Descript is a collaborative audio and video editor that includes functions such as transcription, Screen recording, publishing, full editing of multiple tracks and even offers some AI tools.
The editing tool, a podcaster’s holy grail, allows users not only to record, edit, and mix audio, but also to transcribe audio. Descript offers both a web-based online solution and a desktop application. Further advantages are the remote recording and the removal of the filling station as well as overdub for the processing function.
The screen recording feature instantly transcribes audio, with Descript providing a web link that employees can use to access comments and edits when it comes to group work.
The overdub feature allows users to create one Text to speech Model of their voice that can be published as audiograms for a number of purposes, including Marketing on social media.
Descript offers a free screen recording plan, but with a limited editing offer, and transcription is limited to a single use.
The company’s $ 12 per month Creator plan offers unlimited projects, screen recording, ten hours of transcription per month, and export of non-watermarked videos.
For those likely to need more than a basic editor tool, Descipt’s Pro plan is $ 24 a month. It does everything that the Creator plan does, but extends the transcription limit to 30 hours per month. This plan also enables the overdub function.
There is another plan called “Enterprise” that has everything that the other plans offer. This includes onboarding and training, invoicing, single sign-on (SSO), and a security review function.
Descript also offers discounted pricing for corporate customers, students, educators, and nonprofits.
Screen recording capabilities
One feature that sets Descript apart from many other podcast apps is the interactive tutorial, which contains a series of short lessons that will help users get the most out of the collaborative editor. This includes tutorials on editing audio and video, screen recordings, or transcribing meeting notes.
To get started with Descript, users need to download the software and create an account. The sign up process is followed by a quick survey to determine how the platform is being used.
Regarding the screen recording tool, users can use Ctrl + Shift + 2 to start and stop recording. It not only captures video from the desktop, but also from it Webcams also.
The screen recorder is displayed as a separate window from the main descript editing app.
Edit and transcribe
The editing tool allows the user to remove unwanted noises such as “ums” and “ahs” from screen recordings with a single click. Regarding errors in the transcription generated by Descript, after importing the desired audio there is a glossary to which frequently used words can be added so that the software can recognize it in the future.
However, this is not so useful for audio files that have already been transcribed before certain words or names were added to the glossary. The user will still have to manually change each error.
That being said, this tool cuts the time normally required to manually transfer audio by a significant amount – and even more so once it gets used to using all of the keyboard shortcuts.
In terms of measuring transcription accuracy, we would compare using Google Cloud’s speech-to-text technology to that of Amazon Polly or Balabolka’s free software.
Once you’ve created a new project, Descript’s video / audio drag and drop functionality isn’t your only option. There is also the option to include audio in Descript, which the software can transcribe at the same time. You can add inline notes, comments, and speaker labels when a new voice is added to the recording.
Descript offers a whole new way of working with audio, unlike similar platforms like audacity, GarageBand or Adobe Audition. According to our own confession, we should agree.
Among the ones listed above, Descipt offers a nearly complete package for all plans. Even the free Descript plan allows you to build and edit the basics, which is more than enough for some.
Only users on a Descript Pro plan or Enterprise account have access to custom overdubbing voices. This is because uploading existing recordings to practice your overdub voice requires manual language identity verification.
To verify language identity, Pro users will need to read Descript’s training script to ensure that the voice created belongs to the user.
Overdubbing involves listening to a previously recorded passage and overdubbing new audio, making mixing tracking much smoother. In some ways, it is similar to multi-tracking features found in audio editing tools like Adobe Audition.
In order for Descript Pro users to qualify for overdubbing training, they must record a consent form and main overdub training script (at least 10 minutes). This is to help you pass the language verification process so you don’t have to share your Pro or Enterprise account with friends and family – it just doesn’t work.
The description works well, is easy to use, and the user interface is neat, well put together, and easy to understand.
In terms of data protection, the company claims to store user information on its servers to enable offerings like live collaboration and full project history. Descript promises that your personal information will not be used for marketing purposes.
What would improve this tool would be its availability in multiple languages, not just English.
The transcription element, like other transcription software, would also benefit from the ability to automatically remove errors from already transcribed text as soon as the corrected word is added to the glossary provided.
English speaking podcasters, print journalists and students – this could be the tool for you!
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