Timeline Export

Descript allows you to "non-destructively" export a Composition to a format that can be opened in most major audio and video editing tools. This is different than Descript's normal Export Audio feature; when you export a Timeline:

  • You get a folder with an exported copy of your source files.
  • Your original files are preserved.
  • The edits / regions in Descript carry through, so you can still tweak trims, etc.
  • Fades carry through (crossfade export not supported at this time).

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What Timeline Export formats does Descript support?

  • AAF: This is the main universal DAW file format. You can open AAF files in ProTools, Logic, and many other DAWs.
  • SESX: Adobe Audition, and Hindenburg.
  • Samplitude EDL: Reaper, Cakewalk, and various video editing apps.
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Premiere

 

Are there any major editors that I can't export to?

Here's the known list:

  • GarageBand: It's an entry level tool and unlikely they'll support importing other file formats.
  • Audacity: Currently Audacity does not support the import of EDL (edit decision list).
  • Avid Media Composer

 

What features are not currently supported in Timeline Export?

Audio
  1. Fades not supported in Premiere
  2. Volume Automation
  3. Effects (compression and equalization)
Subtitles
  1. FCP only
Video
  1. Titles
  2. Cues
  3. Video tracks without audio
  4. Images
  5. Video dissolves & opacity
  6. Layering
  7. Scale/Rotate/Positioning
  8. Multicam