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 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.

Adding or changing labels

To add or edit a speaker label, click on the field to the left of each paragraph and typing the speaker's name. You can select a label from the dropdown list, or type a new name to add it to your list of speakers.

Adjusting label boundaries

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

Tips for manually adding labels

  • With your cursor at a speaker break, press Command + R to add a line break and change the speaker.
  • To change the speaker label on just one paragraph, hold down Shift  and press Enter , or Shift Click

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.