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How to edit a published episode using Descript’s “Edit” Feature
How to edit a published episode using Descript’s “Edit” Feature

Easily edit and replace episode audio files with this awesome new integration between Captivate and Descript!

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Written by Danny Brown
Updated over a week ago

No one’s perfect, we all make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes can slip through the cracks, only to be noticed when your episode has already gone out to streaming services.

We’ve got your back, though - if you’re a Descript user you can now edit an episode file and transcript at any time after it’s been published, all from within the Captivate dashboard, saving you time that you can then use to create more content!

Here’s how.

Editing your episode in Captivate with Descript

Click on Episodes in the left-hand menu of your Captivate Dashboard, and then click on the Edit icon next to the episode you wish to edit.

Once your episode editing screen opens, you’ll see all the usual episode publishing features, and also a button that says Edit in Descript.

Clicking this will open up the editing flow for Descript, where in a couple of quick steps you’ll be editing and replacing your audio and transcript (if used) for the episode you’re updating.

Editing your episode in Descript

After you click on Edit in Descript, you’ll first see the web version of Descript, with details of the file that will be imported to Descript. This includes:

  • File name

  • Location

  • Transcription language

You can choose to change the location and the transcription language if you prefer.

Once you make any adjustments here, you can then click on Create Project and Import Files. This will open up the Descript desktop app, and the File Initialization screen that processes the file on Descript.

Once initialized, your file will be ready to edit using the default Descript text editor.

Here, you can make the changes you wish to your file, including:

  • renaming the file

  • removing words

  • updating out of date information (sponsor messages, for example, or guest information)

And, since this is Descript, if you need to add information but you don’t want to record new audio to insert, simply use the Descript Overdub feature to add your new audio.

Once you’ve made your edits, it’s time to get the file back into your episode on Captivate.

Adding the edited file to Captivate

At the top right of your Descript editor, click on Share. From there, follow these steps to send your episode back to Captivate.

  1. Click Export

  2. Click More

  3. Click Captivate

  4. Click Publish

This will open a browser tab that takes you to your Captivate dashboard, where the file will be processed. Once processed, you can then finalize the Import from Descript.

Note: after the last step, Descript will also display a “Continue with Captivate” message. Since the file has already been imported to Captivate, you can discard this option.

Click on the Import from Descript button, and once the file has been processed the episode you’re editing will open again, with the new audio file and transcript already attached.

It’s as easy as that! Your changes will be reflected in directories within 24 hours - it’s perfect for correcting mistakes, overdubbing sections or swapping out an ad campaign.

Note: If you have any AMIE content enabled for the episode you’re editing, this will be removed (due to the length of the audio file changing). You just need to re-add AMIE then you’re good to go!

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