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.

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Liza_Brown
iMovie only supports MP3 format or the true AIFF format.
derattner
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!
google-9b4a49a5fd27e4656332dd5
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.
Pridelion22
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?
Liza_Brown
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.
Lmlagana
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!
Liza_Brown
Hi, Curt Popejoy. I hope I understand you right. Maybe you can try the below way. Select the checkbox labeled “Play project audio while recording,” and wear headphones while recording so that the microphone doesn’t pick up the project audio while you’re recording your voiceover. In the Project browser, click the first picture to begin. After that, click anywhere in the project to stop recording. That\'s it. Hope it works for you.
curtpopejoy
Liza, I am trying to have my students do this, and I am not much help. My students put 8 or 10 images onto imovie as a project, and it shows each of them as clips. We set the time for the transition to the next image so the whole thing runs about 5 minutes, but what ideally I\'d like them to be able to do is do one long voiceover that goes across all 10 pictures, rather than cut us off at the end of each clip. Is there a way to do that?
Liza_Brown
Hi, Kange Sam, maybe you open the wrong window. \"Record a Voiceover icon\" looks like Microphone in the toolbar. Click it, and then you\'ll see the the Voiceover window shows up just as the above screenshot. BTW, do adjust \"Noise Reduction\" to the minimum level and check out \"Voice Enhancement\". After finishing the recording, you can also click on the Voiceover clip and go to the Audio Inspector. Experiment with the presets in the Equalizer menu to see how they can improve your voice-over. Hope it works for you.
Kange Sam
I tried to do a voiceover, but when I play it back I hear nothing. Step 2 where it says Input Volume, on my screen I don\'t see any green where it says Left and Right... could that be the problem? What should I do?
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