How to Remove Background in Descript: A Step-by-Step Guide

Mar 14, 2024

Are you tired of the hassle of setting up a physical green screen to remove the background from your videos?

With the AI technology in Descript, you can seamlessly remove the background from your videos without the need for a physical green screen. In this guide, you will learn the step-by-step process of removing the background using the Green Screen feature in Descript.

Step 1: Accessing Your Project in Descript

- Open your project in Descript and find the layer where you want to remove the background.
- Click on the specific layer that you want to edit.

Step 2: Accessing the Properties Menu

- Once the layer is selected, locate the properties menu on the right-hand side of the interface.
- If you cannot see the properties menu, toggle it on to make it visible.

Step 3: Applying the Green Screen Effect

- Scroll down in the properties menu until you find the "Effects" section.
- Click the plus button to add a new effect.
- Select the "green screen" effect from the options provided and toggle it on.

Step 4: Processing the Green Screen Effect

- If it is your first time applying the green screen effect to that file, you will see a notification indicating that it is processing.
- The processing time may vary based on the length of your video, taking anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Step 5: Verifying the Background Removal

- Once the green screen effect has been applied, the background will be instantly removed from your video.

Step 6: Exploring Background Options

- After removing the background, you can now apply any background of your choice.
- You can use images or stock media provided by Descript to create the desired background for your video.

Step 7: Customizing Your New Background

- Now that the background is removed, you have the freedom to apply any background you wish, from serene landscapes to bustling cityscapes.


Descript's green screen feature offers a seamless and hassle-free way to remove backgrounds from your videos. The advanced AI technology eliminates the need for a physical green screen, providing users with a convenient and efficient background removal process. By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article, you can effortlessly transform your videos and unleash your creativity by adding captivating backgrounds to enhance the visual appeal of your content. Say goodbye to traditional green screens and embrace the future of background removal with Descript!

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