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Descript Season 6 – Underlord: Your New AI Editing Assistant (2024)

In early June 2024, Descript announced new features as part of “Season 6” releases and collectively referred to all its AI features as Underlord. In case you aren’t familiar with Descript’s approach to releasing new features, they call them “seasons” like many podcasts, or TV series. Given Descript’s dominance in the podcasting world as the go-to editing tool, and one of our favorites since 2018, we have to give them some serious cred! Season 6 is no surprise an exciting new chapter for Descript nonetheless.

In this article, we’ll break down the key features released as part of Season 6: Meet Underlord, and how we foresee podcasters and creators will enjoy them in the real world.

Descript Season 6 Underlord

Wait, Underlord? What and Why

I too was shocked when I heard “Underlord”, and then it all made sense. “Nobody wants an AI overlord. But everybody could use an AI Underlord — 
an editing assistant that can do all the tedious stuff, but leaves you in control.

By naming the suite of AI tools built within Descript “Underlord”, Descript has impressed me with its marketing approach. AI is not here to replace us but to assist us. During Season 6’s release, Underlord has been talked about as an intern, an assistant, and a partner who helps you with the tedious, mundane, boring part of podcast tasks (you know what they are!), leaving you to do what’s interesting and truly matters.

Descript’s approach in relating AI to creators makes sense, and it’s the reality. Human has to be in the loop to produce high-value content. Over the years as I’ve been a loyal user of Descript, I noticed it’s one of few companies that truly care about its customers (aka creators) and put them first.

While watching and participating as a live caller during the Season 6 release, Descript exceeded my expectations with moderator Christiana and CEO Andrew.

My reflections as a creator for Underlord and Season 6 discussions

You can easily Google or ask ChatGPT what’s included in Season 6, or as part of Descript’s new Underlord features. We’ll talk about them here as well. But what’s more important is how Descript decides to address real users’ questions.

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Christiana (moderator) relayed important questions to Andrew instead of skipping them over. Andrew answered all of them calmly, and sincerely – and it couldn’t be more clear that he uses the product.

Frankly, I was a little shocked to hear people say things live on the show like “Squadcast could be better, what do you think Andrew?” or “I really need a feature like ____. What’s Descript’s plan?”

Instead of avoiding these questions, or relying solely on a product manager or engineer, Andrew was answering them from a creator’s perspective with a lot of empathy.

When it was my turn to ask a question, I changed my tone and was ready to address some core questions such as “How does Underlord’s new AI clip feature compare to competitors such as Opus, Munch, Submagic, and others?” In other words, why should people switch from one platform to another, especially if the clip feature is still so new?

Key features of Descript’s Underlord AI features

Features to help you “sound good”

  • Edit for Clarity – Descript has been doing this for a while now to help us remove ums and uhs alongside other filler words with one click
  • Remove Retakes – I love this feature because it allows the creators to have as many retakes as needed as part of a single recording. Descript identifies the retakes and decides the best, cleanest take for your final product
  • Studio Sound – another existing AI feature and it’s getting better over time! With just one click, Descript makes everyone sound like they are recording from a professional studio. No mic? Background noise? No problem.

Features to help you “look good”

  • Center Active Speaker – recording with multiple people? Descript helps you always center the person who’s speaking without cropping or resizing, just one click.
  • Eye contact – reading from a script? Not looking directly into the camera? Descript adjust your gaze if you weren’t. This is pretty magical for people who need to rely on a script for recording.
  • Green screen – Descript can remove your background – even if you do not have or use a green screen – so you can replace it with anything you want (image or video).
  • Multicam – Shooting in Multicam is sexy but it makes editing quite challenging and time-consuming. Descript allows you to drop in your multicam video files, and Underlord cuts to whoever is talking, making editing a breeze.

Repurpose and share

This is a group of Underload’s features that allow you to create clips, find highlights, translate your audio or video, draft a title or summary, or even a YouTube description and social post, making Descript your one-stop-shop for podcast and content production.

Descript Season 6 Livestream

Shownotes

  • 00:01:18 – Introduction and Housekeeping
  • 00:02:32 – The Evolution of Descript
  • 00:04:23 – Introducing Underlord
  • 00:05:57 – Underlord’s Editing Powers
  • 00:07:12 – Underlord’s Advanced Features
  • 00:08:24 – New Descript Features Overview
  • 00:09:15 – Launch Video Recap and Q&A Introduction
  • 00:11:15 – Addressing Quality and Updates
  • 00:12:43 – Translation and Language Support
  • 00:15:09 – User Questions: Bulk Functions and Descript Lite
  • 00:17:05 – Bulk Editing and Layouts
  • 00:19:06 – Descript Lite and Team Collaboration
  • 00:21:00 – User Questions: Squadcast Integration
  • 00:23:23 – User Questions: AI and Customization
  • 00:26:31 – User Feedback and Engagement
  • 00:27:23 – Descript’s Focus on Narrative Media
  • 00:29:49 – Feature Requests: Profanity Highlighting and Bleeping
  • 00:31:33 – Descript’s AI Philosophy
  • 00:34:15 – Descript’s Approach to AI and User Control
  • 00:36:12 – API and Custom Use Cases
  • 00:36:49 – Automatic B-roll Addition
  • 00:37:13 – Multi-select and Layer Management
  • 00:37:49 – Plugins and Extending Descript
  • 00:38:25 – Video vs. Audio Focus
  • 00:39:49 – Custom AI Prompt Templates
  • 00:40:36 – AI Voice Enhancer
  • 00:41:16 – Suggested Workflows
  • 00:44:00 – Recording and Editing Workflows
  • 00:46:03 – Transcript Correction Improvements
  • 00:47:46 – Importing Slides as Scenes
  • 00:48:15 – Adding Custom Music
  • 00:49:46 – Lip Dub and Export Formats
  • 00:50:46 – Browser vs. Desktop App Performance
  • 00:51:25 – Beginners Group and Community Support
  • 00:51:57 – Vertical Layouts for Clips
  • 00:52:33 – Collaboration Features
  • 00:53:11 – Stock Media Library Safety
  • 00:53:52 – Support for LUTs

Conclusion: Is Underlord right for your podcast?

The truth is that AI features aren’t new in Descript. Several of them have been there all along. But branding them all under Underlord makes sense, and it’ll be easier to reference these features as a whole when talking about AI as part of Descript.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Descript is growing stronger. With one of the largest and most loyal customers on the market today, Descript’s AI features (i.e. Underlord) will be tested rapidly and improved consistently. Creators now have even fewer reasons to leave Descript as a platform which will ultimately save them more money and time.

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