How To Edit a 1-Minute Video Using an Existing Template via Descript


People are trading hours of their day scrolling through Facebook, so you have to gather every bit of attention you can get. The easiest way to get people's attention is through video, especially one-minute videos. No one is going to watch a three-minute video if they don't know who you are. Attention spans on social channels are brief. The average watch time for a video on Facebook is only six seconds. You must learn to grab their attention quickly and pull them into the story you are trying to tell.

If you want to sell on Facebook, Instagram, or any social media platform, you need to learn how to tell a good story. People are bombarded with ads every time they go on social media. They know it when they see it, and nobody wants to watch it. However, people like stories, and if you know how to tell a compelling story, your WHY, in under one minute, people will watch it. Your audience will support your product or service. That is why one-minute videos are a powerful tool in personal branding.

Task Checklist

Information that you will need:

  1. LastPass access for Descript
  2. The location of the video that you will be working on

Note: Please email for access concerns. List down the sites, tools, and materials you need access to in your message.


  1. Go to LastPass and launch Descript
  2. Download Descript (desktop app)
  3. Load Descript
  4. Prepare the template
  5. Add elements

What you will learn:

Here, you will learn how to quickly edit a video using a pre-existing template in Descript, how to use Descript to quickly transcribe videos, and how to make small tweaks to the template.

Estimated time it takes to do the task:

The process usually takes 15 minutes on average.

Step 1: Go to LastPass and launch Descript

Launch Descript using LastPass. If you didn't receive an email for the Descript account, please email to request it.


Step 2: Download Descript

You should download the Descript desktop app. To do so, go to the upper right corner of the Descript page and select "download."


Step 3: Load Descript desktop app

After the app is downloaded and installed, run it and then  go to "Templates." You can use the search bar at the top to get to it faster. Once it shows up, click on it to reveal the various aspect ratios available.


Step 4: Prepare the template

Open the "Templates" folder and locate the template that you want to duplicate.


For a vertical video, use 9:1
For a square video, use 1:1
For a horizontal video, use 16:9
For a portrait video, use 4:5


Right click on the appropriate template and press "Duplicate." Remember that you should always duplicate the template. Never edit the template directly.


Rename the duplicated template.


Step 5: Add elements

Every object in the preview window can be edited. For text editing, just click on the text to edit. To change attributes such as font size, color, or shadow setter, use the panel on the right side.


To add images, text, voiceovers, etc., click on the + sign. To add a video, drag the video into the editor.


Whenever you drag a video into the editor, the app automatically transcribes the video to generate the transcript. When that process is done, the editor will update with the transcript displayed.

Additional things you can do

As much as we try to speak clearly and concisely on video, filler words seem to find their way into the things we say. You should always remove these filler words when working on a video. Fortunately, Descript has this feature built into the app/service.

To remove filler words...

  1. Go to the wrench icon on the toolbar and select "Remove filler words."
  2. Choose between "Delete" or "Ignore" and then "Apply to all."


The AI transcription capability of Descript is one of the best. However, it's not perfect. It still gets some of the words wrong.  Fortunately, the app offers a way for you to edit text.

To edit text...

  1. Highlight the word
  2. Press "E" to edit, type in the correct word, and then select "Correct."


Watch a video demonstration

That's it. You're done. Good job!

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Verification Checklist

The documented task must meet the following criteria:

#1. The Descript template was duplicated with the original template preserved.

#2. The video is using the correct aspect ratio.

#3. The video contains no filler words

#4. The transcript was checked for correctness.

#5. All the necessary elements such as text, images, voiceovers, etc. were added to the video.

#6. All the necessary corrections to formatting were done using the panel on the right.