It’s easy these days for anyone to make a video. Phone cameras, editing software, and video hosting social platforms are getting more widely accessible every day. It’s easy for anyone to record a video, trim it, rotate it, add filters, and share it anywhere across the globe in about a minute.
But most of the video content we consume on a daily basis is actually a bit more complex, and video voiceovers is a big part of this. In TV shows, movies, news broadcasts, training videos, and even viral reaction videos, a narration is needed to add context, description, information, or drama. With the video editing software you have built into your laptop or phone, you may not be able to add your own voiceover, but adding narration to any video is a quick & easy process to accomplish online. Here’s how you can get started:
- Upload your video to the Kapwing Studio
- Record your voiceover directly or upload an MP3
- Adjust your timing
- Export & download
Step 1: Upload your video to the Kapwing Studio
As long as you know what video you want to narrate, it’s simple to get started: just go to Kapwing.com and click “Start editing.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can record a voiceover for your video and make any other edits you might need. If you’re going to narrate a video you have stored on your device, click the Upload button and find the correct video in your file browser or camera roll. Or, if you’re adding a voiceover to a video you found or stored online, you can paste the link directly in the URL field and your video will begin uploading immediately.
Step 2: Record your narration directly or upload an MP3
You don’t need to use any other app to narrate your video – you can do everything right there in the Studio. When your video is finished uploading, select “Audio” in the upper toolbar. Here, you can record a voiceover track for your video as it plays in real-time. Just press the play button where you want your voiceover to begin and press the red Record button to begin your narration. Speak as clearly as you can and click the same button again to stop recording your audio.
If you’d prefer to upload a file you already recorded, rather than recording it fresh in the Studio, just click “Timeline,” then “Upload” in the upper toolbar. Search in your file browser for the MP3 file you want to upload and it will upload directly to the timeline.
Step 3: Adjust your timing
When you’re finished recording or uploading your voiceover track, you may want to change when it begins, or even the length of the voiceover itself. If you recorded your narration in the Studio, you can adjust the time it begins playing by sliding the “Audio will start at” button.
If you added an existing MP3 file to the Studio, you have a bit more control over its timing. Once it’s uploaded to the Timeline, you can drag it at the ends to trim it and change its duration, and drag it from the middle to adjust when it plays over your video.
Step 4: Export & download
When your voiceover is timed correctly and you’ve made any additional edits your video needs, click the red Export button in the upper right corner of the Studio and give Kapwing some time to process your video. For longer narrated videos, this can take several minutes. When it’s done processing, hit the “Download” button on the right side of the screen and your video will be saved directly to your device!
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