The Do-It-Yourself Voice-over
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You hear voice-overs just about every day. On the radio, television production, films, training videos, web presentations, and on commercials on TV are just some of the productions that use voice recordings.
Voice-overs are recorded and placed over the top of a video or film and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information.
Although many of these are hired professional voice-overs, many people are unaware that producing a good voice-over isn’t as difficult as they might think and the equipment you need is inexpensive. And you don't need to have a naturally gifted voice to create a good quality voice-over.
In this course you will learn about basic audio recording techniques, equipment options, acoustic treatment, and how to properly use equipment for producing great voice-overs. In addition to the technical aspect of this course, you will also learn about how to prepare for the script.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
There isn't an industry standard voice-over equipment setup, but you will need a few pieces of gear to start with. In this lesson you will learn about the basic tools you will need, and coming up later in this course you will learn about the differences between these tools.
|Section 2: Basics of Audio Recording|
In this lesson you will learn about some of the essential terms and concepts in recording like analog to digital conversion, sample rates, and bit depths.
Signal-to-noise ratio is one of the most important aspects of audio recording. In music recording, a bit of noise can often be masked by other instruments, but with a single voice you are much more exposed, and getting a good signal-to-noise ratio is critical.
|Section 3: Equipment|
Audio recording can be done with very modest equipment, and you have a lot of options in relatively inexpensive audio recording software. In this lesson you will learn about some of the things you want to consider in your audio recording system and the software you use for recording and editing.
As mentioned earlier in this course, one of the essential tools for audio recording is an audio interface. In this lesson you will learn about some of the options for input, output and monitoring, and get some recommendations on what to purchase.
Talking about which microphone to use for a particular application is a minefield, because everyone has opinions. In this lesson you will learn about a few different microphone types and get some recommendations on what to use.
Everyone wants to record with one of those large, fancy studio mics, but great recordings can be made with a small diaphragm condenser too. In this lesson you will learn about the differences, and hear some examples of how good, inexpensive condensers can sound.
Monitors and headphones are essential for monitoring your recording, mixing and editing. This is another area where it is easy to get lost in specifications and options. Fear not—in this lesson you will learn what to look for and get some recommendations for specific gear to use for your productions.
|Section 4: Controlling the Sound|
Where should you record your voice-overs? Will your office or bedroom sound OK, or will it need some treatment to help the sound? In this lesson you will learn about the pitfalls of setting up your microphone in an untreated space.
Acoustic treatment panels absorb sound and cut down on echo. Installing them can make your space much easier to work in for both recording and editing. In this lesson you will learn where to position acoustic panels for a neutral-sounding recording.
|Section 5: Recording Your Voice-Over|
In this lesson you will learn how to prepare for recording voice-overs. These simple steps will save you time and make the process much smoother.
In this lesson you will learn exactly how to set up the microphone to reduce plosives and still get a great signal-to-noise ratio.
Setting levels is a balance between a strong signal and reducing noise and avoiding clipping. In this lesson you will learn how to set levels for your recording.
|Section 6: Wrapping It Up|
Getting Started With A Voice-over Business
David is a Videographer, Photographer, Producer, Entrepreneur & Web Content Manager.
David started his professional videography & photography businesses at the young age of 19 where he mainly worked within the sport of snowboarding. He has since expanded his services and now specializes in business promotional content and a wide variety of other camerawork.
Dave's work has taken him to Africa, Europe, Cuba, most of the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States.
His clients make up a list of who's who of the Fortune 500: General Electric, Verizon, Costco, Sears, Ford, Coca-Cola, Macy's, 3M, AT&T, and Kraft Foods, to name a few.
He has also worked for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E, and ESPN.
His aim is to teach individuals and small businesses ways to create better videos and photos.