So, you\u2019ve got a killer video that\u2019s going to knock your audience\u2019s socks off; now all you need to do is match that with some fantastic audio to add the finishing touch. To make any video project look professional, you need both elements to be excellent \u2013 if either is lacking, you\u2019re going to come across as an amateur.\nWith that in mind, here are ten tips for capturing amazing video voice overs:\n1. Find the right spot.\nIf a professional studio is out of your budget, find the best spot in your house to record. Read the script aloud in each room and listen carefully to find out if any rooms are suitable. Listen out for any problems that are easily fixed, such as reverb (use a hyper-cardoid mic) or \u2018dead\u2019 sound (try removing those super heavy curtains that absorb all of the sound).\n2. Take a stand.\nNo matter how far away you hold the script while you\u2019re recording your voiceover, it\u2019s likely that you\u2019ll still be able to hear the paper rustling. Invest in a book stand that will hold your script still. Also, factor in the breaks to your script \u2013 print it off in a way that each section can be displayed without having to turn the page.\n3. Go pop.\nYou\u2019ll want to avoid plosive and sibilance \u2013 these are the posh words for the popping and hissing noise you sometimes hear during recordings with words beginning with \u2018P\u2019 or with \u2018S\u2019 in them. So, it\u2019s a great idea to invest in a pop filter, which is a shield that sits between the speaker and the microphone. Pop filters cost around $10-25.\nHowever, if you want to test whether you actually need one, try out your microphone with the \u2018popcorn \/ seashell\u2019 test. Listen back to a recording of yourself saying these words to see if you can hear any popping or hissing.\n4. An apple a day\u2026.\nTo get the best vocals from your speaker, you\u2019ll need their mouth to be slightly wet. However, endless sips of water could lead to more time spent in the bathroom than in front of the microphone! A great tip is to keep a tart apple (such as a Granny Smith) on hand. A bite will clear the decks, so to speak, and your performer\u2019s vocals will sound crystal clear.\n5. Listen carefully\u2026.\nRecording your vocals \u2018deaf\u2019 and hoping to fix any issues in the editing suite is a recipe for disaster. A good pair of headphones or monitoring speakers are just as important as a decent microphone. You\u2019ll pick up detail that you might have missed otherwise, and you can monitor the quality much more closely. It\u2019s probably going to be much easier to retake the recording than to try to edit out imperfections later.\n6. Wordsmith wonders.\nThough your script may read beautifully on the page, it could be a totally different ball game when you\u2019re reading it aloud. Keep it concise, and easy to pronounce. Then, make sure that you practise reading it a few times before giving it to any performers.\n7. Don\u2019t stop believin\u2019.\nJust because your voiceover artist has collapsed into a fit of giggles, or the mic is playing up, doesn\u2019t mean that the whole project is doomed to fail. Take a deep breath, and assess the situation. Sometimes taking a short break will make all the difference.\n8. The best things in life are free.\nThough paying for a professional voiceover artist is, unsurprisingly, likely to yield more professional results, if this is your first project and your budget is limited then it might be worth considering getting in touch with a local college or university. Media students are likely to be looking for work experience, and if you can offer them something that will look good on their CV they may just do the job for free.\u00a0However, if possible try to give them something for their hard work \u2013 whether it\u2019s a thank you gift or the promise of a great reference, they should be rewarded for helping you out.\n9. Save it.\nThe worst thing that could happen once you\u2019ve worked so hard at creating the audio would be to have to start again from scratch, so make sure you save your work properly. If you\u2019re going to be doing lots of filming and recording, it might be wise to invest in an external hard drive and back up your work regularly.\n10. Well dressed.\nBoth you as producer and your voiceover artist (or, if you\u2019re the same person, just you) need to dress for the occasion. The recording studio, wherever it may be, could get hot and stuffy or be too cold, and either way the recording will suffer due to the speaker feeling uncomfortable. Dress in layers so that you can easily cool down or warm up without interrupting the session for too long.\nCan\u2019t Get Enough Great Video Marketing Content? The Vidyard Newsletter is a great bi-weekly dose of video marketing tips, inspiration, and resources. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the classiest content around!