In the year 2019, video content will reach an all-time high. 80 percent of internet content will be based on video.
Video is more important than ever nowadays, and with all the competition is important you pay attention to the quality of your product.
Voice-over narration is as important as the video itself, which is why we want to help you make your narrative stand out.
Read on for some helpful tips.
Record in a Quiet Place
If you don’t have a professional recording studio where you can cancel out any noises, you still need to make sure you find a quiet place to record. Failure to cancel out noises can result in an unprofessional recording.
There are many ways you can record in a quiet place even if you don’t have a recording studio. For example, there are many co-working spaces that offer conference rooms for their members. See if it’s possible for you to record at your office after hours.
If recording in a conference room is not an option, you can always make it work at home.
In order to make your recording as professional as possible, make sure you turn off any appliances that can interfere with your recording. For example, make sure no one runs the washing machine, microwave, or fans.
Make sure you record when the house is at its quietest such as the early morning or evening. If you live by yourself, you might have the freedom to record at any time.
You also need to find a smaller space to record to ensure you can buffer the noise. There are some people who like to record in their closet because clothes serve as a great sound buffer.
Of course, there are people who choose to hang blankets on the walls to create a sound buffer.
Although you don’t have to spend thousands on recording equipment, you also have to make sure it does the job. Without the right equipment, your recordings will not sound professional and you risk losing your audience.
Start by investing in a quality microphone, so avoid using the built-in microphone in your computer.
There are many great and affordable USB microphones you can connect to your computer and that will offer crisp and clear sound.
It’s also a great idea to download recording software to ensure you can produce the best finished product. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on software, there are a few cheaper options.
For example, there are built-in programs such as GarageBand available to Mac users, or Audacity which is also free. Most of these programs are compatible with most microphones and allow you to make edits.
Experts also recommend screen capture software because it displays the subject material on the screen during narration.
Of course, if you plan on sharing your recordings, you also need high-speed internet. Video files are quite large, so unless you have a fast connection, it will be a huge pain to get it all uploaded in a short time.
When you talk to your internet company, make sure you request a service that has at least 12 Mbps. This speed will also make it possible for you to live-stream videos without any issues.
Write Your Video Script
Once you have sorted out the recording location and the equipment, you can work on the script for the voice-over narration.
The key to a successful narration is preparation. Make sure you take your time preparing a script. Start by drafting an outline with all of your talking points.
If you are really familiar with the subject, you can get away with only having an outline. However, if you don’t feel comfortable just using an outline, you will have to script the entire thing.
Having a word for word script will ensure you don’t stray away from the subject, and your video will sound professional.
Record a Tryout Demo
Even if you set up the room and you get the right equipment, things can still go wrong. Before you do the recording from start to finish, make sure you record a short demo.
Listen to the demo and make sure you like the quality of the recording. Once you’re happy with your demo, you can go ahead and record the real one.
The last thing you want is to get to the ending of the recording and discover the sound is not quite right.
The next thing you need to do to ensure you produce the best video narration possible is work on your tone. There are many factors you need to take into account. For example, your audience wants to hear someone who is interesting and engaging.
If your tone is monotone and quiet, they will lose interest in what you have to say even if it’s a subject they like.
The best way to avoid sounding monotone is to pretend you’re having a conversation with someone. Some experts recommend you try smiling as you talk in order to sound natural and conversational.
In order to sound professional, some experts recommend you do exercises to warm up your voice. You should also drink plenty of water before the session so your throat doesn’t dry out in the middle of the recording.
Make sure you also keep plenty of warm fluids around such as tea or room temperature water. Try not to drink anything carbonated, caffeine, or cold beverages.
Some experts believe they can record better standing up. The benefit of standing up is you will feel more awake and alert, and your breathing will be better.
Cut Bad Habits
It’s important you’re aware of any bad habits you might have while you speak. For example, some people tend to say the words “like,” “uh,” and “um” after every word.
You should also avoid wordiness and other habits such as fidgeting and shaking.
How to Record a Great Voice-Over Narration
Now that you know how to record great voice-over narration, it’s time you give your videos the boost they need.
Start by recording in a quiet place, invest in quality equipment, and have a professional tone.