Transcribing and correcting files


Descript Transcription is accurate, fast and provides the foundation for the editing workflows that make Descript such a powerful media creation platform.

While there are a few ways to generate a transcript for your recordings, this article will focus primarily on Automatic (AI-based) transcription. Check out our other articles on White Glove transcription and Importing a transcript for even more ways to add a transcription to your media.


Transcribing a file

To get started, drag the file into a new Composition (or select Choose a file and navigate to your media file). Once your file has been added to the Composition you will be prompted to Transcribe in the left-hand sidebar.


If your file contains more than one speaker, click the Detect Speakers checkbox to specify the number of speakers in the recording. This helps Descript narrow down sections of audio that may contain different speakers for later identification.


Multitrack Recordings

Descript even allows you to transcribe two or more audio tracks simultaneously and combine them into a single unified transcript for easy editing. Check out our article on Sequences to learn more.


Correcting the transcript

AI transcription is great, but it can occasionally make mistakes so the following will help you quickly resolve any spelling, punctuation or capitalization issues you may encounter.


Correct text

When you've located a portion of the script that you would like to correct, highlight the text and then press the Correct button in the popover dialog. Make your corrections in the text box then press Correct or the Enter key to apply the changes.


Even better, Descript will pause when you correct a word during playback and then automatically resume from the point of correction once you're done.


Punctuation toggle

You can also quickly adjust punctuation by typing it into the script or holding the W button and clicking a word to alternate between a space, comma and period character.



Capitalization toggle

Similarly, you can hold the Q button and click a word to toggle capitalization on or off.Toggle-Capitalization.gif


Transcription Glossary

The Transcription Glossary allows you to specify tough-to-translate words to help improve the chance that they will be translated correctly. Check out our article on Transcription Glossary to learn more.


Speaker Label shortcut

Speaker Detective is great but may not always catch every speaker or format your paragraphs perfectly. If you're looking for a quick way to make a correction, or if you prefer to add speakers manually, click the section of text where you'd like to add a newline / label and press Command + R (Mac) / Control + R (Win).


We also have a whole article in the help center dedicated to working with Speaker Labels if you want to become a Pro so feel free to check it out.


Advanced Tips for even faster transcript editing

If you're looking to get really fast with editing transcripts, check out our article Keyboard shortcuts for quick transcript correction for helpful tips.



Q: Can I still use the old Correct Text mode?
A: You can toggle Correct Text mode either in the Edit menu ("
Toggle Correct Text"), or using the Command+Option+E keyboard shortcut