Recording voice over videos

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I need your expertise please.

How do you guys record voice over videos?

To date I have been using Powerpoint slides or Animoto with music. What is the best way to record voice over videos.

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author greatscott
    Can anybody recommend a good microphone for voice overs, something in the $15 to $30 range?? I'm looking for something like a lapel mic that pics up your voice clearly, but leaves all the background noise out??
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Reeves
      Originally Posted by greatscott View Post

      Can anybody recommend a good microphone for voice overs, something in the $15 to $30 range?? I'm looking for something like a lapel mic that pics up your voice clearly, but leaves all the background noise out??
      If this helps at all, I've always gotten much better audio quality from Microsoft LifeChat (lx-2000, or lx-3000) mics over any of the comparable Logitech mics. Both can typically be picked up for $30 or less from local retailers.

      The above suggested mics in conjunction with Camtasia's noise removal and medium volume variation option seem to produce decent results for me. I'm far from an audiophile but that combo sounds good to my ears.

      Thanks,
      Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author FirstSocialApps
    Your not likely to get a good microphone for $30. Though you can certainly get a low to mid quality mic from Ebay for that price.
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    • Profile picture of the author mattjay
      Originally Posted by dackers911 View Post

      I need your expertise please.

      How do you guys record voice over videos?

      To date I have been using Powerpoint slides or Animoto with music. What is the best way to record voice over videos.

      Thanks.
      Originally Posted by greatscott View Post

      Can anybody recommend a good microphone for voice overs, something in the $15 to $30 range?? I'm looking for something like a lapel mic that pics up your voice clearly, but leaves all the background noise out??
      Originally Posted by FirstSocialApps View Post

      Your not likely to get a good microphone for $30. Though you can certainly get a low to mid quality mic from Ebay for that price.
      Camtasia studio is the way when it comes to video editing and creation. There's plenty out there on how to use it if you get stuck.

      I bought a nice mic to use in recording, then a friend showed me his logitech mic he bought from walmart. They are very similar in audio quality. One cost about $99, one cost about $30.

      I guess if you want the TOP audio quality you would want to spend the big bucks, but i've never had a complaint on my $30 audios...
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    I use these tool to record videos:

    1) Camtasia Studio to record on-screen
    2) and Blue Yeti Mircophone for voice-over
    3) Vegas Pro to edit videos (very seldom)
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  • Profile picture of the author Sharon Hayes
    Get a free or inexpensive audio recording program that is decent. Find a video editor on odesk and send them the unedited audio and Powerpoint slides. For a typical 8 minute end video, it takes an editor around 3 hours @ $3.50-$5/hour depending on how good they are. It's really not worth the time to spend editing yourself or learning how to use software.

    Snowball mics are the best value for the $.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yadira Barbosa
    I use camtasia, because you can low the volume of the music and record your voice, adjust the time and volume for each channel and the video quality it's great with a good file size.

    You can do the same with Sony Vegas, but the size file it's really so much bigger than camtasia.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Mansfield
    Audacity is a good free recording tool. Good quality audio is hugely important - I'd suggest also buying (or making) a pop shield to reduce the 'popping effect' that many recordings suffer from.
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  • Profile picture of the author dackers911
    Camtasia looks good but it seems quite expensive at £220.

    Is there a cheaper alternative or a place that offers discount..
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    I'm a user of camtasia from last 2years. recently upgraded to v8, when they were offering $50off on upgrade in September. Its hard to find the discount place for camtasia 8. As they don't offer a opened affiliate program.
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  • Profile picture of the author echelon
    To add a over a video the program called "Sound Recorder" is one that can be used. This could be good if the video has been made before you decided to add your voice. After you have the voice file, you could add it to the video by using "Windows Live Movie Maker".

    This being, if you plan to make a screen capture video, camstudio for example permits to record your voice and your screen at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author dackers911
    Good advice, thanks guys.

    What would microphone would you suggest for say $30. Microsoft LifeChat was mentioned earlier, are there any others.
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  • Buy a Logitech desktop microphone. Logitech 9801860403 has a pretty good quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author RHUnruh
    Assuming you are on Windows...

    I create my audio tracks using Audacity combining both the music and voice in separate tracks. This allows me to work on getting volume working properly and to use fade-in and fade-out features. Audacity lets you remove noise which can be a great bonus if your microphone is not the highest quality.

    After creating the audio in Audacity I add it into my video using Microsoft Live Movie Maker. Many of my videos were created in Animoto, downloaded, and then modified using the combination of Audacity and Live Movie Maker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    I record the voice-over first. I was creating a PowerPoint show and using the voic-over track to time the presentation. I say was, because I have now switched to Camtasia.

    The key to the audio quality is a combination of the microphone, the mic pre-amp in your computer, and the room in which you record. A USB mic will bypass the analog pre-amp in your computer (this is a good thing). Put some blankets on the walls to deaden the room sound, and record when the furnace fan is not running.

    Several decent mics have been mentioned above.

    If you go to my personal Facebook page (just use my name) you will see what I use. Yes, it is overkill, but you can get a good sound by being careful with the room in which you record.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author adam7181
    My Screen Recorder is perfect for making demos and tutorials. I use a Plantronics headset for $60 and it is very clear.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    This is a good thread.

    Camtasia is one of the best software in recording video on screen.
    If you want to have a good voice over without any noise you need to use a high quality microphone.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    camtasia

    and also audiodacity portable version. (for my audio ebooks)

    They both work fine, but I do like camtasia better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Punsak
    I love to use Camtasia Studio and I use only build-in microphone in my lenovo laptop.
    It's OK.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    1. Camtasia Studio

    2. Audio Technia AT-2020 USB microphone

    3. A quiet environment

    Them some good sounding videos son!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dong Lee
    At the moment i'm using camtasia studio and it works perfect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Z
    This is a good mic:

    Amazon.com: Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier...Amazon.com: Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier... (not an aff link)

    I have used Logitechs and they are pretty good too.

    As others have stated Audacity is a great free tool to record and edit, and it's pretty easy to use. If you are going to do alot of screen recordings then you have to buy Camtasia. It's expensive but well worth it for your business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dong Lee
      Originally Posted by Bill_Z View Post

      This is a good mic:

      Amazon.com: Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone: Electronics (not an aff link)

      I have used Logitechs and they are pretty good too.

      As others have stated Audacity is a great free tool to record and edit, and it's pretty easy to use. If you are going to do alot of screen recordings then you have to buy Camtasia. It's expensive but well worth it for your business.
      Yeah the microphone you offering is really good and very cheap - i would recomend it for you too.
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  • Profile picture of the author avi m
    Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen and webcam recorder to capture video from your computer screen with voice recording and then Share it on ithe internet!you can even create HD videos.there is also a paid version with more features.
    you can check it HERE
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