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Descript 12.2 (Waveform Editor, Export w/ Timecode)

Andrew Mason · 3 days ago

Features

  • Improved transcription accuracy in some cases, like in files with multiple speakers
  • Export Text - to a Word (docx) or RTF document of your script that includes timecodes (File > Export Text…)
  • Improved "New Composition From" toolbar tool with options from selection, transcript, and...

    Descript 0.12.0

    Matt Hettich · about a month ago

    Release Notes

    Waveform Editor Performance

    The waveform editor is much faster now, give it a try! We're also being smarter about not inserting words in the script unless more than half of its associated waveform is visible.

    Markers

    Press command + return to insert a marker in you...

      Descript 0.11 Release Notes

      Andrew Mason · about a month ago

      Release Notes

      Waveform editor

      • Set fade shape (linear/exponential) tools
      • Quick fade/crossfade/cut/copy/paste tools
      • Word bar for VOX
        • Support for ‘moving words’ in the Waveform Editor VOX word bar.
        • “Bump to join” lets you re-join splits you have made with the word bar...

        Descript 0.10.2

        Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

        Release Notes

        New, stripped down default Descript UI
        Now, by default, Descript disables audio tour features and non-voice audio features. To enable those features, go to Descript > Preferences, select Audio Tours, and enable those features.
        To create an Audio Word Processor document...

          Descript 0.10.1

          Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

          Release Notes

          New, stripped down default Descript UI
          Now, by default, Descript disables audio tour features and non-voice audio features. To enable those features, go to Descript > Preferences, select Audio Tours, and enable those features.
          To create an Audio Word Processor document...

            Descript 0.10.0

            Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

            Release Notes

            New, stripped down default Descript UI
            Now, by default, Descript disables audio tour features and non-voice audio features. To enable those features, go to Descript > Preferences, select Audio Tours, and enable those features.
            To create an Audio Word Processor document...

              Descript 0.9.7

              Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

              Release Notes

              Bug fixes
              Changes to internals of file saving that will hopefully fix several of the "file can't save" and "file doesn't exist" issues that we've seen.
              Built-in bug tracking to help us debug these and related issues.

                Descript 0.9.6

                Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                Release Notes

                Features
                Tweak to the branch laying behavior to make life (hopefully) much easier for producers using branches
                Bug fixes
                Tweaks to check-in that should fix some of the timeout errors that we've seen.

                  Descript 0.9.5

                  Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                  Release Notes

                  Features
                  Files are bounced to compressed audio files instead of WAVs, which will help tour upload speeds and Descript file sizes.
                  Change File menu wording from "New Audio Word Processor Project" to "New Project"

                    Descript 0.9.4

                    Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                    Platform

                    Mac OS

                    Release Type

                    Alpha

                    Version

                    0.9.4 (1704131642)

                    Release Notes

                    Features
                    Re-work the main menu tree.
                    Add icons to the app and document preference windows
                    Bug fixes
                    Fix bug where audio would sometimes not play.
                    Fix occ...

                      Descript 0.9.3

                      Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                      Release Notes

                      Features
                      Disable segment information card for locationless segments
                      Only allow 1 published scene in non-guide audio tours
                      Bug fixes
                      Fix issue that prevented you from checking in a tour while you had an Audio Word Processor document open

                        Descript 0.9.2

                        Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                        Release Notes

                        Features
                        Adds event tracking so we can get a better sense of Descript usage (like transcription usage/errors, text modes, playback, etc.)

                          Descript 0.9.1

                          Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                          Release Notes

                          New, stripped down default Descript UI
                          Now, by default, Descript disables audio tour features and non-voice audio features. To enable those features, go to Descript > Preferences, select Audio Tours, and enable those features.
                          To create an Audio Word Processor document...

                            Descript 0.9.0

                            Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                            Release Notes

                            New, stripped down default Descript UI
                            Now, by default, Descript disables audio tour features and non-voice audio features. To enable those features, go to Descript > Preferences, select Audio Tours, and enable those features.
                            To create an Audio Word Processor document...

                              Descript 0.8.5

                              Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                              Release Notes

                              Features
                              Added option to mark Music, Ambience, or SFX as "Content licensed for on-site playback only"

                                Descript 0.8.4

                                Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                Release Notes

                                Fixes several issues with speech transcription.

                                  Descript 0.8.3

                                  Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                  Release Notes

                                  You can edit volumes of individual regions of VO using the waveform editor (right click and select “Adjust Volume”)

                                    Descript 0.8.2

                                    Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                    Release Notes

                                    Fixes an issue with audio export and bounce
                                    Fixes a small issue where audio in playback may behave differently in Descript than in Detour.

                                      Descript 0.8.1

                                      Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                      Release Notes

                                      Features
                                      Removed the last vestiges of TheAmazingAudioEngine. Let us know if anything seems newly weird with alignment or speech synthesis.
                                      Bug fixes
                                      Fixes bug where deleting the contents of the segment that includes synthesized speech and aligned VO will sometimes not ...

                                        Descript 0.8.0

                                        Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                        Release Notes

                                        Features
                                        Each segment now bounces down to a single VO component in the generated tour, rather than a VO component for each chunk of VO (separated by a pause or an aligned audio cut). This should make VO playback in the Detour app more consistent, and will allow us to i...

