Once this Lockdown get's over, .
observe the nature around you.
Hey guys, welcome back to the channel, how are you doing? I'm going to show you how I do voice over for my videos.
I'm going to demonstrate the end to end process.
Professional level audio quality with no echos, that's what we are going to be talking about.
You too would have taken some amazing travel clips on your trips.
I'm going to show you how you can give a good voice over to those clips from your home.
So, watch till the end, let's go.
I've bought these acoustic panels from Amazon.
These come in sets of 9.
And they look like foam.
I had them stuck on my wall earlier.
But they don't seem to stick properly on the walls, and the paint seems to come off.
So, I'm going to form a curve shaped booth for the voice overs.
To record audio without echos.
That's what we're doing here.
I'm going to fix these panels on to the cardboard, and I'll show you the end product.
It's okay if you can't set up panels like these at your home.
I'll show you another cheap and best way to do this now.
' Do you know we've got a cheap echo blocking equipment in all our homes? Everyone has such winter blankets at their home for sure.
If you're unable to set up those panels, or make your room echo-free.
No Problem!! You can get inside these blankets and record your audio.
It'll turn out great.
Echoes will be blocked totally.
You ask how? Like this! Hello!! Hello!! Hello! Mic testing.
1 2 3.
(laughs) Not like that obviously.
The mic needs to be inside the blanket.
Not outside the blanket.
I was just showing you how it looks from the outside with the blanket on.
If you're in the blanket and the mic close to your mouth, you can avoid room echo.
So, this is my vlogging setup right here.
My normal vlogging setup.
It has my mirrorless DSLR.
And the Rode Directional Shotgun Mic.
Rode Video Micro Compact.
That's what I have mounted on the camera.
This is going to record our audio.
Not necessary for you to have the same setup.
You can use your earphones that come with your phone.
Or even a cheap lavalier mic (collar mic) This one is of good quality among the mics I have, so I'm using this.
These panels are for reducing the echo.
Echo 1 2 3 Echo 1 2 3 Echo 1 2 3 I think you can figure out the difference.
Talking near a wall or, .
talking from the center of the room or, .
talking near the acoustic panel, there is plenty of difference between these.
It doesn't allow 75% of the audio to bounce back.
It absorbs all the soundn.
The audio I speak goes to the mic alone.
It doesn't bounce off the wall and create an echo.
So, that's the main purpose.
All this setup is on top of an ironing table.
I'm sitting in my room.
I have written down a few sentences as a script, just for this small video.
(Recording voice) (made mistake) (recording voice again) When you're recording audio like these, avoid day time.
I usually record the audios at night.
Night time means, past midnight like 1AM, 2AM etc.
Only then the room noise would be clean, and no one else makes any sound.
If you can listen keenly now, you will notice noises from the other room.
Those things can never be cleaned while editing.
(background noise) I think you can hear that.
If you want to avoid those noises, try to record the audio at night.
If you're already in a very quiet environment, you can record any time of the day.
If you can convert your room into a noise proof room, that would be the best solution.
I haven't done any of that.
Let's do it in the future.
This is our file, where we recorded the audio.
Let's open our tool.
The one I use is Adobe Audition.
If you want a free equivalent, You can use this tool.
Both are very very similar.
I use the Adobe tools because I have them already.
If you don't have the license you can use the open source tool Audacity.
Let me import the file here.
The file is imported.
I'll play the audio and show it to you now.
(noises) If you observed, there is a lot of background noise and the room tone.
Let's remove all that.
Here's how to remove it.
It's a simple process.
I'll be selecting empty portion from this file.
That is the portion in which I don't speak anything.
I don't speak anything in this section.
So, this has clean noise.
Let's take this as our Noise Print.
So, the software now knows how our noise sounds like.
It now knows, how the noise in this particular audio file sounds like.
Now we will go into the Noise Reduction, and select “Entire File” Apply the noise reduction.
Now listen to the same section.
Now the noise is all gone.
Let's remove the unwanted portions now.
(playing recorded voice) Wow.
After the noise removal, it sounds much better.
When you record audio, instead of cutting when you make a mistake.
