Podcast Interview Editing Tips – Removing 166 “Uhms” And “Uhs” In Seconds

Podcast interview editing tips

You’ve just recorded an amazing interview with this one megastar in your industry. Here’s one of my best podcast interview editing tips so you can make the most out of it.

And then you realize that they say, um, and, uh, and have all sorts of filler words like, yeah and so, and stuff like that in the interview, and during the interview, you were already worrying “how the hell do I clean this up?”

How do I not spend five hours going through the interview, removing those filler words and making sure the flow is nice and making sure the pacing is great in the conversation so that you can actually upload this to your podcast or to the virtual summit that you’re working on.

In this video, I show you one of my favorite podcast interview editing tips that literally removes the filler words in an instant.

The tool completes this automatically.

And I use it regularly to clean up hundreds of filler words in interviews that I record myself and that I help my summit clients record for their sessions. And the truth of the matter is we all use them. We all use filler words. You probably do too. We don’t probably even recognize that we do.

And it’s totally okay. The point is still when it comes to delivering a high production quality for your podcast, for your virtual summit, you do not want to have them because they are a pain to listen to. And even for a YouTube show, you probably should use this tool as well, because it is super affordable.

And when I saw this in action for the first time, I literally was blown away. So in this video, what I do is I’ll upload a one-hour interview. Into this tool, we remove all the filler words. And then I also have a bonus for you because what is an interview good for if nobody sees it, right? So I show you how you can use this tool, not just to remove the filler words, but to splice up your interview into snippets that you can export as the video clips or audio grants or something like that.

Let’s dive right into it.

Hey, I am Jan Koch I’m the CEO of Virtual Summit Mastery.

And I’m about to show you a tool called Descript (affiliate link), which has become one of my favorite tools over the past few months, they just keep improving it. It keeps getting better and better and better. It’s super affordable. And I want to show you how you can use it to clean up any audio or video for that matter from filler words and how you can then easily splice up the video into multiple snippets for promotion.

So let’s head over to the screen right now, and you’ll see a video fire right here called hydrate interview Dolf and Tracy. Tracy Duhs is my summit client in this case. And Dolf Zantinge is the expert that she interviewed. It’s in the hydration space. That’s why we have this water background here and you can see Descript is already pulled up in the background.

And all I have to do right now is I pull in the video file into the project file. It’s right here. And now you can see, it says adding file. And this will take a minute because it is a one-hour interview. So I pause the video right now, and then I come back when Descript has imported the file.

There we go. The file has now been added and you can see it is sitting right here with organized us into the project files folder. And then we let me actually zoom in a little bit for you all for those a bit smaller. So we’ll create a new composition for this interview. It’s called Dolf Zantinge, just for the name of the speaker.

We pull the interview. In here, edit to the track and you can see it as 48 hours, sorry, 48 minutes. And now let’s first transcribe the file. Getting a transcription is one of the most basic podcast interview editing tips, but it’s important not just for accessibility but because the transcript also serves as easy material for repurposing into tweets or Facebook posts.

We can configure the speaker names in this step already and we’ll have two of them. So we detect the speakers and I already know that there are two speakers here. So we’re telling Descript that there are two speakers. And now Descript does its magic. It transcribes it to you and takes two speakers. And we have the ability to add the names for the speaker sections in a minute.

 All right in here, you can see Descript has detected there are multiple speakers, so let’s click identify speakers. And now it gives us a play button where we can hear the speaker.

This is Dolf Zantinge. And is this Tracy Duhs. And you cannot hear those clips by the way, because the tool is not recording this for some reason, but we now have the speaker set up and now we’re waiting for the script to finalize the transcription. And then I’ll show you how you can instantly remove hundreds of filler words from a transcript, even from a conversation that’s 48 minutes long.

And there we go. We now have the transcript here. You could see, that we have the timeline in this case as well. So we have multiple ways we can edit this, and this is a really powerful tool. But for example, what we are seeing right here is the is highlighted. So are we strong? The, “are we” is duplicated here.

We want to remove that. Of course then here’s another, um, here’s another duplicated we did. We did and all those things we want to remove right there because nobody wants to hear those things. So let me show you how you do this, and this is rather insane how well this works, right?

Click on the composition.

Click “Remove Filler Words”.

We see 166 results in one composition. So 166 filler words apply to all.

And Descript has just removed 166 filler words. Is that insane? How’s that for a podcast interview editing tip that saves you time?

Can you imagine going through a transcript like this long manually removing the filler words, descript not just removes them from the text, by the way, this group removes the video part as well, so that it is removed from the texts and from the video.

And it’s just flowing super nice. And you can see they’re great outright here. And now these scriptures optimizing the edit boundaries, which means it is piecing the sections together where remove the content so that the pacing and the video is nice and that the flow was okay and natural.

And that you don’t realize that there was a fill-out in the first place. So we’ll give it some time to do its magic. Again, this is a long interview, I don’t have the quickest computer either. So let’s give it another minute or two, and then I’ll be back in. I show you how we can now splice up this interview into short promotional snippets that Tracy can use to promote her virtual summit.

This is how podcast interview editing should work. Easy and effective.

Right on the boundaries have been optimized. Everything is nice and ready and you can still see that the filler word has been highlighted here. And let’s just play this and see what this sounds like now. And that’s been really nice. Anything else that we should know? There was a filler word before.

That’s been really nice. Anything else that we should, and Descript just made it nice, jumped, barely noticeable, but it’s very easy for us to do so

Let’s say let’s take it one step further. Actually. Let’s say we want to have this section that I highlighted right here as a. Snippet to promote this interview. And this can be for your podcast, can be for your YouTube channel, can be for your virtual summit. You want to repurpose your interviews. My friend, Dennis Yu speaks about this tool all the time. He used Descript for this interview with me for example.

You want to repurpose your interviews. So let’s say we want to have this snippet right here because it makes a lot of sense. As a teaser for this interview, that’s the first play to make sure that the flow is right, Tracy. If you really understand water, it took us many years to understand it step by step.

But if you see how much of your system, your biological system is constantly influenced by water, there is almost no action in your body. Biological action, whereby water is always playing a role in it.

Okay. So we actually need these sentences right here, so that it makes for sense, what we do is we right-click, we copy this and we put it into a new composition right here. So we go back to the fire. And we will add a new composition. Let’s just call this stove promo one, because we just have this temporarily here and we paste the video snippet. How cool is that? How cool is that? We can just copy and paste the entire video and audio and transcript.

And now what you do is you go to file and export. Here you have the various features that you can export to.

So we can have a video export. We can export directly to YouTube. We can export as a text and subtitles as audio-only. And in this case, we’ll go for video. We go to file export and we choose video.

We can even export us in higher quality than we recorded this in, which is nice because the script lets us upscale the qualities.

We recorded in FullHD, but we’ll export in 1440p and now we hit export and we need to specify of course, where the file should be stored. So in this case, I just throw that into the Downloads folder.

And what is super important of course is accessibility. So you don’t just want to have the video exported. You want to have the caption file as well, so that you can upload the captions to the respective social media profiles so that hearing-impaired people can also consume the video.

What we do is we go back to export and we export the subtitles right with it. And I don’t know why Descript keeps closing me on me with this one. So we’re just exporting the subtitles file to I put it into the Downloads folder as well and call the subtitles. 

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