Adding a voice over to a video is a great way to improve audience understanding and engagement. Whether you are making a corporate video or adding narration to a screen recording, a voice over will make your content much richer. The development of voice over software has made it so simple to add voice over to video. Let’s look at when you should add a voice over to a video and exactly how you do it.

When Should You Add Voice Over to Video?

You should add a voice over to a video when you want to clarify what people are seeing on screen. If the video is a movie or a TV show, then it has sufficient context that a voice over is not needed, although narrators are sometimes used to add context to a story.

Voice overs work great when you are giving people information. They are instrumental when you are creating marketing materials like explainer videos. Explainer videos essentially perform as more entertaining PowerPoint presentations. The video acts as the slide visuals, and the voice over acts as the presenter. 

Voice over not only increases engagement, but also improves accessibility. It makes content more inclusive for people who have visual impairments or who learn audibly. If you use voice over software like LOVO, you can also easily add multiple languages to a video, increasing its global accessibility.

7 Steps for Adding Voice Over to Your Video Content

Adding voice over to your video content is easy, but there are a few key elements that you need to consider. Follow these seven simple steps to start creating professional videos.

Step 1. Choose the Right Voice Over Script

Writing your voice over script can be a daunting task, and can be the most challenging part of this process if you choose to do it yourself. 

When writing your script, keep your audience at the front of your mind. Think about what they need to know, what they want to hear, and how they like to hear it. The tone of your script should be a reflection of your audience. 

Ensure you keep the script concise and with a natural flow. You want to have a clear message but don’t be afraid to tell a story. To keep your audience’s attention, your video needs to be entertaining as well as informative. Finally, always end with a call to action (CTA). Give your audience something to do once your video is over. 

If writing the script yourself is too daunting, why not have your voice over software write it for you? LOVO’s AI writer can prepare a professional script to your specifications in moments.

Step 2. Select the Perfect Voice Software Solution

Choose a voice over software that makes it easy to start your first project. When finding the software that’s right for you, consider: 

  • Which voice over tools you will want to utilize when adding the audio file to your video
  • Whether you want to use more traditional text-to-speech or an AI-created voice clone
  • Which languages you want your audio to be translated into

All of these considerations should help you choose the perfect voice over software for your project. 

Step 3. Select a Voice and Language

The range of voices that you can choose from is vast. You can specify factors, including the gender, ethnicity, and age of the voice you choose. If you want to get a truly custom voice, you can use voice cloning technology. This allows you to reproduce the voice of a human and create unlimited audio files using that voice. Voice cloning recreates the nuances of a human voice, not just the accent, pitch, and tone. 

The best AI voice generators also allow you to choose from a range of languages. This speech feature is a massive advantage if you make a video targeted toward a more international market. Producing multiple versions of your voice over in different languages is easy to do, but each new audio must be created separately. Ensure you match the script’s language with the language of the voice you choose.

Step 4. Type or Paste Your Script

Before you add your script to the speech tool, ensure there are no errors or typos. It can also be helpful to segment the script into manageable sections with clear headings. At this stage, you can also specify any pronunciation notes. Depending on the software you use, you can highlight words for emphasis and specify the overall tone of the AI voice over.

Step 5. Export the Voiceover File

When you are ready to export the voice over recording to an audio file, simply choose the file type and quality. You can also adjust the volume level of the voice recording and, depending on your software, the playback speed.

Name the file something appropriate and save it in a secure location. If you have saved it in high quality, you may also want to consider compressing the file to save on storage. Now, you are ready to add your voice over to the video.

Step 6. Fine-Tune the Voice Over Recording and Video Synchronization

This is when you open the video editor to synchronize the voice to the video timeline. Ensure that your volume levels remain consistent throughout the video playback and that the voice over does not overshadow any crucial sounds that are already present in the video.

Step 7. Enhance the Impact of Voice Over With Background Music

If you want to make your video even more engaging, consider adding background music. You can use one song throughout or add several audio tracks in various parts of your video. Choose an audio track that is on brand and doesn’t distract from the information being given in the voice over. Ensure that each audio level is appropriate so they meld well together.

When choosing your music, it is important to consider copyright laws. You must use royalty-free music or obtain permission to use the music. 

Leverage Realistic AI Voices That Captivate Your Audience

LOVO offers a full range of features to help you in your video production. Script writing, AI voice creation, and an inbuilt video editor are all available. To captivate audiences, you can also generate AI voice clones with real human emotion. Join the over 700,000 professionals already using LOVO by getting started for free today.