How to Record and Add a Voiceover in iMovie

iMovie allows you record a voiceover either to illustrate the movie scenes or as a comment. Why not use this great iMovie voiceover function? With a built-in or external microphone, it is very easy to narrate a movie and add your voice anywhere you want in your video by adding a voiceover in iMovie. Check out this tutorial to learn how to record a voiceover in iMovie and add a voiceover to your iMovie videos.

Part 1: How to record and add a voiceover in iMovie

Step 1. Open the voiceover window and choose your microphone

Click the Voiceover button which looks like a microphone in the toolbar and you will see a Voiceover menu shown like below. You can choose built-in microphone or use other microphone connected to your Mac.

iMovie voiceover

Step 2. Select your recording settings

Drag the slider to set the input volume of your recording. You can also use the noise reduction and voice enhancement functions to help you record a better voiceover in iMovie.

add voiceover in iMovie

Step 3. Record voiceover in iMovie

Click any video clip to start recording a voiceover in iMovie. After the voiceover settings, the preview window will give you the instruction, asking you to click a clip to start recording.

When you are recording, a red shadow will cover the video clip to show that you are recording. To stop a voiceover recording, you can click anywhere in the project. The finished voiceover will appear in purple icon below the videos where your voiceover is added. You can drag the slider to extend or shorten the voiceover. To adjust the voiceover in iMovie, you can choose the voiceover clip, hit the gear in the front and choose Clip Trimmer, Clip Adjustments, and Audio Adjustments to make modifications to the iMovie voiceover.

Part 2: How to record a voiceover in iMovie using iMovie alternative

wondershare video editor for mac

But as the comments below, you may find iMovie always fail to add voiceover to video. To help you add voiceover successfully, I recommend an iMovie alternative- Wondershare Video Editor for Mac to record and add voiceover to video. It's very convenient! Now let's see how. Learn more >>

Step 1. Import your videos to Video Editor

Download and run this software, then import your source videos by clicking File>Add File or locate your videos by the browser to load files from iTunes library, Photo Booth, etc.

Step 2. Record your voiceover

Hit the “Voice Over” button on the toolbar to add a voiceover to your video. Choose your input device and click the red button to start or end recording. When you finish it, hit the "Done" button to save the recording.

record voiceover

Step 3. Export the new file

After recording the voiceover, hit “Export” to save the new file. You can either save it in different formats, upload to YouTube immediately or burn to DVD.

Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Hi, the recording quality depends on the device (Mic) that you used. Currently there is not an option embeded in our program to remove the background noise. So it is suggested to use a better mic to record the voice again. Thanks!
I can't seem to record a voice over without it sounding horrible! There is all this static in the background when I play it back, I've tried adjusting all the settings, including the background noise, but nothing works! I am using the internal mic, could this be the problem? If I get an external mic will it be better? Can you post what the basic settings should be to get a decent voice over? Thanks for any help!
Sorry for the late reply. In addition to built-in microphone in the video editor, did you find any other option? If there is, please choose other option to have another try.
Matthew Safrit
I have a question about this. How come I can't hear the already built in microphone in the video that is playing in Wondershare Video Editor, because I don't want to have to re-record the mic that I already spoke in the video. My microphone is hear in other FLV Players, but not in the video editor. I want to know why this is happening, how o fix it, or if it can be fixed. Thank you.
iMovie only supports MP3 format or the true AIFF format.
Hi, when importing just a voiceover file to add to a video, what file type should I use? Or, is there just one standard filetype for audio? Thanks!
There seems to be a problem with iMovie 11 recognizing external microphones for the voiceover feature. For instance, I have a firewire interface (Focusrite) for my good quality mics that I prefer to use over the internal one. The Focusrite shows up in system preferences and also shows good levels when I speak into the mic. In iMove, even though it shows up in the voiceover window when I hit record, the level meter is flat and nothing records. This interface works with Garageband no problem. I seem to have hit a brick wall. I searched the internet and this issue has appeared several times in various forums, including the Mac forum, but without resolution. I have Mountain Lion and a Macbook pro. There is a workaround using Garageband to record the voice-over and then import - but what a hassle. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks.
Hy Liza, I'm having a huge problem with imovie, when I record a second voiceover after the first one, I can't hear the second voice over, can you help me out with this problem?
Hi, Lmlagana, you can try below way: 1. Import your video clips into the Timeline. 2. Click the Music icon to choose your recordings and then drag to the position of video clip you want to add. 3. Click the inspector and then go to "Audio" tab, adjust the audio volume to minimum, and then click "Done" After returning to the program window, click "play" to check if you can hear the voiceover or not. Hope it works for you.
Hi Liza, Is there a way to record voiceovers for an iMovie remotely and add them into the iMovie later? I am making a video for the live auction at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser. I would like to have some of the kids reading statistics that I'm adding at the bottom of the photos for the movie. Thanks so much for your help!
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