Let’s say you’ve recorded from a script, or you have an interview, and you want to edit it down - remove mistakes, make it shorter, whatever. Descript makes it very fast to make those changes, and then export your edits as a file, or as a session, so you can continue editing in your favorite workstation.
Here I have a Composition with a pretty bad reading of the Gettysburg Address - I’m going to try and clean it up.
Alright, I want to delete this false start. All I do is select what I want to delete, and press the delete key. Now it’s asking me if I want to delete the text, or the text and media - I want to delete the text and media. Now it’s gone.
A faster way to delete is with the keyboard shortcut, alt + delete. To make this edit, I hold the alt key, and press delete. You’ll also notice that whenever you make an edit to the media, you’ll see a little marker for the edit boundary.
This edit doesn’t sound quite right, so I’m going to tune it using Descript’s timeline view. To open the timeline, I click View > Timeline. Now I can go to my edit, and drag the edge of the clips to fine tune the edit.
Another way to delete media is with Descript’s “Ignore” feature. This keeps around a struckout version of the text, which can unignore to restore. It’s a nice feature if you want to experiment with different takes, or show a collaborators where you made edits.
Copy to new Composition
If you end up wanting something back that you deleted from your Composition, just go to the original file in your media library, and click “Copy to New Composition” to get an unedited version. You can easily copy between Compositions - you can even copy between Projects.
If you want to rearrange your Composition, cut, copy, and paste, all bring audio along for the ride, and work just like a word processor.
Once you’re done editing, Descript gives you multiple export options. If it’s just the way you want, you can export a file.
If you want to continue editing in Pro Tools, Audition, or another digital audio workstation, you can Export a Session. Then when you open it in your editor, your original unedited assets are referenced, and you’ll see all the edits that you made in Descript.