Replacing an edited file with an existing transcript

Recording to a pre-written script can often result in an audio or video clip with a bunch of re-takes. Once you've got the edits lined up to the script, wouldn't it be great if Descript allowed you to replace your AI-generated transcript with the script you already have? You can!


Flatten the composition

After your edited Composition is lined up perfectly with the script, you'll want to create a flattened file with the finalized version.

Before doing so, we recommend duplicating your Composition by clicking on the Composition options indicated by the ellipsis icon (...) and selecting Duplicate. This way, if you ever need to go back to your original edits, they're right where you left them.



Now you can go to the duplicated Composition's options, select Flatten tracks and then click Script track only.



Replace the transcript

A flattened media file will replace your edited composition. You can go into the Media Library, locate the new flattened file and click the file options to Replace then Replace Transcript. A new text window will open allowing you to paste the text of your pre-written transcript, then you can click Sync to replace the text.


Once the sync is complete, your new transcript is ready to go.


Replace Transcript looks for significant differences between the current script and the new script you'd like to replace it with and updates the transcript accordingly. It's possible that capitalization and punctuation variances may not propagate to the replaced version.