Tips for creating a professional voice-over video
How to add voice to a video on your computer
Step 1. Install the voice-over maker
Launch the installation file and follow the software instructions to complete the process.
Step 2. Open the video in the program
Launch Movavi Video Editor, click the Add Files button and select the video you want to add a voice-over to. The selected file will appear in the Media Bin. Drag and drop your file into the Timeline at the bottom of the program window.
Step 3. Add voice-over to the video
Click the Record Audio button above the timeline to see the audio recording options. Select your recording device from the Audio device list. If you want to keep track of the video while recording your voice-over, check Play video during the recording.
Now it’s time to add voice to the video! Place the red marker at the point on the timeline where you want to start the voice-over and click Start Recording. Click Stop Recording to finish the sound capture.
Step 4. Edit the level of background sound
If the source video has a soundtrack, it will play alongside the voice-over. If the sound interferes with your commentary, you can make the existing soundtrack sound quieter so you can use it as background music or even turn it off.
Select the source soundtrack. It should be right below the video track. Then click the Clip Properties button. Drag the Volume slider left to lower the soundtrack volume. We recommend a volume of around 20% of the original.
To disable the source audio completely, click the Mute track button to the left of the track. If you decide to turn the background sound back on, click the same icon again to unmute the video.
Step 5. Add effects to the voice-over (optional)
If you want to change the way your voice sounds on the recording, select the voice audio track on the Timeline. Open the More Tools section and click Audio Effects, then choose an effect from the drop-down list. You can listen to examples of some of these effects in our YouTube tutorial on how to voice-over a video linked at the top of this page.
Step 6. Save the result
Click the Export button and choose the format in which you want to save the video. You can choose any of the available formats or a preset specifically made for your smartphone, tablet, or even TV. Now click Start to save the result to your PC or Mac.
Now you know how to make a voice-over video using Movavi Video Editor. Read on to learn how to add voice to a video on mobile devices.
Movavi Video Editor
* The free version of Movavi Video Editor has the following restrictions: a 7-day trial period, a watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length.
How to add voice-over to a video on an iPhone
Step 1. Launch Movavi Clips and add a video file
Follow the link and download the iOS version of the app. Tap on the icon to launch Movavi Clips. Touch the Plus button to add your footage and select Video from the two pictograms that appear. Decide on the aspect ratio according to your needs vertical, widescreen, or square – then tap OK. Select the video file you want to edit and touch Start editing.
Step 2. Add voice to your video
Now you see the main Movavi Clips screen. On the toolbar, tap Voiceover. On the next screen, turn the audio down if needed by moving the Video volume slider. If you want to start the narration from a particular moment, scroll the video until the vertical marker reaches this place (don’t do anything if you want to start from the beginning). Now tap the red button with a microphone on it. After a short countdown, the recording will start. Tap the red button again to stop recording your voice, then touch the Check mark button to apply the voiceover.
Step 3. Save the results
If you like your voiceover, save the video. Tap the Save icon and then the Save button which will appear on the next screen. In just a few minutes, you can use the result anywhere!
The guide above was about recording a voice-over on an iPhone, and below you’ll find how to do a voice-over on a video on Android phones.
How to do a voice-over on an Android phone
Step 1. Run the app and upload a clip
Get Movavi Clips from Google Play. After the download is complete, touch the application icon. Tap the Plus button to add your video and choose the Video option from the pictograms that appear. Find the footage you want to edit and touch it, then tap Start editing. Specify the aspect ratio you need.
Step 2. Record your voice
To add your voice to the video, touch the Voiceover icon on the toolbar. You’ll see a new window with voiceover and sound settings. Touch the Cogwheel icon to adjust the video volume if it is too loud. If you want your voice to appear in the middle of your footage, scroll the video and place the vertical marker wherever you want the voice-over to start. Now begin recording: tap the red Microphone button at the very bottom to begin the countdown. Narrate your clip. After the job’s done, touch the red button again to stop recording and then tap the Check mark icon.
