What is Voice Over?

Voice over is a production technique where a voice is recorded for off-screen use. While prominently used to reference movies and television, voice over can also be used for telephone services, along with other informational service.

The question of whether it’s “voiceover” or “voice over” is that you will usually (and maybe even officially) see it as “voice over.” So, just to be safe, always make sure there’s a space between the two words.

Voice over is popularly shortened to “VO” and we will be using this shortened two-letter version of voice over in the article for brevity.

What are the characteristics of voice over?

  • Narration in a movie or show, often used throughout the runtime.
  • An off-screen voice that informs the audience of important facts or opinions in fiction and non-fiction productions.
  • Informative and directive voice in commercials or over the phone.
  • A scripted statement of copy that is read in a specific way.