Voice over is a production technique used in the audiovisual industry that adds an external voice, meaning a voice that doesn’t belong to one of the individuals appearing in the video sequence. This narrative device is often used in films, documentaries, video games and ads. Voice overs are used to comment on and describe what’s happening in a scene.
It’s important to note that voice over isn’t just for videos. It’s also regularly used for prerecorded information like messages in airports or waiting rooms.
Recording a voice over in several languages involves transcribing and translating the source video so that a new audio file can be recorded in the target language. Then the old voice over is replaced with the new one.
It may seem easier to add subtitles to your video, but for certain formats, voice over has significant benefits. Unlike subtitles, a voice over allows the viewer to concentrate on the video so they can be more immersed in the video content. This is especially important when things are moving quickly, making it difficult to understand all the information.
Adding a voice over to your video will also be easier than dubbing it.