How to Record and Add a Voiceover in iMovie (iMovie '11)
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.
How to record a voiceover in iMovie
Before to add a voiceover in iMovie, please make sure you have imported videos to iMovie and started a new project. If you want to edit a movie in iMovie, but iMovie doesn't let you import it, it maybe because of the video formats and codec. When you come across this problem, simply get a Mac Video Converter to convert videos and movies to iMovie compatible videos.
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.
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.
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.
How to record a voiceover in iMovie using iMovie alternative
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.
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, iMovie, 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.
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.