There are a few tools that make quoting for and recording voiceover projects a much simpler task… leaving you to do the thing you’re best at – voiceover! We’ve gathered a few that we use daily in the studio. What are your favourite tools? Add them in the comments below for everyone to benefit from:
Do you ever wonder how long it should take on average to deliver a script? This website helps you convert the word count into the time it takes to deliver your script, for free. This tool is useful when preparing a project, or speech or a presentation. The number of minutes you will take is dependent on the number of words and your speed of speech, or reading speed.
wordcounter.net (original version)
wordcounteronline.net (new version)
‘Wordcounter’ is a word count and a character count tool. Simply place your cursor into the box and begin typing. Word counter will automatically count the number of words and characters as you type. You can also copy and paste an existing script into the word counter box and it will display the word count and character numbers for that piece of writing.
Voice artists insist on breathing – even when it spoils a perfectly good take! With DeBreath, you can truly take your breath away. DeBreath uses an algorithm that automatically detects and separates a vocal take into two distinct tracks: only voice and only breath. You can control how much breath you want on your voice track, and how you want it processed. You can even add room tone where breaths have been removed or reduced. Currently $99 (£65.88): waves.com/plugins/debreath
You have hands, use them! When recording long pieces and restarting multiple times or adding new takes for editing reasons, instead of pausing your recording and breaking your flow, or starting a new recording, either use a shortcut key in your audio software to add a marker or… use your faithful hands to clap! You’ll be able to see the brief high frequency audio peak when editing your file. More on why this is useful in the context of helping video editors here: nofilmschool.com
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