How-To > Uploading and Transcription
By Tiffani Bauer
November 13, 2022
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How-To > Uploading and Transcription

Transcription is at the heart of every Descript project. Every new project will begin with you importing a video or audio file, which Descript automatically transcribes. Watch on to see how automatic transcription works for imported files. First, we'll go through importing single files, then we'll cover creating multi-track sequences.

Importing Single Files

First open or create a new project. Now drag and drop your video or audio file into the script panel. This prompt will appear if it's the first time you're importing a file, the script will ask you to set your default transcription language check. Always ask before transcribing. If you plan on transcribing files in multiple languages, you can always adjust your default language later from your app. Preferences located.

When this prompt appears, enter the speaker's name. If you have more than one speaker in the file, click the speaker name box and set the number of speakers to detect and label those speakers. If there's a bunch of people talking in your file, we recommend selecting, identify speakers here. This feature lets you listen to portions of your file and type in the name of the speaker, or select the speaker's name from the dropdown menu.

When you're done, click close and wait for script to transcribe your file.

Importing Multitrack Sequences

If you have multiple files from an interview or recording session, you can take advantage of Descript's, multi-track sequence feature. This is a sort of virtual container that groups together separate speaker files for ease of editing.

With your project open drag and drop your files into the script panel. At the same time, label each of your speaker files with the name of the speaker. Be sure to do this now prior to transcription to keep your transcript organized. Then make sure combined files into a multi-track sequence is selected.

When you're done, click done and wait for Descript to transcribe your. Once the files are transcribed, you can edit the transcript like you would if it contained a single file To find your sequence or edit it directly, right click in the script panel or down here on the timeline and choose edit sequence.

You can also use the keyboard shortcuts, shift command O, or a shift control O. Double clicking the timeline also brings you to the sequence.