Descript vs. Media Composer

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Descript
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Descript is a collaborative audio/video editor, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, that works like a doc. It includes transcription, a screen recorder, publishing, full multitrack editing, and AI tools.N/A
Media Composer
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Avid Technologies offers Media Composer, the company's professional class video editing software supporting high res and advanced video creation needs.
$23.99
per month
Pricing
DescriptMedia Composer
Editions & Modules
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Monthly
$23.99
per month
Month-to-Month
$34.99
per month
Yearly
$239
per year
Students & Teachers Perpetual
$295
per license
Media Composer Perpetual
1,499
per license
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DescriptMedia Composer
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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DescriptMedia Composer
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User Ratings
DescriptMedia Composer
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(12 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
DescriptMedia Composer
Likelihood to Recommend
Descript
  • Transcription of internal presentations and web conferences. It's great for capturing and transcribing the audio from presentations, demos, etc. which can then be used to develop training materials, blog posts, etc.
  • Podcasts. Makes it really easy to record, edit, and publish video or audio podcasts.
  • Promotional videos. Streamlines and accelerates the process for developing videos.
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Avid Technology
I've cut my own video content on Media Composer, and also worked on a network television show with it - it performed excellently in both situations. The bins are a great way to find and store content and the timeline is easy to understand. In my experience, crashes were few and far between (although they're a part of the job no matter what DAW you're using).
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Pros
Descript
  • I like the sidebar - breaking my scripts up into different "chapters" makes it easier to create quickly.
  • I like that it auto-corrects punctuation, capitalization, etc. as I polish the scripts.
  • It's easy for my team and my collaborators to read/listen, remark, and create useable transcripts.
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Avid Technology
  • Manage Longform Media
  • Edit video and sound
  • Script Based editing
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Cons
Descript
  • When editing a transcript it can get a little cumbersome, as a double click doesn't always do what you think it will
  • Some features aren't that intuitive (what is resize word gap) for beginners
  • A tutorial/wizard as soon as you sign up would be very useful
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Avid Technology
  • A faster update track
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Alternatives Considered
Descript
Descript is by far superior to the other editing software you can get on Apple computers. It's able to do a lot more and really save us tons of time. Other Adobe apps are great, but take a while to learn. Descript is very user-friendly, making it easy to start from day one with very little training.
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Avid Technology
We [utilize] premiere for our VFX and animation curriculum due to tight integration with after effects and [photoshop]. we utilize resolve for DIT and color correction and finishing Media composer is the heart of our editorial workflow to align with the industry and give students a leg up to get jobs
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Return on Investment
Descript
  • I can get video completed much more quickly and cheaply
  • We can produce more video content because of the speed with which we can have a finished product
  • We can have shorter timelines for example I record on Monday and we publish on Tuesday which wouldn't be otherwise possible with other methods I've used
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Avid Technology
  • It's saved time by being easy to learn (well, easy to start. It takes a long time to learn)
  • Because everyone in the industry uses or has used it, collaborating is easier
  • It's saved us money because we don't have to change products
  • It integrates well with Pro Tools
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