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voiceover software application for Mac users By Heath McKnight

 voXover, created by Audiofile Engineering, is a voiceover software application (for Mac users) created specifically for those who work in this field, like with video game voices and the like.  On the companys web site, the makers of the software argue that the application will streamline these processes.

Whats really interesting is you write a script, import it into the software and use the built-in teleprompter for the actors to read and voXover will actually record, name and organize the files, all according to your script!  Okay, thats just incredible; this is something Ive always wanted to see in post-production non-linear editing software.  So, Im sold on this; time to take it for a spin.

voXover was designed, according to Audiofile Engineering, in Apples Cocoa application to utilize many of Apples OS X features, including Quartz and CoreAudio.  What does all that mean?  If youre familiar with a Mac and how it works, along with OS X, youre going to be comfortable using the software. 

voXover interface

Sometimes I download little free apps to make my life easier, like software to run iTunes better, clean up my system, etc., and its the ones that utilize Quartz and other Apple OS X features that I like best.  It was smart for Audiofile Engineering to do just that with voXover.  Many items, including the toolbar and more, are similar to what youll see in OS X.
It was easy to create a voiceover session, and you can either import (via Import Lines, and using Word or Excel) or create a new script.  You can break everything down into columns, with the names of the characters and their dialogue separated.  You can also import Raw Text and assign it, like a script (centered).

Once the scripts in, its time to set about recording via the Script Recorder. You can set the audio channel to record (Inputs drawer), you can monitor the meters, look at the waveform and more. You can also test your levels to ensure everything is accurate. You will then set how the takes will work, when recording; silence is a key indicator that a take has been done.
Using the teleprompter was easy, too, and once I set it to run, it flashed the dialogue across the screen for a talent (me) to read off.  Once youve finished recording, you can rename the file to something easier to understand than the default characters. VoXover also indicates you can export takes at any given time. 

Its a very fast, and non-linear process, because work can be started on specific takes while the talent is still recording. If after analysis the take isnt good for whatever reason, the director can inform the talent to re-do it.

This is pretty sophisticated software, and I feel that its perfect for those who work pretty much in voiceovers, including animation.  It wasnt hard to learn, even if youre not used to using audio recording or mixing software. Using the guide along with the software will get you started, but once you are on your way, like other applications, youll come up with your own style. There are also keyboard shortcuts found in the guide to keep things moving fast. For more information, visit

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Heath McKnight is a filmmaker and author who has produced and directed several independent feature and short films, including Hellevator, 9:04 AM and December. He is currently web content manager for doddleNEWS. Heath was also a contributor to VASST's best-selling book, "The FullHD," and has written for TopTenREVIEWS and Videomaker.

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