Guide: How to Record Audio/Voiceover on Your iMovie with Easy Steps
Last Updated on December 30, 2020 by Robert Jackson
When creating a video for How-to, commentary, presentation, or dubbing on Mac, you can use iMovie, the powerful video editing tool on Mac computers, to trim the video and add audio to it. iMovie has a built-in Voice-over feature that allows users to add a narration to the video. In this tutorial, I will walk you through the details of how to record a voice-over on iMovie.
1. How to record a voice-over on iMovie
Since most Mac screens are pre-installed with a microphone device, you don’t need to insert an extra one unless you’re looking forward to higher audio quality.
Step 1 Open Voiceover
On your iMovie, click the Import button and add your movie to iMovie. Then, click the icon of Record Voiceover.
Step 2 Start to record an audio
You may click the Voiceover Options button to set up the audio source for the voice-over and adjust the volume of the recording. You can also mute the original sound temporarily of this clip.
Click the big red button of Start Recording.
After a 3-second countdown, iMovie will start to run your video clip and the Voiceover is on the run. You may follow the playback and speak to your microphone.
When you finish adding voice, click Stop Recording.
Step 3 Preview and adjust the audio
To adjust and preview the audio, you need to click Done first. Next, you can click Start to preview the video along with the voiceover.
You can locate your voiceover in Timeline and drag it to reposition it.
To set the fade-in and fade-out effect for your voiceover, you need to click on the green bar of it first. Then, click the 2 tiny pots on the bar to set a certain fading effect.
You can also adjust the playback rate of the voiceover by dragging its start/ending point to the left or right.
If you want to modify the volume of the clip, still, locate the green bar first. Then, move your cursor to the line that lies upon the middle of the bar. Click it and drag up or down to make it louder or softer.
So, this is how you can record a voiceover on your iMovie.
2. How to fix the ‘iMovie won’t record Voiceover’ issue
When iMovie won’t let your record a voiceover, you can try these methods to fix it.
Walkaround: Record audio with a professional Mac audio recorder
When iMovie won’t let you record a voice-over or you plan to record the system playback of YouTube or Spotify sound, you can use Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder to record an audio file and then add it to your video clip with iMovie.
Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder is perfectly designed for Mac users to record both high-quality video and audio on a Macintosh. With the program installed, you can easily start to record all sounds (speakerµphone audio) on your Mac with just 2 or 3 clicks.
Now, let’s see how to use the Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder to record audio on Mac.
Step 1 Install Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder on your Mac
Step 2 Choose Audio Recorder
On its interface, choose Audio Recorder. Next, you need to decide the audio source for your audio recording. Turn on the Microphone option to record a voice-over for your video.
Step 3 Start recording
You can click REC on the Audio Recorder window or press the hotkey “Ctrl + Cmd + S” to start recording.
The program will start to record sound from the chosen audio source. You can:
During the recording, a panel will pop up. You can click Pause on it to take a break or skip those unwanted content, click again to resume.
When completed, click Stop on the panel or press Ctrl + Cmd + S to end the recording. You may preview the audio and trim it as well.
If the movie is recorded perfectly, click Save and choose a destination where you want to keep it.
Step 4 Add the audio file on your iMovie
You can now open iMovie and import the target footage. Click Audio on the interface and locate the voiceover you just made. Drag it to the Timeline and add it to your clip.
3. How to add/record audio on your iOS iMovie
Recently, iMovie is available on iPhone and iPad. iOS users can edit their videos and add audios on it just on their mobile devices directly without importing it to a computer.
Here’s how you can add audio on your iOS iMovie.
Step 1 Get in the Menu
After you import a video on your iMovie, tap on the Add icon.
Step 2 Choose Audio or Voiceover
On the menu, you will see many types of content you can add to your videos. Here, you need to check out the Audio and Voiceover.
Step 3 Add the audio on your video
If you choose Audio, you can see three options for you to choose from. You can choose to add music, sound effect, or soundtracks on your video. Just select one and add target audio to your video.
After you choose Voiceover, you need to tap on Record. Then iMovie will start to record the sound from the built-in microphone.
Finishing recording, click Stop, you can preview the voiceover you just recorded. If you’re not satisfied with it, just Retake one. Tap Accept if you like the audio.
To record audio or voice over on iMovie is not difficult at all as you follow the steps above. Also, when iMovie cannot help you record the audio, just try Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder to create high-quality audio for your movie.