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How to add voice-over to your marketing videos

Adding voice-over to your marketing video is fast, easy, and can help your video stand out from the crowd. In Animoto, you can add voice-over to any individual block in your video, giving you flexibility to shift around your narration and images without starting your voice-over from scratch. Read on to learn how to add voice-over to your next project, and get some tips for helping it sound its best.

1. Record your voice-over

Select a block you’d like to add voice-over to. You’ll see a small icon, second from the left, that looks like a microphone. When you click on it, you’ll find a button labeled RECORD. Click and hold down on that button; then start talking to add your voice-over.

2. Timing your recording

After you click RECORD, you’ll see a notice telling you that you’re recording, along with a timer counting up. Try to match up your voice-over to the timing of your block. You can find out exactly how many seconds your block lasts by checking the number to the left of the voice-over icon.

3. After you record

When you’ve finished recording, you can play back your voice-over, delete it, or re-record it. Once you’re happy with your recording, you can add voice-over to other blocks in your video, or preview your whole video to hear your voice-over in action.

Voice-over Best Practices

Before you hit the record button, take a look at a few of the ways you can get your voice-over to sound its best.

  • Use a microphone. An inexpensive mic can often give you a clearer, more consistent voice-over than the microphone on your computer. Even a pair of headphones with a microphone—the type you’d ordinarily plug into your phone—can cut down on background sound and give you a higher-quality voice-over. But if you plan to do a lot of voice-over work, and want to invest in audio equipment, a condenser microphone would be a good choice.
  • Choose a small, quiet room. A larger room or one that tends to echo can distort the sound of your voice-over. Instead, just find a quiet spot that’s free from distractions.
  • Be mindful of your mouse. When you hit record, make sure you don’t accidentally record the sound of you clicking your mouse to start your voice-over. If you have a laptop, try your trackpad instead of a mouse. If you’re using a desktop computer, keep the mouse as far from your microphone as possible to minimize noise.
  • Pick an instrumental. Songs with lyrics can compete with voice-over, making it hard to hear the person speaking, so when you select music for your video, try an instrumental or a song with light vocals.

Lower your song volume to make your voice-over easier to hear. Click the Music icon on the left-hand side of your screen, and then adjust the volume with the “Song Volume” slider.

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