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Descript

Transcription management and video & audio editing software

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Descript Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Descript product overview

Price starts from

$

12

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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

4.7

/5

130

Price starts from

$

12

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Flat Rate

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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Descript features

Functionality

4.6

/5

130
Total Features61 6 categories

Most valued features by users

API
Third Party Integrations
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop
Collaboration Tools
Historical Reporting
User Management
Automatic Formatting

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Descript users reviews

Overall rating

4.8

/5

130

Positive reviews

100%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9.5/10
Rating distribution

5

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.

SS

Scott S.

And when I asked a sound technician to check my quality he was impressed with the sound. The room tone is a great addition.

CW

Catherine W.

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.

Ryan N.

Cons
I lost at least 8 hours of work. I contacted tech support and their discord server.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

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.

NC

Nathan C.

After a friday and weekend of panic and frustration, the project did open.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

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Overall Rating

Game changer!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Transcript

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

Cameron S.

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Computer Software, 1-10 employees

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Overall Rating

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

Reviewed 3 months 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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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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

Reviewed 8 months ago

Descript helps my team collaborate with clients on their podcast episodes. Hosts give us their recordings and then they leave us feedback in the form of comments on the transcript. It makes communication clear for everyone on our team and the collaboration features make it possible for us to have our remote team. We are able to help our clients sound their best with the filler word detection, something that would not be an effective option if we were editing with audio alone.

Pros

I love how easy it is to edit audio using the auto transcription. It allows for other great features like filler word and word gap detection/removal. The integration with Zapier allows us to import new media, and the publishing integrations allow us to export to hosts and other apps we use in our clients workflows.

Cons

For more advanced editing, I wish there were integrations with Adobe Audition that would make it easy to locate spots that have been commented on and then reimport or sync the changes. For our workflow, I would also love if we could utilize an API to directly integrate Descript with our workflow rather than needing to utilize Zapier.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best tool I've found for editing podcasts and producing transcripts and .srt files

Reviewed 7 months ago

I think if you come from a video or text editing background, Descript will make perfect sense to you within seconds of watching their intro vids. I come from those backgrounds and that was my experience. Yesterday I gave a training session to a colleague who also has editing experience and he immediately took to it and mastered the basics as well, despite not having a hardcore tech background. It really...

Pros

1. That it does such a good, incredibly fast job of transcribing and assigning speaker roles 2. That it combines separate audio tracks into a sequence so you can make edits to an entire production, but *also* gives you the ability to drill down into individual tracks for really fine-tuned edits. 3. That it combines audio editing and text editing into a single interface, so you can literally edit your...

Cons

1. At the end of 2020 I had some bad experiences with server-side delays and edits not being saved properly, which reminded me that some of the core functionality for this service is beyond my control because it's not happening locally. On the other hand, I haven't had any problems since (it's been about six months). 2. They update the software very frequently, and often make changes to the interface at the same time. I now just prepare myself to deal with a relocated UI element whenever there's an update, but I don't enjoy the fresh challenge each time it happens. Rapidly making incremental improvements to functionality makes sense to me, but I'm not sure it should be the approach for UI improvements since that can be so destabilizing to a user's workflow.

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Not yet stable enough for professional use

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

This is could be a game changing piece of software. it combines transcription and audio editing into one. The option to collaborate in the cloud like a google doc opens up many possibilities. But there is one big downside....

Cons

It is not yet reliable enough. There have been two occasions in last few months where Descript just stopped working. I lost days' worth of work on broadcast critical projects. The first time an entire project wouldn't open and just hung. That meant all of the work for an entire podcast episode was inaccessible. I contacted tech support and tweeted them. I heard nothing back. After a friday and weekend...

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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For Perfect Transcriptions

Reviewed 8 months ago

This is a must-have product that will simplify your life. You won't realize how much time it saves until you use it. Fortunately, there is a fantastic free trial to try it out. The shortcuts are really useful and will save you a significant amount of time. There is a lot to learn, but once you do, the software will save your life.

Pros

1. Descript's key feature is how it transcribes your audio and converts it into an editable word document. I was astounded to discover how simple it was to effectively cut and paste words while simultaneously moving the audio waveforms. 2. It makes use of the Google speech to text engine, which has been demonstrated to be the market leader in numerous studies. 3. Transcripts are attractive and are designated by individuals. With just one click, you can securely send transcripts with video or audio.

Cons

1. It becomes slow with time, and you must pay to utilize it on a regular basis. 2. Although the automatic, entry-level version of Descript has a transcribing accuracy of roughly 95%, there are still grammatical problems. 3. It takes longer than I expected to look over transcriptions and revise them later, so I have to spend more time correcting the transcripts even during my working hours.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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project editor for visual learners

Reviewed 7 months ago

Overall it's an innovative product and a lot more cost-effective than others on the market. It may not be perfect but it has helped me a lot in my projects. A clever virtual multi-tool for creators.

Pros

I like that I can edit a video based on the visual transcription, The AI and that while I'm recording I get a transcription simultaneously. The features I desire most are a dark mode feature, a chroma key feature so I can add light overlay and animation. I would also like a pause feature added to screen recording and voice recording because I use this to help me think in between recording without stopping the session. And please fix bugs such a lagging. And the integrations I would recommend are Audacity, Davinci Resolve, and Anchor FM because that is what I use.

Cons

Sometimes there are glitches if I am working in multiple windows and Ill get error codes. Sometimes it's hard to place tracks on the timeline, You click where you want it to go and it goes somewhere else in the project. I want some filler words to stay included and it's hard for me to figure out how to keep them. When I record audio and mess up, the overdub function doesn't pop up when I right-click. I wish the zoom and pan were smoother looking.

Descript FAQs and common questions

Descript has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $12.00/month
Pricing model: Free, Subscription
Free Trial: Available | (No Credit Card required)


Descript has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Descript supports the following languages:
English


Yes, Descript has an API available for use.


Descript integrates with the following applications:
Dropbox Business, Zapier, Gmail, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Slack, Asana, Evernote


Descript offers the following support options:
Chat, Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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