Text-to-speech is a brilliant solution when you need a voiceover for your video, but don't have the time, equipment or the confidence to record it yourself.
Making text-to-speech videos can be a bit of a hassle - you have to create an audio file, then add text-to-speech to a video editing software and piece it together to make a cohesive video.
It's not rocket science, but it's definitely not something a complete beginner can make in an hour.
What if you could convert text not only into speech but also into video with an (almost) human presenter only using one tool? No cameras, microphones, editing tools or skills required.
Well, you can.
In this blog post, you will learn how to easily create a professional-looking video with a text-to-speech voiceover, all in one browser window.
For all of your visual learners, we have a video tutorial:
What are the benefits of using text-to-speech for videos?
Naturally, nothing beats natural-sounding voice overs made by a real human.
But what if you need to translate your video into different languages? What if you don't like the sound of your own voice? What if you're working with a limited budget?
Let's discuss how a text-to-speech feature can solve all of the above problems.
Benefit #1: No need to record separate audio files
Have you ever recorded your own voice and couldn't handle the cringe when listening to it? We definitely have. 😬
Also, recording audio for a voiceover requires decent equipment (a microphone and a video editor software), which can cost quite a bit.
And let's be realistic, a voiceover recorded on your iPhone simply doesn't sound that great. 🙉
That's where text-to-speech software comes in handy: you don't need any equipment whatsoever, and you can avoid the oh-so-dreaded cringe.
Sounds like a win-win to us.
Benefit #2: Large variety of text-to-speech voices
A common fear is that text-to-speech voices sound robotic. 🤖
And that might have been the case 5 years ago, but in 2022 text-to-speech technology has gotten pretty damn good, and AI voices don't sound as robotic as you think.
The added benefit to text-to-speech sounding (almost) human is that you can choose from a large variety of accents, dialects, and other voice variations. You can make your voiceover narration sound professional, easy-going, calm, or lively, all at the click of a button.
Besides, if you aren't happy with the way it sounds, you can always adjust pronunciation using Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML for short).
Benefit #3: Quick and cheap localization and translation
If you have any experience with traditional video production, you know that translating/localizing a video into multiple languages is a hassle.
Unless you speak all the languages you want to translate your video into, hiring a translator and voiceover actor will be costly. 💸
Oh, and if you need to re-edit or re-film the video to localize it... Get the cash ready. And be prepared to wait a few weeks for the end result.
With a text-to-speech generator, all you need is your translated text to generate audio in another language in just a few clicks.
Well, let us show you.
How to make text-to-speech videos in Synthesia STUDIO
Here's how you can transform text to speech and make engaging videos using only one text-to-speech software - Synthesia STUDIO.
Step #1: Create a video script
First, make sure you have your video text ready.
Whether you're transforming an existing article into a video, or you're creating video content from scratch, you need to have all the information condensed into a video script.
Step #2: Choose a template
The easiest way to get started with creating amazing videos is by using video templates.
You can of course start from scratch, but if you have no video editing or design experience, templates provide a solid structure and visual language to your video.
To get started with a template in Synthesia STUDIO, click on 'Templates' on the left-hand side, choose a template and click on 'Create video'.
Step #3: Paste your text and choose a voice
This part is pretty straightforward.
Copy your text and paste it into the script box scene by scene.
You will notice that the video editor automatically detects the language of the text for the voice over.
Feel free to click on the language selector, and choose the accent, dialect, and mood of the voice.
Just make sure that the language on the video editor matches the language of your text. Otherwise, we can't guarantee you will like the results. 😅
Step #4: Visualize your text
The voiceover audio part is now done, but narrated videos would be pretty boring without any visuals to accompany the voiceover.
Don't know how to edit videos? No biggie.
You can create professional-looking videos in Synthesia without any special skills or knowledge.
There are 4 types of visuals you can add to make your text-to-speech videos engaging.
Option 1: AI presenter
Remember that audio file our text-to-speech software generated in step #3?
Well, you can add a human-like AI presenter to your video that will narrate your speech.
Basically, you can make a talking head video with no real humans or cameras.
Here's how to add an AI presenter in just a few clicks:
Click on 'Avatar' on top of the video maker, and choose the one you like best.
Option 2: Text on screen
If you really want to emphasize a point, duplicate the voiceover with text on screen.
Add text to your video by clicking on 'Text'. Then, format it to your liking.
Option 3: Stock footage
Some ideas just need something extra to help bring them to life.
You can use stock videos and images in Synthesia to illustrate the information.
Or upload your own footage, if you have it.
To add images and videos in STUDIO, go to 'Media' and browse the selection, or upload your own images or video clips.
Option 4: Screen recordings
To create a screen recording in STUDIO, simply click on 'Record'.
When you're done recording, you can crop, trim or loop your screen recording.
Watch our video tutorial for more details:
Step #5: Download the video
Woohoo! 🎉 Your text-to-speech video is almost ready!
All you have to do now is click on 'Generate video', add captions if needed and let the tool do its magic. 🪄
Once the video is generated, you can share it, download it or embed it.
Ready to create videos with text-to-speech?
If you want to create professional videos without breaking the bank and without spending hours editing video content, why not give Synthesia a go?