Voice-Over in 60 Seconds
A voice-over is the unseen person who narrates; that could be in a commercial, a documentary or even in fiction. Find out more about voice-overs here, in 60 seconds.
Learn more about Voice-Overs on Tuts+:
- A Master Guide to Voice Compression—How To Compress Voice Recordings
- The Art of Voice Recording
- How to Choose the Right Microphone for Voice Recording
This is part of a new series of quick video tutorials on Tuts+. We’re aiming to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you’d like to see explained in 60 seconds!
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The voiceover is the unseen person who
narrates. That could be in a commercial, a
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documentary, or even in fiction. The right
voice with the right tone, pace, and
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character for your project will result in
a polished and professional result. The
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wrong or amateur voice will possibly
destroy everything else you put into
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Voiceovers use a variety of keywords to
get the tone right. Producers will tell
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the artist to be assuring, aggressive,
friendly, authoritative, and so on.
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When looking for the right voice, you
have to ask yourself some key questions.
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Who is my intended audience and what
type of voice will relate to them best?
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Would the information be best relayed by a man or a woman? Someone older or
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How will the voice fit best with the rest
of the production? The technical quality
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of the recording is also essential. Take
time choosing your voice-over and know that
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they will carry the narrative. Make that
choice very carefully and never as a
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rushed afterthought. I'm Mark Thorbun, and that was voice-overs in 60 seconds.