Step 3. Store the result
Use the Floppy disc button to save the clip. Tap Save on the next screen. Your creation is now ready. Share it with your friends!
Tips to improve sound quality when layering audio over a video
Record your sound in a quiet room
Whether you’re narrating an audiobook or you’re doing a tutorial it’s essential that your record sound in a quiet environment. Don’t record your audio outside because the sound of the wind can muffle your voice. Sit in a room where you can’t hear people walking around or talking in your house because you’ll have to spend more time editing this out later.
Additionally, you don’t want to record in a room that has too much acoustics. You want to work in a room that has sound characteristics that will complement your voice. On the other hand, if you have a quality audio over video software, you can edit out unwanted background noise.
Consider using a microphone
We recommend using a standard microphone to record your voice-over as opposed to your laptop. You can get a relatively affordable USB microphone or use your headphones microphone to record your voice.
If you’re going to use an external microphone, you should also invest in a pop filter to reduce or minimize popping sounds, especially when you speak.
Additionally, you should consider microphone placement. Don’t place the mic too close to your mouth because you don’t want your listeners to hear you breathing. Ideally, you want to place a microphone about 6 inches or 8 inches away from your mouth when you speak.
Adjust your audio level
When doing voice-overs or even placing a dub over someone’s voice on a video, you don’t want the sound to be distorted or too low for your listeners to hear. Audio sound is measured in decibels (dB) and the recommended measurement for voice-overs is between -10 dB and -20 dB.
Your audio shouldn’t exceed 0 dB because it can distort your sound and you may have some crackling noises in the background. With the proper voice-over software, you can adjust the sound of your audio. The software may indicate if your audio is too loud or soft for your listeners so you can adjust it accordingly.
Adjust your vocal tone
When talking over your videos, you want to speak as naturally as possible and talk in an uplifting manner. Speaking in a monotone voice will bore your listeners, which will make them not want to watch your videos. Before you start recording, practice your pace and your tone of voice and make sure you’re speaking in a way that’s not too soft or loud.
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Frequently asked questions
How do you add voice to a video on an iPhone?
There are several ways you can add a voice-over to your video on iOS. You can choose one of the options below.
Using Movavi Clips
Movavi Clips is a mobile video-editing app available on the App Store. To learn how to add a voice-over with Movavi Clips, use the link below.
To add a voice to your video with iMovie, follow these instructions.
Launch the iMovie app on your iPhone and import the video you want to add a voice-over to. On the Timeline, put the vertical marker where you want the voice-over to begin, tap the Plus sign, and choose Voiceover. As soon as you are ready to begin recording, tap Record. First, there will be a three-second countdown, and then you can start talking. Tap Stop when you are ready to finish the recording. A menu will appear offering you to Cancel, Retake, Review, or Accept the recorded voice-over. If you’re content with the result, tap Accept. The recording will appear as a new clip on the Timeline.
How do you match your voice to a video?
You can match your voice to a video using Movavi Video Editor. Just install the program on your PC or Mac and follow our guide.
Launch the program and import your files by clicking the Add Files button in the Import section or simply drag and drop your files into the program window.
Drag your video from the Media Bin onto the Video Track, and your audio onto the Audio Track. If you have two videos with soundtracks you want to match, create an additional Video Track. To do this, click the Plus sign above the Timeline, choose Add Video Track, and then place your second video on the new track.
Select your video and audio (or two videos), open the Tools tab, and select Audio. Here, click Synchronization, then Synchronize. The program will do the rest.
If you’re happy with the result, save your voice-over video. Click Export, name your video, choose the appropriate video format and destination folder, and finally, click Start.
This is it! The automatic audio tracks synchronization feature helps unite soundtracks recorded with multiple devices into a single track. This feature is especially helpful for those who use a camera and a lavalier microphone to record sound.
How can I be a good narrator?
If you want to be a good narrator, there are plenty of videos online that teach you how to be a voice actor. The best narrators are excellent articulators because they don’t over or under articulate their sentences. Narrators also know when to use accents and when not to use them. You can learn to become a good narrator through extensive practice and by reading more books.
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