Synthesia vs HeyGen

Deciding between Synthesia and HeyGen? 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 HeyGen (Movio) that matter to you and your work.


Why choose Synthesia’s avatars?

Synthesia's stands out due to its more diverse selection of stock avatars, as well as the option to create custom web avatars.

The addition of 6 micro-gestures further enhances the avatars’ realism, making them more dynamic and lifelike.

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

See a Synthesia avatar in action:

Why choose HeyGen's avatars?

Movio's avatars offer a unique advantage with their custom photo avatars feature, allowing users to create a personalized avatar using a photo.

See a stock Movio avatar in action:


Synthesia vs Movio - Avatars
Feature Synthesia HeyGen
Stock avatars 140+ 100+
Custom studio avatars Yes Yes
Custom web avatars Yes No
Custom photo avatars No Yes
Gestures Yes No
Lip sync 4.5/5 4/5

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 HeyGen – which one offers better voices?

Synthesia offers support for over 130 different languages, making it a versatile option for a wide range of users. In contrast, Movio supports only 40 languages.

Both platforms also offer the ability to upload own audio voiceovers and create custom voices for text-to-speech.

In terms of other features, both Synthesia and Movio offer auto-captions, which is a useful tool for making speech more accessible. However, only Movio allows users to control the speed and pitch of speech.


Synthesia vs Movio - Voices
Feature Synthesia HeyGen
Languages 130+ 40+
Voice cloning Yes Yes
Speed/Pitch No Yes
Auto-captions Yes N/A
Voice upload 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 HeyGen

While Movio offers an in-browser video editing tool, the design and UX feels cluttered and the video canvas itself is very small. The tool also does not feature a screen recorder or transitions. On the upside, the tool does include different aspect ratios for videos.

Making videos with Synthesia

Synthesia STUDIO, in comparison is a more complete online video editing tool, that includes a screen recorder, media, animations, transitions, and a cleaner UX.

Here's a brief overview of Synthesia STUDIO:


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


Want to add multimedia?

Both Synthesia and Movio offer a wide range of media you can add to your videos.

That includes stock images, videos, music, GIFs, stickers, as well as the option to upload your own media.


Synthesia vs Movio - Media
Feature Synthesia Movio
Music 23+ 23+
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?

Movio offers a significantly larger selection of video templates compared to Synthesia. Though it's worth noting that Movio's templates often only consist of 1 scene layout.

Synthesia's templates, on the other hand, come with 6-10 different scene layouts, allowing to create a full video layout in one click.


Synthesia vs Movio - Templates
Feature Synthesia HeyGen
Stock templates 65+ 300+
Custom brand templates Yes Yes
Cloneable 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.


HeyGen’s security & ethics

Movio does offer content moderation. However, upon testing, the content moderation system seems to be subpar, allowing profane content to slip through.

With regards to the security of the platform itself, Movio does not offer Single Sign-On (SSO) and does not seem to be SOC compliant. Both factors 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 Movio - Security and ethics
Feature Synthesia HeyGen
Content moderation Yes Yes
SSO Yes No
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 Synthesia are excellent - 4.8/5 with over 770 reviews. Movio has a rating of 4.8/5 with 307 reviews.

With regards to customer support, Synthesia offers support for all users both by chat and email, whereas Movio currently only offers support by email.

Both Synthesia and Movio have dedicated Customer Success Managers (CSMs) for Corporate plan users.


Synthesia vs Movio - Reviews and support
Feature Synthesia HeyGen
G2 rating 4.8/5 4.8/5
# of G2 ratings 770+ 300+
Support Yes Yes
CSM Yes Yes

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 with 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 HeyGen

In comparison, Movio has fewer features. But it does have a Help Center and a few integrations (for Enterprise plan users only).


Synthesia vs Movio - Other features
Feature Synthesia Movio
In-house L&D experts Yes No
Knowledge base Yes Yes
Academy Yes No
Integrations Yes Yes (Limited)
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 HeyGen (Movio)

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 HeyGen (Movio).

Customer Reviews

Why 50,000+ companies choose Synthesia over HeyGen (Movio)

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 HeyGen (Movio) pricing

Along with features, pricing can be a crucial deciding factor. How does Synthesia stack up against HeyGen (Movio)?

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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HeyGen (Movio) pricing:


1 minute of video



10 minutes of video/month



90 minutes of video/month



Custom pricing

The difference in numbers

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

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Rated: 4.8/5
based on 770+ G2 reviews
Rated: 4.8/5
Based on 307 G2 reviews
No reviews on G2
Raised to date
Raised to date

Last updated:

August 18, 2023

Frequently asked questions

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.

Is good?

According to 900+ reviews on G2, Synthesia is rated 4.8 out of 5.

Does 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.

Is 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.

What does do? is an AI video generation platform. It is used by 30,000+ companies to create videos with talking avatars from text in 130+ languages.

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