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Voiceover Equipment for UGC Part 2

By Alan Shires. Published Jun 01, 2023.
Filed Under: UGC

Welcome to the second installment of our two-part series focused on the essential voiceover equipment for UGC. If you haven't already, do read part one for the best comprehension of this series. This segment will delve into software, devices, and backdrops for UGC. We've already discussed the parallels and differences between voiceover and UGC, and how skills from voiceover are transferable to UGC.

Voiceover Software's Role in UGC

Does standard voiceover software work in UGC? The answer isn't black and white—it depends. Sometimes, artists are requested to add narration over a video. In such scenarios, conventional voiceover software—like Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, or Audacity—comes in handy. However, when recording in front of a camera, teleprompter software becomes invaluable. An app named ‘Teleprompter’ assists with smartphone-based recording. Basic editing software is also a necessity for piecing scenes together with seamless transitions.

Essential Devices for UGC Creation

For traditional voiceover work, a computer (either Windows or Apple) is a must. But for UGC, artists rarely use a computer for recording—although it might serve as a useful tool for editing content. Instead, a camera becomes the most vital piece of equipment. While a professional-grade camera with a high-quality lens is a great asset, most home-based UGC creators frequently utilize their smartphone cameras. Given appropriate framing, focus, settings, and lighting, the output from modern smartphone cameras can be surprisingly high-quality.

Backdrops: Voiceover Vs. UGC

As most voiceover artists record from home studios and aren't required to produce visual content, backdrops are often deemed unneeded. However, for UGC, grey and blue backdrops are popular choices as they allow the artist to stand out without an overly distracting background. The size of your backdrop depends on your setup—small spaces with short cables may require a smaller screen, while a larger, wireless setup will benefit from a bigger screen.

Additionally, green screens can prove useful for imposing images onto the background, though they're not typically used as standard backdrops. Screen designs can vary—from foldable ones akin to tents, screens that attach to a wall, to mechanical ones that can be raised or lowered at the user's convenience.

UGC and Voiceover Equipment: Concluding Thoughts

This brings our two-part overview of UGC equipment from a voiceover perspective to a close. But what about the performance aspect of UGC? You're in luck—we've covered that in another article to guide you on your journey to mastering UGC creation from a voiceover standpoint.

For the time being, it is vital you begin researching equipment taking into account reviews, specifications, and of course the price point. It is really important to set a budget whilst still understanding the need to invest in your business. Take into account the information within these article collections to help inform your decision. A final thought would be to ensure your performance is in alignment with your gear. A great performer will be complimented by great equipment whilst a poor actor will be exposed by great equipment. 

Voiceover Equipment for UGC Part 2 by Alan Shires

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