How to Add Voice-over to Your Animoto Video

Megan O'Neill


With over 85 percent of Facebook videos being watched on silent, it’s important to be able to tell video stories without sound. That said, voice-over can be a nice way to provide more color for those who choose to watch with sound on. Plus, it can be a highly effective method for video storytelling in videos specifically designed to be played with the sound on—such as on YouTube or your website.


In this guide, we’ll show you how to add voice-over to your Animoto video. In order to add voice-over to an Animoto video, you’ll need a few things:

  • A recording device and recording software (we recommend the Voice Memos app on your phone if you don’t have professional equipment)
  • A commercially-licensed music track (if you want to pair music with your voice-over)
  • An audio editing software like GarageBand

We’ll show you how to create an MP3 track with your voice-over (and optional music) to upload to Animoto. This process can be used to create a video like the example below.

Ready to create a video with voice-over? We’ve outlined the steps below.

Step 1: Storyboard your video

The first thing you’ll need to do is come up with the story you’d like to tell in your video. Create a storyboard to map out what imagery you’d like to show, and write out a script for what you’d like to say in your voice-over.

In Animoto, you can start from a template or from scratch. Browse our templates to see if there’s one that will work for your video.

Step 2: Create your video

Once you’ve got your video storyboarded and your voice-over scripted, it’s time to create the visuals for your video. Add images and video clips, text if you’d like, and customize colors and fonts. Need help? Check out our complete guide to getting started with Animoto.

Step 3: Practice your voice-over with your video

Once your video is created, preview it and practice your voice-over while it’s playing. You may notice that some blocks display for too long or move too quickly. Adjust until your voice-over flows naturally with the imagery in your video. Once you’ve got your video fine-tuned, it’s time to record!

Step 4: Record your voice-over

While your Animoto video is previewing, go ahead and record your voice-over while you watch the preview, just like when you practiced. You can use the Voice Memo app on your phone, or record directly into an audio editing program on your computer, like GarageBand. Make sure to record in a quiet spot. We’ll share more tips below.

Step 5: Save your voice-over file as an MP3

If you want music to play in the background behind your voice-over, this is also where you’ll need to add music. You can do this in an audio editing program. Alternatively, when you record your voice-over, you can have your music playing in the background so it’s all recorded together. However, the results won’t be as high-quality as they will if you combine the voice-over track with music later.

When you’re done, export your audio file as an MP3. If you’re using a program that allows you to select the type of file export, pick the .mp3 file extension and you’re all set. If your program saves the file as something else, you can convert it to an MP3 using an online converter or iTunes.

Step 6: Upload your voice-over to Animoto

When your voice-over file is ready, you can easily upload it to play as the music track in your video. Preview your video to make sure everything looks and sounds the way you want it to. When you’re done, produce and share!

Voice-over recording tips

Want to make sure your voice-over sounds its best? We’ve put together some tips to help you out.

Voice-over Tip #1: Drink some water

It sounds like a silly tip, but drinking taking a sip of water before you record your voice-over can really make all the difference. This is especially important if you’re recording voice-over with a microphone close to your mouth and will help your voice sound its best.

Voice-over Tip #2: Mic up!

A microphone will help your voice-over sound more crisp and clear. You don't need to be constrained by the microphone on your computer or phone. Attach a microphone and record your voice-over with that. The microphone doesn’t have to be expensive. Here at Animoto we frequently record our voice-overs using the mics on our smartphone headphones.

Voice-over Tip #3: Take a redo

If at first you don’t succeed, you can always try again! Record your voice-over, listen to how it sounds within your video, and if you aren’t happy with it, just record it again. Once you’re happy with how it sounds, publish and share your video with the world!