Speaker Labels

Descript makes it easy to automatically or manually add speaker labels to your transcripts.

Descript's speaker labels are smart; once you add them to a transcript, they'll follow your content along as you cut/copy/paste into different Compositions and Projects.

Automatically adding speaker labels to your transcript

To automatically identify speakers and add labels to a transcript, select "detect multiple speakers" when adding a new file. After a minute or two, Descript will launch you into the Speaker Detective.

Manually adding speaker labels

To add a speaker label, click on the field to the left of each paragraph and type the speaker's name or type a new name to add it to your list of speakers.

Changing speaker labels

If you would like to change a speaker label, you can click on the label of the speaker then either:

  • Click on the new label in the dropdown list if you want to change all of the paragraphs in that speakers group, or
  • Hold Shift and then click the new speakers name if you want to change only the single paragraph you've selected.

Adjusting label boundaries

To move a speaker boundary a few words in either direction, simply drag and drop the label to the correct boundary.


Creating a line break in the middle of a paragraph

With your cursor at a speaker break, press Command + R to add a line break and change the speaker.

Editing Speaker Labels

Want to add, delete, or merge multiple speaker labels at once? Head to the Edit speakers menu (available via the @ panel or by clicking on any existing speaker label).

You can also rename speakers in this menu by simply clicking on a name and editing it as desired — your changes will be applied to all instances of that speaker label.