You can pause for a bit and repeat what you said.
If you follow this, it's far easier to just cut out the mistakes.
So, we're looking at our mistakes now.
(recorded voice) This was a mistake take.
(recorded voice) Okay good.
(recorded voice) So, already it looks (sounds) good enough.
But we will go one more step to make this sound even more pleasant.
So, I usually go to the Filter EQ -> Parametric Equalizer.
So, here I can increase the bass according to my voice.
So, I can select the particular frequency which will make the voice be boosted as strong.
(recorded voice) So, if you notice the peak here near (2), that's where my bass frequency of my voice is.
That's the frequency I have boosted a bit, here.
The frequency here near (3), is a little of the nasal sounds.
I'm reducing that.
The voice will feel a little stronger.
You won't notice a big difference, but subconsciously it gives a feeling that the voice is strong and calm at the same time.
Let's apply that effect.
In some portions, my voice is very low.
(recorded voice) In this place, the volume seems to be lower.
Some places the volume is too high.
So instead of manually adjusting volume in individual places, .
We can apply the Single Band Compressor.
There is a preset here called “Voice Over” It normalizes the voice.
You can specify how low the volume can go, and how high it can go.
So, it will boost places where the volume is low, and it will reduce volume where the volume is too high.
You can notice this when I apply.
Look at how the volume has reduced and become even.
Let me undo, to show you.
See, when I undo the operation, you can see a lot of peaks.
After applying it, you can notice that it has all become even.
Now it should be more pleasant.
(recorded voice) Okay good.
So far so good.
Let's save this.
Give it a name, and save it.
Let's quickly look at a before and after.
I'll play the last portion alone.
Before: (recorded voice) This was before.
After: (recorded voice) This is after.
I think you can notice the difference.
It is more clean now.
Let's take this audio recording and put it with video clips to make a video.
Let's go to the next step.
I've opened the Adobe Premiere Pro now.
This is my editing software.
Your editing software can be anything.
Davinci Resolve Adobe Premiere Pro Final Cut Pro If you're on a phone, Kinemaster It can be anything.
Any editing software.
I'll add the voiceover to this project.
I'll show you the timeline.
I've just added a couple of drone shots to demonstrate.
(waterfall sounds) So, drone shots with audio file for waterfall sound effect.
Let's add the voice narration to this, and see how this is.
(recorded voice with waterfall sfx) The waterfall sound is too dominating.
Let's reduce that.
The layer below, is our voice over.
(recorded voice with sfx) Let's increase the volume of our voiceover.
(recorded voice with sfx) Usually what I keep in mind is that the volume should not go above -6 Db in this Decibel Meter.
Try to keep it below -5 Db.
(recorded voice with sfx corrected) If I add more drone shots to this, it will look even better.
Shall we add a music track to this? Let's add a subtle music track to this.
Which one shall I choose? I'll choose one of the tracks from the Meghalaya series.
(music) Not this much.
(Music) Nope (Music) This is our title track (in Meghalaya series) Let's try this.
It's always to give the viewer a little time before the voice over kicks in.
So, let's give it a bit of a breathing space for the viewer.
Let the scene start, and the viewer understand the scene and situation.
And then the voiceover should start.
Music can start right from the beginning.
(recorded voice with sfx, and music track) The voiceover needs a little more breathing space in between.
The sentences are too close together.
Let's give it some space in between.
(recorded voice with sfx and music) A couple of drone shots A waterfall sound track below it.
This sfx is called Ambient sound All this is our voice track after that.
Then comes our music track below it.
So, a basic edit is over.
Let's see how the final output turns out to be.
Once the lockdown is over, observe the nature around you.
Admire it while you do it.
Realize how it has healed itself.
Have you observed how much has changed just because we all stayed at home? I don't know we will be able to enjoy such clean nature again in the future.
So, let's try to admire while it lasts, without messing it up again.
If you haven't watched my Meghalaya series yet, it has all these beautiful drone shots and voiceovers.
If you haven't watched, then see it displayed on screen here, and click on it.
If you want more like this drop me a comment below.
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I'll see you in the next video.
Till then tata, bye bye.
Our adventures will continue.