With that in mind, here are ten tips for capturing amazing video voice overs:
1. Find the right spot
If 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 ‘dead’ sound (try removing those super heavy curtains that absorb all of the sound).
2. Take a stand
No matter how far away you hold the script while you’re recording your voiceover, it’s likely that you’ll 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 – print it off in a way that each section can be displayed without having to turn the page.
3. Go pop
However, if you want to test whether you actually need one, try out your microphone with the ‘popcorn / seashell’ test. Listen back to a recording of yourself saying these words to see if you can hear any popping or hissing.
4. An apple a day…
To get the best vocals from your speaker, you’ll 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’s vocals will sound crystal clear.
5. Listen carefully…
Recording your vocals ‘deaf’ 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’ll pick up detail that you might have missed otherwise, and you can monitor the quality much more closely. It’s probably going to be much easier to retake the recording than to try to edit out imperfections later.
6. Wordsmith wonders
7. Don’t stop believin’
Just because your voiceover artist has collapsed into a fit of giggles, or the mic is playing up, doesn’t 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.
8. The best things in life are free
9. Save it
10. Well dressed
Both you as producer and your voiceover artist (or, if you’re 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.