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Script Timer Voice Over Calculator

How Long is My Voice Over Script?

Clients often ask, “how long should a voice over script be?” Check out the Script Timer Voice Over Calculator below! Having done this for a long time I can safely say that for long-form narrations one should figure around 140 words per minute of script. However, This number can go as low as 130 wpm if you have a lot of time for graphics and transitions in your video. Or, it can go as high as 160-170 wpm if you want the script to go very fast. I wouldn’t recommend such a pace for more than five minutes, or the audience will face “listening fatigue”. On the other hand, Broadcast commercials are lightning-quick, and 180 wpm and higher are often typical, especially for hard-sell spots.

Script Timer Voice Over Calculator

Here’s a handy script timer or word-per-minute calculator spreadsheet for voice over scripts. Choose the pace or style of narration you need in the left column, and then find how that translates into a real-world timed count in the right columns.

To Download your own copy of this Voice Over Script Timer spreadsheet use this link: Script Timer Voice Over Calculator

In addition, manually enter your script length below! Enter the word-length of your script and then divide by:

130 for a slow pace

140 for a normal narration pace

150 or 160 for an uptempo pace

170 or 180 (or higher) for a fast, commercial pace.

Your answer will be how many minutes your voice over will be. This is a crucial calculation to make in pre-production to avoid over and under-estimations. You can’t fix that in the mix!

All the very best,
Lance