How to record a voiceover

Whether you need to narrate a film or documentary, or correct some dialogue that was lost or muffled on set, film makers will at one point or another, need to record a voice over.

Voice_Over2.jpgHere, we go through the process of setting up microphones, recording software, syncing and exporting. We're using the SSL Duality SE at JMC Academy, and AVID Pro Tools to take you through the steps. Watch for the examples at the end from Family Guy, Shrek & The Nanny (Plus bloopers)!

Hi, today we will show you how to correctly do a voice-over for your film project. Recording additional dialogue is important for film and animation as most dialogue captured on set can become interfered by other hazards such as weather, costume and choreography. Professionally recorded audio dubbing will improve the quality of your film project. 

Step one, open a new session in your recording software, for this project we will be using Pro Tools.

Step two, import your video file into the viewer window.

Step three, set up your microphones and correctly adjust the audio levels. We suggest sourcing an audio engineer who has experience in this field for crystal clear quality audio.

Step four, loop the video and record multiple takes to ensure you have correctly synced your voice to the character on screen. Take as many takes as you would like. 

Step five, Select the best recorded track and export this session. Alternatively you can choose to have an audio engineer apply different effects for a flawless ADR track. 

Great! You’ve completed a voice-over. This will allow your audio mixer to correctly control the levels and balance between dialogue, music and atmosphere soundtracks.