Voiceover Recording for video production

Voiceovers for your next video…

Voiceover recordings are a great way to get information about your business to customers. Find out how to use a recording in your next video.

What is a Voiceover?

There are two types of voiceovers: The first is audio of a person speaking during a video but they aren’t seen on camera. Often this kind of recording is used to narrate a video, or to give the audience context to what the video is about. This is the most common type of voiceover, and the one we will explore in this post. The second type of voiceover is when you have filmed an interview and while the person is speaking you cut to b-roll footage. This is a great way to show the audience what the person is talking about while they are explaining it.

Voiceover recording

When to use one

Voiceovers can be used at any stage in a video. The most common time to use them is at the start and end of your story. Using a recording at the beginning gives the audience all the background information they will need to understand what the film is about. This information could be about your business, what you do, what services you provide, or even what challenges your brand is facing. Then using narration again at the end is a great way to wrap up your video. It can be used to sum up the key ideas from the video. How did your business overcome the challenges you were facing? What exciting new products or services are now on offer? Voiceovers are a useful tool to provide customers with information about your business.

Sound studio

How to record a voiceover 

When recording audio for your video, ideally you want to be working in a sound studio, but not everyone has access to one. Luckily there are things you can do to get clean, high quality audio no matter your location. First, decide where you are going to work. It needs to be a quiet space. Try standing in the room and pay attention to any noises you can hear. Some things will be easy to notice like street noise or traffic. Other noises might be harder to hear for example noise from heating vents or air conditioning units. Do your best to reduce these noises. If you notice some echo, try covering hard surfaces like tiles and hardwood floors with soft materials like blankets. This will reduce the echo. Next, set yourself up with a good quality microphone and get ready to record. Be sure to do numerous takes to familise yourself first with the script, and then you can focus on delivery.

For more tips on how to record a profession voiceover at home, have a look at this article.

Sound editing

How to edit your recording

Now that you have created your audio, now it is time to edit it. There are many different editing software programs available to edit. For this example we will be looking at Adobe Audition, but this can be applied to any program. Open audition and import the audio you want to edit. If you have multiple clips it can be helpful to merge the clips (highlight clips then right click and select merge) in one so that the effects you apply are used on everything. Double click on the clip to show the waveform and now you are ready to edit. Most sound editors will follow the same process: Equlise, normalise, compress, and normalise. Apply effects to reduce the background noise such as Capture Noise Print and Noise Reduction. Other effects such as the Parametric Equaliser, Dynamics, and DeNoiser, will improve the quality of your audio. Once complete, re-sync the sound with your video.

Editing software

Next Steps

Voiceover recording is an important part of making a video. It communicates information to you customers and gives your video a professional feel. Keep reading for information about Music & SFX.