We all know that video marketing is booming, but do you have voice over on your videos? Or, do you already do voice overs, but the quality is not that good? In this article, we will cover important aspects regarding voice overs on your videos. Don't forget about the tips too, it could save you a lot of money!
Videos are designed to capture your audience through visual
stimulation. Adding music is also important, since it can add
emotion. Adding your voice to the mix puts the "icing on
the cake," and can actually be easier than you think.
The least expensive way to add a voice over is to purchase a
good quality computer microphone from your local retailer or office
supply store. If you have to spend a few extra dollars to get
quality, go for it. You want your voice to sound clear and professional
With your new microphone, you can record your voice over using
free (or paid) audio recording software available online. Your
computer probably has a recording feature also. If you know how
to create videos, then just embed the audio file into the production,
and you're set.
Here are some helpful tips for recording voice over:
1) Speak as clear as possible
2) Speak at a steady pace
3) Emphasize words that sell (such as "new," "introducing," etc.)
4) Don't speak to close to the microphone
5) Make sure there is no background noise
6) Join a voice over instructional newsletter
Using software to enhance your voice over:
To bring your voice over to the next level, you may want to also
work with audio editing or recording software. Pro Tools, for
example, is an excellent choice for software, and can also be
helpful for podcasting. Pro Tools is very comprehensive, and is
used by many leading industry professionals. If you're looking
for a free alternative, with less bells and whistles, check out
Audacity. With audacity, you can import and export various file
types and easily edit your audio files. There's also a neat features
where you can change the pitch, and work with other built-in effects
such as: Echo, Wahwah, Reverse, and Phaser. For voice overs, you'd
probably want to go with the echo or phaser effect. In addition
to these software, there are certainly other choices available
on the market, paid or for free, but Pro Tools and Audacity are
our top choices.
Where to go from here:
You might not have a radio style voice, but if you can pull off
a good voice over, you can save a lot of money without hiring
a voice over talent. If you do decide to hire a voice over talent,
shop around, and look on the web for web sites where voice over
talents can bid your projects.
Best of luck with your voice over and video journeys!
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