This week I shot a ton of video in Pacifica, CA. For those unfamiliar with the area it’s a town right on the coast just south of San Francisco. It’s notoriously cold, foggy, and windy during the summer months. For the most part, this week was no exception to those generally accepted beliefs. The wind meant it would be near impossible for me to record my voice in a way the audience could hear and understand. I tried it a few times and it sounded awful. I decided to just capture the video and images I wanted and then record my voice later. I had no idea how remarkably simple iMovie would make that task. So this week my big learning is don’t be afraid of recording voice-overs in iMovie because it’s awesomely simple.
Select the video clip you want to voice over and mute its audio by sliding the audio volume to the far left.
Select the position you want to start your voice-over. Don’t tap on the video clip but in a neutral area of the screen like right before the video clip.
Tap on the Microphone button in the bottom right corner. This will display the Ready to Record prompt.
iMovie will do this really handy countdown where it plays the prior few seconds of your movie. This will help you determine when you should start recording your voice over. It will take a few times for you to get used to how the countdown works but once you do, it’s invaluable.
Stop the recording and review your voice-over. If you’re like me you’ll mess up the first one every time. No big deal, just tap retake and iMovie will simply start the countdown again for you to give it another go at it.
Once you have a good recording accept it and place it under the video clip. I then trimmed some of the video clips if the audio and video timings were drastically different.
Finished! You can checkout my voice-over handy work, minus the wind, in this week’s production video.