Synthesia vs Elai

Deciding between Synthesia and Elai? Compare all features and pricing side by side to see which one is right for you.


Compare the features side by side

Compare the exact features of Synthesia and Elai that matter to you and your work.


Why choose Synthesia’s avatars?

Synthesia's avatars are superior due to their large and inclusive selection of stock avatars, as well as the inclusion of 6 gestures which add more dynamic and lifelike movements.

Lastly, the lip sync rating of 4.5/5 further enhances the realism of the avatars, solidifies Synthesia as the leader in the AI video generation space.

See a Synthesia avatar in action:

Why choose Elai’s avatars?

Elai's avatars offer a unique advantage with their custom photo avatars feature, allowing users to use their own photo or image to create a personalized avatar that looks exactly like them.

Using Elai, you can also create an animated mascot avatar based on an illustration.

See an Elai avatar in action:


Synthesia vs Elai - Avatars
Feature Synthesia Elai
Stock avatars 140+ 25+
Custom studio avatars Yes Yes
Custom web avatars Yes Yes
Custom photo avatars No Yes
Gestures Yes No
Lip sync 4.5/5 2.5/5

Explore Synthesia's 140+ Avatars

Synthesia comes with an ever-increasing set of diverse and professional avatars which you can use in your videos.


Synthesia or Elai – which one offers better voices?

Both Synthesia and Elai offer a large selection of languages for text-to-speech voiceovers - 130+ and 75+ respectively. Additionally, both platforms offer the ability for users to upload custom audio voiceovers for their avatars (Corporate plans only), and clone their voices for text-to-speech voiceovers.

Both tools offer Ai script assistants and auto-captioning, making it easy for users to generate scripts and captions for audio or video content. Elai goes one step further and offers auto-translation, which Synthesia does not currently offer.


Synthesia vs Elai - Voices
Feature Synthesia Elai
Languages 130+ 75+
Voice cloning Yes Yes
Auto-captions Yes Yes
Auto-translation No Yes
Voice upload Yes Yes
AI script assistant Yes Yes

AI Voices in 130+ Languages

Need a realistic sounding voice or voice-over for your avatar? We've got you covered, with our wide range of languages and accents.


Making videos with Synthesia and Elai

Both Synthesia's STUDIO and Elai's Builder feature all the basic online video editing features, including animations, transitions, PPT uploads, stock media, and aspect ratios.

On the other hand, Synthesia STUDIO includes a screen recorder tool - a must-have for any modern video creator, as well as video analytics.

Here's a brief overview of Synthesia's video platform:

The rendering time is also quite different, with Synthesia coming out as a leader with a 5-minute rendering time for a 40-second video.


Synthesia vs Elai - Video platform
Feature Synthesia Elai
Video editor Yes Yes
Workspaces Yes No
Collaboration Yes Yes
Aspect ratios Yes Yes
Screen recorder Yes No
PPT/PDF upload Yes Yes
Element animations Yes Yes
Transitions Yes Yes
Rendering time 40s = 5 min 40s = 9 min
Analytics Yes No
ChatGPT Integration Yes Yes


Want to add multimedia?

Synthesia and Elai offer very similar stock media options, and allow users to upload their own media.

The biggest difference is that Elai features a larger stock music library, while Synthesia features a larger stock video library.


Synthesia vs Elai - Media
Feature Synthesia Elai
Music 23+ 70+
Images Yes Yes
Videos Yes Yes
Stickers Yes Yes
GIFs Yes Yes
Upload media Yes Yes

Explore Synthesia's features

Synthesia STUDIO is a simple and intuitive video editor for modern video creators.


Do both platforms offer templates?

Both Synthesia and Elai have a library of stock templates, though Elai offers a more extensive range, with around 55 landscape-oriented templates, and 50 mobile-oriented templates.

On the other hand, Synthesia's 90+ example videos can be duplicated and edited, essentially acting as editable templates.

Both companies offer custom brand templates to enterprise clients.


Synthesia vs Elai - Templates
Feature Synthesia Elai
Stock templates 65+ 105+
Custom brand templates Yes Yes
Example videos 90+ No

55+ Video templates

Synthesia comes with a large library of video templates which are professionally designed, fully customisable, and delightfully easy to use.


Elai’s security & ethics

Elai does offer Single Sign-On (SSO), but does not seem to be SOC compliant. This can stand in the way of big enterprises using the software.

Synthesia’s security & ethics

In contrast, Synthesia has a strict content moderation policy (automated & manual), as well as SSO. The platform recently became SOC 2 Type II certified.


Synthesia vs Elai - Security and ethics
Feature Synthesia Elai
Content moderation Yes Yes
SSO Yes Yes
SOC 2 Type II Compliance Yes No

Enterprise-grade security

Synthesia just became SOC2 Type II certified!


How does the customer service compare?

Looking at the most trusted software rating platform (G2), ratings for both Synthesia and Elai are excellent - 4.8/5 and 4.7/5 respectively. Synthesia does have more reviews, though - 770+ compared to Elai's 50.

With regards to customer support, Synthesia offers support for all users both by chat and email, whereas Elai offer customer support through email only.

In contrast to Elai, Synthesia also has dedicated Customer Success Managers (CSMs) for Corporate plan users.


