Defining the Recording Duration and Destination Track

Before using the Voice Over tool, you need to specify the duration you’re recording and the destination audio track (where clips recorded with the Voice Over tool will be placed in your sequence).

Setting the Recording Duration

You can define the recording duration by setting In and Out points or positioning the playhead.

  • If both In and Out points are set in the Timeline: They define the duration of the recording. (This is the easiest method.)
    Figure. Timeline window showing the recording duration defined by sequence In and Out points.
  • If no In point is set: The position of the playhead defines the In point, and recording continues to the Out point.
    Figure. Timeline window showing the recording duration defined by the playhead position and a sequence Out point.
  • If no Out point is set: The end of the sequence is used, defined by the end of the last clip in the Timeline.
    Figure. Timeline window showing the recording duration defined by the playhead position and the end of the sequence.

If Final Cut Pro doesn’t have enough available memory to record the duration specified, a message appears when you click the Record button in the Voice Over tab, prompting you to set a shorter recording duration.

Important: Depending on the duration specified, the sync of audio recorded using the Voice Over tool may drift slightly in relation to your sequence’s other audio clips. This varies depending on your audio interface and may be approximately one frame every 10 minutes. For the short clips you typically record as part of a narration track, this drift won’t be noticeable.

Defining the Destination Track

Audio that you record using the Voice Over tool is placed in the audio track connected to the a2 Source control.

The following example shows a sequence with one video track and three audio tracks. A video montage is edited into track V1, with accompanying music edited into tracks A1 and A2. To record to track A3, you need to connect the a2 Source control to the track A3 Destination control.

Figure. Timeline window showing the a2 Source control connected to the A3 Destination control.
Figure. Timeline window showing a newly recorded audio clip placed in track A3.

If the track connected to the a2 Source control already contains audio, audio recorded with the Voice Over tool is placed in the audio track directly below. If no audio track currently exists below the track connected to the a2 Source control, one is created.

In the next example, all three audio tracks already have audio edited into them, and the a2 Source control is connected to track A3. After using the Voice Over tool, a new track A4 is created, and the new audio clip is placed there.

Figure. Timeline window showing audio tracks A1 to A3 with audio clips already in them.
Figure. Timeline window showing a newly recorded audio clip placed in track A4 below the existing audio clip items.

If another audio clip is already present in the audio track below the track connected to the a2 Source control, a new audio track is inserted below this track. All previously existing audio tracks below this are moved down to accommodate the new audio track.

In the example below, tracks V1, A1, and A2 contain the video and audio for an interview clip. Tracks A3 and A4 contain a stereo music clip. Suppose you connect the a2 Source control to track A2. After using the Voice Over tool, a new audio clip is created and placed in track A3, and the music clip is moved to tracks A4 and A5.

Figure. Timeline window showing an interview clip in tracks V1, A1, and A2, and a stereo music clip in tracks A4 and A5.
Figure. Timeline window showing a newly recorded audio clip appearing in track A3 and the music clip moved to tracks A4 and A5.