Last Updated On: September 9, 2020

When it comes to recording, ActivePresenter allows you to record screen and voice easily. That is, you can record both simultaneously during the capture phase. Alternatively, add closed captions, and then record narration (also voice-over) during the editing phase. You can even record voice-over and attach it to an object. This is useful when you want to guide users with voice prompts.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to record narration in the editing phase. For other techniques, see tutorials below:

The Record Narration button lets you record voice-over directly from the Timeline pane. It allows you to record your voice even when you play the slide simultaneously. Hence, you can watch the slide playback and time your voice perfectly with the action on the screen. Besides, this button is helpful when you wish to dub your slide in another language. Now it’s time to learn these techniques in detail.

Test Sound Before Recording

To have a project with high sound quality, you should test the sound before recording it. This ensures your project will have a proper sound level.

Note: Make sure you plug a microphone into your device before recording. If not, when you click Record Narration, the app shows a notification dialog to remind you of this.

Do as follows:

Step 1: Select a slide you want to insert voice-over.

Step 2: Get the recording ready. Click the arrow button next to the Record Narration button > Recording Options (1).

Record Narration in Timeline

Then, you see this dialog:

Recording Options dialog
  • Select a device from the Input Device drop-down list.
  • Click Input Volume to adjust the volume of voice-over.
  • Click Calibrate Input… to calibrate the volume level of microphone.  After that, you will see the Calibrate Audio Input dialog:
Calibrate Audio Input dialog

In this dialog, click Auto Calibrate and speak something into the microphone in your normal voice.

Keep speaking until the LED bar on the right shows yellow bars intermittently. If the bar starts showing red LEDs, move the slider a bit to the left.

To know in details how to calibrate audio input, refer to the How to Calibrate Audio Input tutorial.

Record Narration

After choosing a device to record voice-over and being satisfied with sound level, it’s time to record narration in a few simple steps. Do the following:

Step 1: In the Timeline pane, place the Playhead at the timestamp that you want to add voice-over.

Step 2: Click Record Narration. Then, this button appears dimmed, and the slide starts playing immediately. Just speak into the microphone as you do normally. In doing so, if you want to pause/resume the recording, click Pause/Resume (2).

Step 3: Click Stop (3) to stop the recording. Then, your narration is recorded as an audio object.

Your narration is recorded as an audio object.


  • To improve the audio quality, use Audio Noise Reduction to remove noise.
  • You can edit and remove the narration the same you as you do with a normal audio object. For example, cut/copy/delete/crop, insert freeze frames, split/join, speed up/slow down audio, change audio volume and fade in/fade out. All commands to perform these tasks are available in the Timeline pane.  

That’s about how to record narration in ActivePresenter 8. Stay tuned to get more useful tutorials

See also:

Calibrate Audio Input
Cut, Copy, Delete, and Crop Range
Use Audio Noise Reduction
Use Audio Normalization
Change Audio Volume
Use Audio Fade