor

  1. Select + Add media in the top right corner of the Sequence Editor.
  2. Find there audio file you in your project files.
  3. Select Vertical ellipses icon.pngto the right of the file name, and choose Transcribe file.
  4. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 for any other files you need to transcribe.

2. Sync and edit the files

Sync up the video and audio files

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  1. Make sure to have the Select tool icon Select tool active.
  2. Drag the track files to align them with the other track content.
  3. Playback the sequence to listen and make sure the tracks are in sync.
  4. Continue to adjust your tracks as necessary.

Mute your video tracks

Muting sequence tracks

  1. Select the video track.
  2. Enable Mute track icon Mute track  from the sidebar.
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2 for any other video tracks you've added to the sequence.

3. Create a composition from your sequence

Create a composition from a sequence in the Project panel

  1. If you are still in the Sequence Editor, click Done to return to the main editor.
  2. From the Projects tab icon.png Project panel, locate your sequence in the 2023-05-23_16-40-36.png Sequences folder
  3. Select you sequence choose Insert into script.

Tips and Best practices

  • Clearly name all your files, tracks, and sequences.
  • If you exit the Sequence Editor, but then you want to make further adjustments, you can access your sequences from the Project panel. Once you find your sequence, select it and press Edit sequence.
  • As you bring files into your sequence, if Descript detects mic bleed (when a microphone picks up another speaker's voice) a prompt will pop up in the bottom right corner to detect and remove double transcriptions. We highly recommend using this feature to avoid issues assigning Speaker labels.
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