Ever wonder why whiteboard animations are so popular on social media?
The truth is that whiteboard videos are popular with both content creators and viewers. And for a good reason: people love the creative expression of unique ideas presented concisely, aesthetically pleasing, and well-structured. Moreover, the video always becomes tremendously captivating with an additional voiceover perfectly synchronized with the animation.
On the other hand, whiteboard animations are easy to produce and do not require any special skills, talent, or professional software, which is an excellent advantage for the creators.
If you, too, intend to attempt your hand at whiteboard animation but feel lost in the world of professional voiceovers, don’t worry. Even if you are a complete amateur, you can create a fantastic voiceover for your animation. The only thing you need to do it? Our quick guide.
How to record a voiceover
Okay, that might have been a lie. It would be best to have a few things to create a voiceover: a microphone, Microsoft Word or another word processing program, and an audio recording program. You probably already have most of this on your computer, or you can download it for free.
The good news is that the process is still not lengthy or complicated, as you can create your first audio in just three simple steps.
1. Prepare the script
The best way to start is to write a script in which you write down everything you want to say, word by word. You can create some bullet points to make them easier to read.
You must structure your speech well. Don’t jump right into the middle of the action: First, create a solid beginning where you introduce the topic in general and get the audience interested in the rest of your production. Then you can present the rest of the content, which is the main topic of the video. Remember to create a summary or recap at the end of the video to end the video smoothly.
2. Record the voiceover
To create a perfect voiceover, you don’t have to record yourself. Instead, you can use one of the wonders of the digital age, such as text-to-speech technology with a synthetic voice that converts your carefully written text into speech. That might be the best option for you if you don’t have the necessary equipment and software, which is also excellent quality, thanks to advanced AI technology.
If you decide to use your vocal cords instead, keep a few things in mind.
- First, prepare your environment: You should be in a quiet, carpeted room with no echo. Note that even minimal background noise can be heard when using the microphone.
- To ensure that you speak clearly and understandably, practice beforehand: Learn to speak slowly, get used to speaking into a microphone, and try to relax. Pay attention to your intonation to make sure your speech is logical and easy to understand.
- Practice speaking naturally: Your audience must not realize that you are reading from the script. That doesn’t mean you have to memorize the script, but you need to feel comfortable speaking the text aloud.
You should also pay attention to your voice:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Clear your throat before you start (and before the microphone is turned on).
- Take the necessary breaks between takes.
If you make a mistake throughout the recording, pause, later, you can cut that part out and keep using the rest of the good parts when you edit your material. This way, you save yourself hours of work!
3. Edit the voiceover
Speaking of editing: Don’t forget to remove all failed attempts and mute background noise. Most free programs have this option. After the final editing, remember to save the file in MP3 format, import it into the video file and adjust it without any problems. Add the audio to the video.
Tips on finding the best voice actor or actress for your video
1. Identify quality voices
Do your homework and search for the best voice actors. Websites are a good starting point for searching for talent online (and usually, they can do the work from anywhere). Referrals are also an excellent method for finding good voice actors. Always ask your potential talent for more than a screen test.
2. Use a voice that fits your target audience and brand
Keep your target audience in mind when choosing voice actors. For example, would a male or female voice be more compelling? Is an accent necessary? If the video is aimed at children, you may want a higher-pitched voice and more enthusiasm, while for more upscale clientele, choose a more sophisticated tone.
3. Pay attention to the subtle qualities of the voice
Don’t just listen to the speaker for the sound of their voice. Please pay attention to the qualities of his voice as well. Are the pitch and tone clear? Does he pronounce the words? Is the rhythm of speech fluid? Is there something unique about his voice? A memorable voice helps people remember and identify with your video/product.
4. Ask about the equipment
A professional voice actor should have his studio equipment. That includes a studio-quality microphone. Having the right equipment is crucial because the quality of the recording makes all the difference in your video. The voice can be as perfect as it is. If the recording is cracked or sounds hollow, you have a problem.
5. Don’t forget the business details
You may have found a great voice actor, but always ask critical questions. For example, how long will it take to get the recording done, and does that fit into your production schedule? Also, always ask about editing guidelines. There will likely be an editing fee if you need to change any part of the recording – even if it’s just a word or two. Find out in advance so you can plan your budget accordingly.
6. Never say you
We usually recommend hiring professional voice actors. It’s simply the easiest and fastest method to get the best results. However, you may also want to draw on the talent within your own company. For example, you may have a sales representative who knows the subject matter and can quickly deliver it. Or you may have a subject matter expert in your midst whose voice would be very credible since the material is based on her research. Find someone who has good equipment, or go to a studio. In these cases, we never recommend recording with a laptop.
When choosing your voice actor, keep the above tips in mind as you embark on your next video project. Remember that the voice is just as important as the content itself. Voice helps persuade, inform, and build rapport with your audience. Don’t neglect this critical part of your whiteboard animation, or you could diminish the effectiveness of your efforts.
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