FIX Audio Out of Sync in Descript (Audio & Visual Sync Issues)

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As a YouTube video creator or online business owner, you know how important it is to produce high-quality content that engages your audience. When your audio and video are out of sync, it can be frustrating and affect the quality of your content. If you are consistently plagued with having your video and audio out of sync with Descript, I’m going to walk you through how to fix that problem.

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Creating a Sample Clip in SquadCast

To demonstrate how to fix audio out of sync in Descript, we’ll create a sample clip in SquadCast. This platform is owned by Descript, so they work well together. In the clip, it’s just me talking to the camera. I clap my hands one time, keep my hands together so that I can pull that into Descript. If your audio is consistently out of sync, do this when you’re recording so that you can easily get it back again.

Detaching and Editing the Audio

Once you have the clip open inside of Descript, right-click on the clip, and go to detach audio. Then right-click again and go to edit sequence. This will open up this clip as a sequence inside of its window. It’s a sequence because it has a visual and audio part. You’ve detached them, but they still work together. They’re still sort of connected within the sequence, but we’re going to manipulate this a little bit.

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Zooming in and Adjusting the Timeline

Zoom in on the spike itself, and look at the actual timeline numbers. For example, say you can see the spike happening at 21.82. Then if you move over a little ways until you see where your hands are coming together, you’ll see that you’re at about .86 or .87. So a little bit of a difference there.

Even if your audio and visual are out of sync for one second and your video is 30 frames per second, it’s actually out of sync for 30 frames. So that is noticeable. Take that difference, which is 0.82 and 0.86. We have a difference of 0.04 there. Scroll all the way to the very beginning. As you move the mouse, you will see where you get to 0.04. Click the video part of the clip and trim it over so that you can then grab that and pull it over. My audio spike was happening, and then the visual part of that clap was happening. So I would need to nudge the visual part over to fix the out of sync problem.

Fixing the Out of Sync Problem

Now that you know that it’s 0.04 in this example, you would then take the whole video that you’ve recorded. When you pull that into Descript, you know that all you have to do is adjust each clip by 0.04. If you have one long recording, like a long podcast episode or one long video that you did all in one take, then you only have to do it once. If you record multiple different takes and you have multiple different clips, then you’ll have to do it for each of those clips.

And just for future reference, checking to see if your audio and video are out of sync, and fixing the problem if they are, is something that you should do pretty much every time you record something. Or at least when you record something with a little bit of a different setup. Just to let you know, I’m recording with the RODE Streamer X. I have my Canon M50 Mark II connected to the RODE Streamer X, and then I have my Shure SM 7 DB also coming in through the Rode Streamer X.

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Fixing audio out of sync in Descript is easy to do. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your content is of the highest quality and engaging for your audience. Remember to give yourself a little clap or use an actual clapper to avoid blindly figuring out how much of a delay there is. Then you can adjust everything after the fact.

Fixing audio out of sync issues is just one step in the process of producing high-quality content. If you’re using Descript to build your audience on YouTube, the quickest, fastest, easiest, most powerful way to do that is to build a library of binge-worthy videos. And Descript makes it really easy to do that. And if you’re wondering how to create a library of binge-worthy videos, check out my video on that here.