                                          Descript 0.7.2

                                          Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                          Release Notes

                                          Features
                                          You can see audio cuts (e.g., made in the waveform editor) in the sequencer as faint vertical lines
                                          Bug fixes
                                          Fixes bug where fade-ins during audio export would sometimes not render properly
                                          Fixes some crashes
                                          Fixes a probably-never-seen-but-will-be-important-...

                                            Descript 0.7.1

                                            Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                            Release Notes

                                            Fixes a subtle bug relating to adding pauses

                                              Descript 0.7.0

                                              Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                              Release Notes

                                              Features
                                              User can insert “Camera” components
                                              User can see when speech transcription fails, and retry failed transcription jobs
                                              Speech transcription defaults to uploading mono audio files, reducing the time to complete some transcription jobs
                                              This release updates Descri...

                                                Descript 0.6.3

                                                Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                                Release Notes

                                                Fixes bug where adding pauses to aligned audio in the 2+ audio region in a segment would incorrectly slice up the audio.

                                                  Descript 0.6.2

                                                  Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                                  Release Notes

                                                  Features
                                                  User can insert “Camera” components
                                                  User can see when speech transcription fails, and retry failed transcription jobs
                                                  Speech transcription defaults to uploading mono audio files, reducing the time to complete some transcription jobs
                                                  This release updates Descri...

                                                    Descript 0.6.1

                                                    Matt Hettich · 2 months ago

                                                    Release Notes

                                                    Bug fixes
                                                    Fixes bug where checking out a tour would re-download existing media assets
                                                    Fixes bug where transcription progress wouldn't show up immediately when switching to a new scene

                                                      Descript 0.6.0

                                                      Matt Hettich · 4 months ago

                                                      Release Notes

                                                      Features
                                                      Tweaks to the way you interact with text in edit text mode and in correct text (transcription) mode
                                                      Visual updates to the universal timeline and the gutter timeline, especially noticeable with locationless documents
                                                      Shows transcription progress as a percentage...

                                                        Descript 0.5.20

                                                        Matt Hettich · 4 months ago

                                                        Release Notes

                                                        Fixes some crashes in the latest build

                                                          Descript 0.5.19

                                                          Matt Hettich · 4 months ago

                                                          Release Notes

                                                          Features
                                                          Adds some breathing room to aligned cuts (on pause insertion, cut/copy, or synthesized speech insertion). Descript extends these cuts by 50ms if possible, but stops short of the next word. This should reduce the number of audio cutoff issues in new tours.
                                                          Adds...

                                                            Descript 0.5.18

                                                            Matt Hettich · 4 months ago

                                                            Release Notes

                                                            Roll back to 0.5.16 build, but with 0.5.18 version number. Upgrade to this build while we work on the problems found in 0.5.17

                                                              Descript 0.5.17

                                                              Matt Hettich · 4 months ago

                                                              Release Notes

                                                              Features
                                                              Adds some breathing room to aligned cuts (on pause insertion, cut/copy, or synthesized speech insertion). Descript extends these cuts by 50ms if possible, but stops short of the next word. This should reduce the number of audio cutoff issues in new tours.
                                                              Adds...

                                                                Descript 0.5.16

                                                                Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                Release Notes

                                                                Removes chapter name UI: chapter names and segment names are one in the same
                                                                Fixes crash on copying a scene
                                                                Updates Decentral URLs

                                                                  Descript 0.5.15

                                                                  Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                  Release Notes

                                                                  Fix some beachballing issues when loading a document with several un-transcribed VO files.

                                                                    Descript 0.5.14

                                                                    Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                    Release Notes

                                                                    Add new sequencer zoom keyboard shortcuts: Command+Option+Left Arrow to zoom out, and Command+Option+Right Arrow to zoom in.

                                                                      Descript 0.5.13

                                                                      Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                      Release Notes

                                                                      You can now create segments on floors with a level that's less than 0
                                                                      User can retry transcription job (right click a file in the media library, Regenerate Recognition)
                                                                      Fix a few bugs related to transcription

                                                                        Descript 0.5.12

                                                                        Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                        Release Notes

                                                                        Allows user to edit punctuation and spacing in Transcription mode
                                                                        Fix bug where editing around pills doesn't behave as expected (e.g., hitting 'return' before a pill now properly moves the pill to the next line)
                                                                        Descript no longer copies comments when duplicating a sce...

                                                                          Descript 0.5.11

                                                                          Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                          Release Notes

                                                                          Fix copy/paste

                                                                            Descript 0.5.10

                                                                            Matt Hettich · 5 months ago

                                                                            Release Notes

                                                                            Features
                                                                            Increase indentation step size by 3x
                                                                            Change “New Voice” menu option to “Edit Voices…”
                                                                            Fix bug where waveform wouldn’t render properly for voiceover components

                                                                              Descript 0.5.9: Script Indentation and Voice Formatting

                                                                              Andrew Mason · 5 months ago

                                                                              Release Notes

                                                                              Features
                                                                              Big change to Voices:
                                                                              You can now move voices around like other event pills.
                                                                              Insert > Voice to add a new voice pill
                                                                              Tour > Voices... to manage voices
                                                                              Click or right click on a voice to change it.
                                                                              Voices no longer imply cuts in the audio -- so you can import an...

                                                                                Descript 0.5.5

                                                                                Andrew Mason · 5 months ago2 changes
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                                                                                Welcome to Descript

                                                                                Andrew Mason · 5 months ago2 changes

                                                                                Welcome to the developer hub and documentation for Descript!

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