Controls in the Voice Over Tool

The Voice Over tool appears as a tab in the Tool Bench window.

To open the Voice Over tool
  • Choose Tools > Voice Over.

    The Tool Bench appears with the Voice Over tab.

Tip: If you want to organize the arrangement of windows, choose Window > Arrange > Color Correction. This places the Viewer, Canvas, and Tool Bench on the top part of the screen as windows of equal size, and the Browser and Timeline on the bottom part of the screen.

Figure. Voice Over tab showing audio recording controls.
Playback and Recording Controls

The Voice Over tab offers the following playback and recording controls:

  • Record/Stop: Click this button to begin the audio recording and Timeline playback. While you’re recording, the button functions as a Stop button. Recording can also be stopped by pressing the Esc key. If recording is stopped, the partial audio clip that was recorded is saved to disk and placed in the Timeline.
  • Review: Click this button to play back the section of the sequence you’ve defined, using the sequence In and Out points or the position of the playhead and the end of your sequence. This lets you preview the defined range of the Timeline while you practice your voiceover.
  • Discard Last Recording: Click this button to delete the previously recorded voiceover clip. (This button is available only after you’ve used the Voice Over tool once.)

    Important: Discarding cannot be undone.

Status Area

The following options appear in the Status area:

  • Ready to Record: Indicates that the Voice Over tool is ready and waiting to be activated.
  • Starting: Appears along with a progressive change in color from yellow to red during the 5-second countdown that occurs when you first click the Record button. Audio is actually recorded during the countdown, and the resulting clip has a 5-second handle at the beginning.
  • Recording: Appears once you’ve started recording in the Timeline. While you’re recording, the status area is red. Fifteen seconds before the end of your recording, you are cued with a single audible beep. During the last 5 seconds of recording, the status area displays a countdown from 5 to 0, accompanied by five beeps, to let you know when the recording time is up.
  • Finishing: Appears once playback comes to the end of the defined area of the Timeline. Recording continues 2 seconds past the end of your specified Out point to prevent your last word from being cut off.
  • Saving: Appears after recording, when your clip is being saved from RAM to the currently specified scratch disk.
Audio File Area

The following options appear in the Audio File area.

Figure. Voice Over tab showing the Audio File area.
  • Target: This line displays the sequence name and track number where audio recorded with the Voice Over tool will be placed. As subsequent takes are recorded, the audio destination track automatically moves down to the next available track.
  • Name: This text field displays the name that will be used for the recorded media file on disk. To change the audio clip name, click in this field, then enter the desired name.

    As subsequent takes are recorded, this name is automatically appended with numbers. For example, the default name of Voice Over changes to Voice Over 1 after you record your first voiceover clip.

    If the name in this field is already in use by another clip on the selected scratch disk, an appropriate take number is automatically appended to the name. For example, Narration is changed to Narration 1.

Input Area

The following options appear in the Input area.

Figure. Voice Over tab showing the Input area.
  • Level: This audio meter displays the input audio levels coming in via the chosen audio interface device.
  • Gain: This slider allows you to adjust the recording level used by the Voice Over tool.
Headphones Area

The following options appear in the Headphones area.

Figure. Voice Over tab showing the Headphones area.
  • Volume: Use this slider to adjust the level of audio that plays through the headphone port while the Voice Over tool is recording. You can also enter a value, in decibels (dB), in the field next to the slider.
  • Sound Cues: Select this checkbox to hear audible beeps that indicate the status of recording. These include beeps at the 3-second starting phase of recording with the Voice Over tool, and at 5 seconds prior to the end of the defined range for recording. These sound cues play through the headphone port and are not recorded as part of the voiceover clip.

    Note: To prevent the recording microphone from picking up audio from your program, use a pair of headphones to monitor your program’s audio when using the Voice Over tool. Otherwise, set the Volume slider to –60 dB and deselect the Sound Cues checkbox.