What makes a good voice-over? In a lecture it is like this, the content can still be so good if the speaker does not succeed in entraining his audience, what is said is usually lost. The voice-over is similar: it depends not only on what is said but also how it is said. We will guide you in 5 steps to your first voice-over and show you what you can expect from the sound and synchronization professionals.
Access the script
Put what you want to say in a nutshell and write it down. Sure: easier said than done. First, think about who your audience will be. What knowledge can you expect from them? What should your listeners know or know after watching your video? The more clearly you answer these questions, the easier it will be for you to write your script. With the professional voice over talent you can find the perfect solutions.
Develop a script before dubbing your videos
It is up to you to decide whether you should only write down key points or formulate your sentences in writing. The important thing is that you know what you want to say and do not stumble when recording. If you write whole sentences: Make sure that they are neither too short nor too long. A good measure of this is the rule “one thought, one sentence”. More tips for a good script can be found here.
Find yourself a place as quiet as possible. Many electronic devices emit an operating noise that our ears barely notice. The quality of your recording may be affected. If you are forced to record in your office, check the room acoustics by clapping your hands. Does the room sound “dry” or does it resonate? The radio drama and podcast community provides plenty of creative ideas on the net about how to easily reverb less. Some basically take up a blanket over their heads – no joke!
A quiet recording location will later facilitate the sound editing of your videos
When using a micro, be sure to position it correctly. Even if you know it differently from the television: Do not speak from above into the microphone, but over the microphone head away. Place it at a distance of about 15 to 20 cm to your mouth and slightly lower than chin height.
Take a few minutes to properly adjust the recording volume in your audio program. Ideally, your voice should reach between -20 and -10 dB. The maximum rash should be at -6 dB. If you go over 0 dB, it will overdrive. The good thing is: you do not have to remember anything about it! Audio programs such as Audacity or Adobe Audition use traffic light colors to show you whether the level is in the green range and when it will be critical.
Audio programs make controlling your voiceover a breeze
Make sure that the microphone sound is disabled during recording: If the option “loop through software” is selected in Audacity, remove the checkmark. Otherwise, the recording increases immeasurably, and there is unpleasant feedback.