Patient Playback

When making corrections to your transcript, it’s often helpful to listen to the associated audio simultaneously. This involves some tricky multitasking, and makes conventional transcription a frustrating exercise in stop-and-go.

To address this, Descript features Patient Playback, employing sophisticated algorithms to recognize when you’re making corrections so it can pause and slow down playback automatically — just when you need it.


Enabling Patient Playback

Patient Playback is only available if you are in Correct Text mode. To toggle this, use the Command+Option+E (Mac)/Control+Alt+E (Windows) keyboard shortcut or select Edit > Toggle Correct Text. A green border around the Script editor will indicate that you are in Correct Text mode.

To enable Patient Playback, click the speedometer icon at the top of the app and check the appropriate box. 


Next, start making corrections during playback. You'll see that the playhead slows down whenever you're typing.

Patient Playback Settings

Patient Playback offers advanced customization options which you can access by clicking the Gear icon:

  • Pause Delay - Once you start typing, how long Descript should wait before pausing audio playback. 
  • Pause Duration - How long audio playback should remain paused once you've finished typing.


Most of the time Patient Playback is all you need to edit your transcript efficiently. But sometimes it makes sense to slow down — or speed up — playback across the entire document. To learn more, read our article on Playback Speed Options