Record Voice Over in Premiere

Record Voice Over directly into the timeline

  1. Get Set up by Displaying the Voice Over Record button

The Voice Over Record button lets you record a voice-over directly on to an audio track.

To display the this button in the Timeline header, do the following:

  • Select the track in the Timeline to which you want to add the voice-over.
  • Click the Settings button in the Timeline and select Customize Audio Header.
  • Drag-and-drop the Microphone and Recording buttons to the required audio track, and click OK.
  1. Start the voice-over recording workflow

Start a voice-over recording workflow by doing one of the following:

  • Mark a specific In/Out range to insert the audio recording.
  • Position the playhead at the starting point of inserting the voice-over.
  1. Display pre-roll countdown

The pre-roll countdown is a visual cue to give you time to prepare and begin the recording. Use the Voice-Over Record Settings dialog box to adjust this.


  1.  Begin recording

Click the R and the Microphone button  in the audio track’s header to begin recording. A status message “Recording…” appears in the Program Monitor to indicate that recording is on.

  1. Finish Recording

When using a predefined In/Out range, recording ends when the playhead reaches the Out point in the Timeline. The status message on the Program Monitor then changes to “Finishing…”. If you’re not using a predefined In/Out range, stop the recording manually by clicking the Voice-over Record button; again, or by pressing the Spacebar key.

Once recording is complete, an audio file of the recording is created. The audio file is imported as a new project item into the Project panel.

Mute input during recording

Muting input can prevent feedback or echo when the computer is connected to speakers.

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Audio (Windows) or Premiere Pro > Preferences > Audio (Mac OS).
  2. Select Mute Input During Timeline Recording.

Table of Contents:

00:08 – Customize audio header with Mic and R buttons
00:31 – Add VO with in and out points or at start of playhead
00:40 – Set in with I and out with O
01:07 – Set pre roll count down
01:25 – 12 DB is about where you want to be
01:28 – Set your microphone or input source
01:38 – Mute Existing audio while recording vo
02:21 – Press R to enable track for recording and mic to record
03:18 – Keyframe music to better hear vo