Synthesia vs Elai - Reviews and support
Feature Synthesia Elai
G2 rating 4.8/5 4.7/5
# of G2 ratings 770+ 50
Support Yes Yes
CSM Yes No

Synthesia is the #1 rated AI video creation platform.

Synthesia is rated 4.8/5 on G2 with over 500 reviews.


Other reasons to choose Synthesia

Synthesia is a comprehensive platform that offers a range of features, including a Knowledge Base for any questions about the platform, Synthesia Academy for simple tutorials and beginner courses made by in-house L&D experts, and Integrations with 35+ tools.

Additionally, Synthesia recently launched an Examples page, that showcases real examples of videos made in Synthesia. The video can be cloned and adjusted to individual needs. Lastly, you can find a list of Service Providers to help with your video needs.

Other reasons to choose Elai

In comparison, Elai has fewer features. But it does have a Help Center and integrations with 9 platforms.


Synthesia vs Elai - Other features
Feature Synthesia Elai
In-house L&D experts Yes No
Knowledge base Yes Yes
Academy Yes No
Integrations Yes Yes
Examples Yes No
Service providers Yes No
Own recording studios Yes No

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Stand-out features

6 reasons to choose Synthesia over Elai

Looking at all the features side-by-side can be a lot to take in. Here are the 6 main reasons we believe you should go with Synthesia over Elai.

Customer Reviews

Why 50,000+ companies choose Synthesia over Elai

We might be biased, but our customers aren't. See what they have to say.

4 out of 5 StarsReview score: 5/5

Having a presenter who can instantly say what you want to say (and in the way you want to say it) is invaluable. A remarkable new authoring tool, without a doubt.

Oscar González Cantin
Instructional Designer
4 out of 5 StarsReview score: 5/5

Synthesia removes the skill and cost barriers in terms of voice acting and videography that's usually required to create talking-head training videos.

Muhammad Jinani
Educational Design & E-Learning Specialist
4 out of 5 StarsReview score: 5/5

The user interface is intuitive, and it's easy to produce video content quickly. Also super easy to edit, change elements, and manipulate the script.

Matt Canzer
4 out of 5 StarsReview score: 5/5

I don't need to record my videos to get a better effect on the video. I can shoot videos in multiple languages in minutes with an avatar.

Vitoria Regina Oliveira
Innovation Specialist
4 out of 5 StarsReview score: 5/5

It raises our content to the next level, helping us gain interest and engagement in our services. The speed of production and the fact that it only takes one person is a great cost reduction.

Lisa Rodgers
Internal Communicator
4 out of 5 StarsReview score: 5/5

When creating courses with audio, if the narrator leaves the organization, we don't have to settle for two different voices or search for a similar voice. We can easily recreate all voiceovers with Synthesia.

Alicia Patterson-Davis
Instructional Design Specialist
✅ Fixed
Review score: 5/54 out of 5 Stars

What I don't like about Synthesia is when we use bullet points. The manual process of finding the timing to sync the screen text appearance with the avatar's speech is time consuming.

Eliane Apolinario
E-learning training creator
✅ Fixed
Review score: 5/54 out of 5 Stars

What I do not like so much is the editing of the avatar's pauses. In the area where you insert the text, there should be a menu bar that allows you to click on it and insert pauses or gestures.

Ralf Lorz
Health Manager
👨‍🔧 Working on it now
Review score: 5/54 out of 5 Stars

The product is still in development, and as a user, I sometimes need to use creative workarounds. However, I do appreciate that I feel like Synthesia approaches this by making our company's needs part of further product developments.

Jana Menge
Digital Learning Designer

Synthesia vs Elai pricing

Along with features, pricing can be a crucial deciding factor. How does Synthesia stack up against Elai?

Synthesia pricing:

Free Demo

Unlimited free videos with 5 avatars, up to 200 characters


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Personal plan

AI avatars included


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Corporate plan

All personal plan features + premium features

Custom pricing

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Elai pricing:


1 minute of video



15 minutes of video/month



50 minutes of video/month


Corporate plan

Custom pricing

The difference in numbers

Here are a few quick facts about both companies in numbers.

Founding year
Founding year
Number of employees
Number of employees
Rated: 4.8/5
based on 770+ G2 reviews
Rated: 4.7/5
Based on 50 G2 reviews
No reviews on G2
Raised to date
Raised to date

Last updated:

August 18, 2023

Frequently asked questions

Is Synthesia AI free?

You can make a free demo video to test our AI generator (limited to 200 words). Simply upload or type in your script, and get your video.If you love the results, you can upgrade to our Personal pricing plan ($30/month) or contact us for a custom Corporate plan.

Does Synthesia cost money?

For Personal plan users, Synthesia costs $30 per month. The price for corporate plan users is customized according to the organisation's needs.

Who owns Synthesia?

Synthesia was founded in 2017 by Victor Riparbelli, Steffen Tjerrild, Prof. Matthias Niessner, and Prof. Lourdes Agapito.

Is Synthesia an AI?

Yes, Synthesia is an AI video generation platform. AI in this case stands for artificial intelligence, and is used by Synthesia to generate audiovisual content, more specifically, synthetic video.

What is better than Synthesia?

While Synthesia is the leading AI video generation software, there are a few alternatives on the market. To compare them side by side, check out this list of top 6 AI video generators.

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