What is a voice over? The true definition goes like this: on a television programme, film, or advertisement, the spoken words of a person that you cannot see.
It’s possible to get through much more information, much quicker if you don’t have to have the person speaking the lines in vision whilst they’re speaking. The images can cover more ground without having to focus on the person speaking. Indeed, sometimes it’s very distracting to have the person on screen.
The definition probably needs updating to include the colossal amount of video material now available on the internet. YouTube videos are growing exponentially. And many of them include voice overs in one form or another. The main types of videos that have voice overs are:
- Product videos
- Explainer videos
- Demonstration videos
- Tutorial videos
- Cartoon videos
- E Learning videos
- Animation videos
There’s also an abundance of voice overs without pictures. Radio, where the pictures are all in your mind. Voice overs are used extensively for commercials and sponsor messages. Although the news is read by a “newsreader”, the reporters that cover the details of a particular story usually refer to their piece as a “voicer”.