How to Make a Voice-Over Video
Edited by Pat Bitton
August 7, 2019
Voice-over is a powerful cinematic tool, not just for amateur video creators but also professional directors. It enables you to narrate any story, comment on anything you want to clarify, and add your personal touch to any video. Adding voice-over to a video may sound challenging, but it’s worth the effort!
If you’re looking for software that’s a video maker with voice-over recording capability, try Movavi’s apps, available for computers and smartphones. For Mac or Windows, try Movavi Video Editor, and for iPhone or Android, Movavi Clips. These programs are easy-to-use, powerful video editing tools – just follow the guidelines below to add voice to a video with your computer or mobile device.
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How to Make a Voice-Over Video on a PC or Mac
To record a voice-over for your video using a computer, go with Movavi Video Editor. Even if this is your first attempt, you’re going to love the result: the program has a user-friendly interface so you won’t have any problems understanding what to do. Just download the Movavi software for your operating system and get started with editing!
If you prefer to watch video guides, here’s the Movavi voice-over video editing YouTube tutorial:
Install the Voice-Over Maker
Launch the installation file and follow the software instructions to complete the process.
Open the Video in the Program
Launch the Video Editor and choose New project. Then click the Add Media Files button and select the video you want to add a voice-over to. The selected file(s) will appear on the Timeline at the bottom of the program window.
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 and choose the Audio quality for the recording. We recommend you record the voice-over in mono at not less than 44.1 kHz. If you want to keep track of the video while you’re recording your voice-over, check Enable voice-over mode.
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. Press Stop Recording to finish the sound capture.
Edit the Level of Background Sound
If the source video has its own sound track, 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 sound track. It should be right below the video track. Then click the Audio Properties button to open the Tools section. 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.
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 Tools section again, scroll it down 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.
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.
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How to Add Voice to Footage on iPhone
If you want to edit video with your iPhone, try Movavi Clips. The application is specifically designed for mobile devices, so you can get the job done in just a few taps. The app is fast and doesn’t need much space. Here’s how to use it:
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.
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.
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 iPhone and below you’ll find the instructions for Android phones.
How to Use a Voice-Over Video Editor on an Android Phone
If you’re looking for a lightweight and fast mobile video editor, you’ve found it. Get Movavi Clips and you’ll see how simple adding a voiceover can be. Follow this guide to add a voice-over to your video on Android.
Run the App and Upload a Clip
Get Movavi Clips from Play Market. 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.
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.
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!