Voiceovers are an acquired skill. If you’ve never done them before, they’re not that easy to just jump into and do. Your first few aren’t going to be great, but you’ll get better at them the more you do.
The more you do, the more tips and tricks you’ll pick up, too. Kevin, the Basic Filmmaker has picked up more than a couple of tricks over the years to help him with voiceovers. In this video, he goes through 25 of them to help you with yours. He also shows practical demonstrations for many of them to illustrate why they’re a good idea.
- Find a quiet space to record in
- Use a good mic and recorder
- Format the audio card
- Use an iPad or computer for your script
- Say what each section is
- Read, scroll and continue
- Add some life to it
- No chair, stand up
- Breath so oxygen gets to the brain
- Be animated – be energetic
- Don’t split sentences
- Use interest when speaking
- Don’t slur words together
- No alcohol prior to recording
- Pronounce words clearly
- Give your voice a break
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Suck the juicy bits out
- Keep mic close to the mouth
- Set the recorder levels
- When repeating, leave space
- Use a good pacing throughout
- Pause so they can do the thing
- Don’t get bored – they’ll hear it
- HAVE FUN! They will hear it!
There’s a lot of other little nuggets of information in the video, too. And you’ll want to watch it anyway to get a little more of an explanation on some of the tips above.
Like I said, voiceovers are a challenge, but there are plenty of ways you can push yourself to improve. These tips should definitely help you to get started pushing your voiceover abilities. I use many of these tips and tricks myself when I need to record them.
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