The Sequence Editor

The Sequence Editor provides a multitrack editing view for files contained in a Sequence. Many of the same tools available in the main Timeline Editor can also be used in the Sequence Editor, such as:

Once the Sequence is created, it will be accessible from the "Sequences" folder of the Project sidebar and available to add to other Compositions in your Project. See our article 

 

Accessing the Sequence Editor

There are a few ways to access the Sequence Editor:

  • Right-clicking on a Sequence in the main timeline, then selecting Edit Sequence.
  • Clicking to select a Sequence file in the Project Sidebar.
  • Using the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + O (MacOS) / Control + Shift + O (Windows)

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Using the Sequence Editor

Once inside the Sequence Editor, you can manually adjust clips as you do in the Timeline Editor.

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The Inspector is also accessible from the Sequence Editor, which will allow you to take actions such as adding Effects or control Room Tone on individual clips within the Sequence. 

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Editing Video Sequences

Detach Audio

Descript's Detach Audio feature provides a way for users to edit a video's audio track without creating breaks in the video timeline. To accomplish this, a Sequence is created with one track serving as the video layer, and another track serving as the audio layer. Edits can then be performed independently on each track without affecting the other.

 

Multicam Editing

Users interested in editing multiple video clips from the same interview can check out our article Multicam Editing Overview to learn more.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my Timeline Editor edits not reflected in the Sequence Editor, and vice versa?

The Timeline Editor and Sequence Editor are completely independent views. A Sequence should be thought of as a container that groups multiple tracks together for editing in the main Timeline. As such you can remove sections of clips inside the Sequence Editor (such as background noise, cross-talk, or coughs) however the Sequence on it's own would still be an un-broken container.

Conversely, making edits to a Sequence in the main timeline

 

Can't I just use the Sequence Editor as a traditional multi-track editor instead of the Timeline Editor and Pinned tracks?

No. Due to the text-based editing design of Descript, the Pinned track was designed as the primary environment for adding/editing multitrack content such as images, music, B-roll, in addition to Fancy Captions, Shapes, Titles and more. The Script Track should serve as the primary location for your main program content.

While many features and tools of the Timeline Editor are available to use the Sequence Editor, there are a few notable exceptions:

  • Deleting or cutting a clip in one of the tracks does not cause the entire track to 'ripple' (shrink the gap) like it would in the normal Timeline Editor view. This assures that the entirety of your clips stay aligned for editing outside of the Sequence Editor.
  • You cannot initiate filler word removal.
  • The Wordbar is not an available option.
  • Cues are not an available option.
  • Cloud, File and Timeline export capabilities are not available from the Sequence Editor and must be initiated from a Composition that contains the Sequence.

 

Why does Descript say "No Sequence at Playhead" when I try to edit my Sequence?

A Sequence is created when you combine two or more audio tracks into a Multitrack Sequence. This message occurs when your playhead is located over a standard media file that is not a sequence file. You can tell if your clip is a sequence file by the sequence icon in the upper left-hand corner.

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If I edit the Sequence, does it affect other Compositions that use the same Sequence?

If you make edits to a Sequence, those edits are global to the Sequence and will affect all Compositions containing that Sequence.