It might seem overwhelming to record and edit a voiceover or audio track. You might think you need extra software or a fancy microphone or a professional studio. But you don’t. At least, not when making a Vyond animation video. You can easily record and edit voiceovers and audio (and pair that audio with your animation) all within Vyond Studio. Here’s how.
Record your audio
For this how-to, we’ll assume you’ve either finished (or have a rough sketch) of your Vyond animation video and now you want to add either character dialogue or a voiceover.
Before you record
Choose the device that will record your voice directly into Vyond Studio.
Your computer’s microphone can record audio, but not high-quality audio, often picking up undesired sounds from your surroundings.
In contrast, external microphones, like those from your smartphone’s headphones or XLR microphones, capture more precise frequencies and tones, making your voiceover more pleasant for the listener. If you go with the latter choice, plug in a pair of headphones to your microphone.
While you can hear yourself without them, headphones let you hear your voice exactly how your audience will hear it, helping you spot loud fans, voice volume issues, and enunciation errors before finishing your take.
When you are ready to record
Click the Audio icon, and then click Add Audio to launch the Mic Recording feature’s window. There you can either press Record right away or write out a portion of the script you want to remember while recording; notes won’t disappear after you hit Record. You can also use this space to write reminder notes for yourself, like “maintain a good posture.”
In Vyond Studio, you can record your voiceover in as many takes as you need. For example, you can hit Record, say one sentence, listen to how good it sounds, and only record the next line once you perform the previous one flawlessly. Using this method, you won’t have to edit out poorly delivered lines, but it will take longer to record.
Alternatively, you can record your lines multiple times without ever pausing your recording until you get your best take. You’ll just have to edit out bad takes later.
Assign voice lines to your characters
You can also assign a voice line to a character through this window, synchronizing your words with their mouth.
For projects where you are recording after finishing your animated video, click on Add Audio, then Mic Recording, and then on Assign Audio at the top of your text-input window. Then, choose the character who’ll deliver the line.
If you are animating after finishing your voiceover, select the character who’ll be speaking, click on Add Dialog under the Dialog option, and choose Existing Audio. Next, click the Audio icon and, in Video Contents, pick your timeline’s audio track to assign it to your character.
As a rule of thumb, assign audio to your characters before recording so that the audio track is attached to the character, even if you split and cut portions of your voiceover during the editing phase.
If you are animating after recording your voiceover or are importing audio, assign each character’s audio track in the first scene, so it stays attached to the character during the editing phase.
Or import audio into Vyond
If you recorded your audio outside of Vyond, here’s how to import it. Drag and drop your audio file(s) anywhere in Vyond Studio to add it to the project under the Upload tab.
As long as individual files are below 15MB, you can import the voiceover in one file or divide it into multiple ones. If the file’s size is bigger than 15MB, divide your audio track(s) into multiple files to reduce their size before importing them into Vyond.
Edit your audio
Vyond Studio offers essential tools to edit your audio, like the ability to modify a scene’s length or split and reassemble your audio tracks. Once you animate your project and after you’ve recorded or imported your audio, it’s time to edit the audio to match the visual elements on the screen.
Cut your audio
At this stage, your audio is likely out of sync with your video. To sync your audio with your video, you just need to split your track to organize it. To split a track, you must first place your cursor over the audio timeline where you want the split to be and click it. You’ll see a black line appear on your audio timeline. Then, right-click the black line and choose “split.” Your single audio track will now be two. You can either move the audio to align with the video, or you can delete the portion you don’t want.
To delete a portion of your audio, right-click over the track you want to be deleted and click “cut.” Or simply press your computer’s delete key.
Change the length of a scene
Even after splitting and rearranging your audio files, there’s a chance that some scenes are too long or too short for a given voice line, affecting the pace of your story. For example, if your scene is too long for its voice line, your voiceover will narrate events that aren’t taking place, confusing the viewer about what’s happening on the screen.
To reduce or increase a scene’s length, place your mouse on the sides of a scene’s timeline element. Then, stretch or shrink it depending on what your voiceover is narrating.
On occasions where your voice line is shorter than the animation, increase the speed at which characters perform actions: do the opposite when your voice line is longer than the animation.
You can adjust the audio’s volume and fade out an audio track by right-clicking on the timeline and clicking on Settings.
Add any voiceover to your video projects in Vyond Studio
Use Vyond Studio’s set of tools to fix mistakes during your recording session or synchronize properly executed takes with your animations. As long as you produced your script with a goal or audience in mind, a clear voiceover will engage and enhance your project’s appeal.
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