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Descript

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Transcription management and video & audio editing software

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Descript FAQs

How much is Descript?

Descript has the Free basic version available. Other pricing plans include $12 per editor per month for the Creator account, $24 per editor per month for the Pro account, and Enterprises can contact Descript for a custom pricing plan when there are 10+ user teams. Pricing plans vary according to the number of user teams and available features.


How do I use Descript?

Sign up for Descript for free using a Google account or with email credentials. Once you've installed the software on your computer, you can access the local or cloud version in your browser.


Is Descript free?

Yes, there is a free version of Descript. Other pricing plans include $12 per editor per month for the Creator account, $24 per editor per month for the Pro account, and Enterprises can contact Descript for a custom pricing plan when there are 10+ user teams. Pricing plans vary according to number of user teams and available features.


What can Descript do?

Descript is an all-in-one software for editing videos, audio, recording screens, and transcribing. Descript is used by businesses and educators as well as podcasters and vloggers.


Does Descript work for video?

Yes, Descript works for video. Descript provides video-making and editing capabilities alongside a video word processor.


Can you record directly into Descript?

Yes, you can record directly into Descript with their remote recording feature.


Does Descript work in other languages?

The Descript platform itself is only available in English. However, the tool provides support for automatic transcription in 23 different languages, including German, French, and Spanish.

Descript product overview

Price starts from

15

Per month

Flat Rate

What is Descript?

Descript is a transcription management and video editing software that is designed for businesses in multiple industries, such as marketing, sales, user research, online learning, and customer support. It helps team members collaborate on projects, send feedback, create shared folders, add comments, and track document versions.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Chat
Phone Support
Email/Help Desk
FAQs/Forum
Knowledge Base

Training options

Documentation
Live Online
Webinars
Videos

Descript pricing information

Value for money

4.6

/5

166

Starting from

15

Per month

Flat Rate

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Descript features

Functionality

4.6

/5

166

Total features

60

6 categories

Most valued features by users

Third-Party Integrations
API
Drag & Drop
Data Import/Export
Collaboration Tools
AI Voices
AI/Machine Learning
Annotations

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Descript users reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

/5

166

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9.43/10
Rating distribution

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4

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Pros
It's wonderful to have the whole project in the cloud with comments shared like a Google Doc for collaboration. The automatic transcription works pretty well with clear speakers.
Filler word removal has been great. Its great for recording scripted ads too as I can quickly punch in/out to get the right cadence and ultimately the best take.
And when I asked a sound technician to check my quality he was impressed with the sound. The room tone is a great addition.
Cons
I lost at least 8 hours of work. I contacted tech support and their discord server.
The most annoying to me is that the window always opens in the default size (i.e. small) and never remembers the sizing or positioning that I choose every time I open it.
After a friday and weekend of panic and frustration, the project did open.

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Cameron S.

CEO

Marketing and Advertising, 1-10 employees

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The podcast editing tool that has helped us scale our podcast editing agency

Reviewed 2 years ago

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Cameron: My name is Cameron, and I'm a podcast editor. I give Descript a five out of five. For more reviews...

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Stu R.

Podcast Editor

Media Production, self-employed

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Game changer!

Reviewed 3 years ago

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Stu: Hi, my name's Stu. I'm a podcast producer. I would rate Descript five out of five. And for more...

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Suzi L.

Oil & Energy, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Descript is an excellent tool that is quite easy to use.

Reviewed a year ago

The audio editing and transcribing program Descript is fantastic. In order to clean up an audio recording, it helps to be able to modify a transcript and search for filler words and recurring phrases.

Pros

I appreciate that it is a software-based service that I can have on my laptop and work on whenever I feel the urge to do so. When attempting to detect speakers, its auto transcript performs quite quickly and accurately.

Cons

Unfortunately, the transcript isn't flawless. In order to get an exact translation, human editing is necessary. It's also inferior to programs like Audacity and Adobe Audition for fine-tuning audio.

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Aemyn C.

Online Media, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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The future of podcasting is still just over the horizon

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, using Descript is a super positive experience. We're able to preview episode scripts with clients which makes the approval process a better experience for them. Our scriptwriters are able to work directly with the audio and transcript at the same time and when they're done, we can export the raw project for cleanup and sound design in an external DAW which is awesome forethought from Descript. With other projects, editing and sound design and exporting can be done entirely in Descript and I'm really happy with the results. Despite its limitations and bugs, I still struggle not to recommend Descript to anyone making a podcast. Whatever you're doing, there is a good chance you will find a place for it in your process, just maybe not as much or as reliably as you would like.

Pros

Descript is a strong collection of audio tools that just weren't available when I started making podcasts. The ability to organise, collaborate and publish an audio project in the cloud with a friendly interface is great and used to be a huge pain to figure out. Editing audio with the transcript and the waveform at the same time allows you to skip a bunch of technicalities and focus on your creativity. Video capabilities expand the possibilities, and the overall suite of tools make me rethink entirely what podcast editing can or should be in a good way.

Cons

Stability is the biggest problem I have with this. After working on about a lot of different projects with different collaborators, I'm still coming up against things that make it freeze, make it crash, or break a project (usually salvageable at least), and end up needing to work around issues to keep things rolling. Also, while Descript has a lot of features, in comparison to any long-standing audio...

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Kelli D.

Entertainment, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Best audio trancription for the money

Reviewed 7 months ago
Pros

We use descript for two things: audio transcription (sometimes many hours a month) and for text based video and audio editing for staff who are less tech savvy. It works beautifully for both things.

Cons

I get so frustrated with the CONSTANT moving around of features and the sunsetting of classic might even make us switch projects. The editing aspect especially, we use it because it makes sense for folks who are more word (rather than visually) focused and for less tech savvy employees who just need to take out a word here or there or trim a video. The constant messing around with the environment confuses folks!

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Nathan C.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Potential game changer for podcast editing

Reviewed 3 years ago

The concept is amazing and could save hours on a podcast edit… but, it just doesn't work correctly or as you would expect a lot of the time. Once the automated transcription improves and the workflow stabilizes, this could potentially replace the various tools I use to edit audio and video.

Pros

The ability to edit an interview or podcast just by editing the text is incredible. The workflow is fairly straight forward – import audio file, choose how to transcribe, wait…, edit the transcript & audio in various ways, export or publish as needed.

Cons

The automated transcription is good, but not great. There are always little errors that seem obvious to a human – capitalize the first letter in a sentence, don't capitalize a word in the middle of a sentence, abbreviate doctor as Dr. when a name follows, etc. – and they seem to always show up, even when they've been corrected previously, so it's unclear whether the 'machine' is actually 'learning'. The...

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Bryan G.

Apparel & Fashion, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Makes editing a podcast so much easier!

Reviewed 3 years ago

It's been great. We started a podcast with no background in audio production and were doing fine with Audacity, but Descript just changed what we felt we could do, and how much time it takes to do it. I've recommended it to many people already and I expect I'll recommend it to many more.

Pros

It's very easy to use as a novice. There are lots of functionality buried within that I know I'm not utilizing, but I don't need it to get my job done. I love the ability to edit the audio by editing text and adding music onto my podcast voice files is straightforward. This is by far the easiest editing tool I've tried.

Cons

There are lots of features that I know exist but that I don't see or that I don't know how or when I should use them. This is on me to learn, but I do wish tools would provide access to mini-tutorials from within the main workspace so that when you are working you could better identify whether that functionality you've never used might help to solve your problem.

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