Step 1: Write a video script
When writing a talking head video script, include only the most important information, and limit the text to 3-4 sentences per slide.
Step 2: Choose an AI presenter
Synthesia has over 60 diverse avatars to choose from, so pick one that fits the topic and design of your video.
Step 3: Paste text and choose voice
Take your video script and paste it into the script box slide by slide. The script is going to be narrated by the AI talking head using text-to-speech.
Step 4: Edit your talking head video
Add additional elements to your talking head video to personalize it. You can add text on screen, shapes, colors, images, videos, backgrounds, and screen recordings to accompany the talking head.
Step 5: Generate
Your talking head video is complete!
All there is left to do is generate the video and wait for it to process.
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A talking head in a video is a single person, usually a subject matter expert (SME) speaking directly into the camera.
A talking head video is any video where a person is filmed close up (usually from the shoulders up) talking either directly to the viewers through the camera lens, or with an interviewer off-screen.
The person in focus doesn't always have to look at the camera, though. Including b-roll footage of different angles is quite common, and makes watching the video more interesting and engaging.
There are two ways of making a talking-head video: the traditional one, with a camera and microphone, and the modern one, by using an AI video maker.
With the traditional method, you have to create a video script, shoot your talking head video and any b-roll footage, record your audio, and edit the video in a video editor.
This seems pretty straightforward, but it can take quite some time and skills to master, especially if you want the video to be high-quality.
The modern method simplifies the process significantly and doesn't take years to master. With a tool like Synthesia, you can create a talking-head video by simply typing in text. The tool generates life-like AI avatars that narrate your talking head videos in over 60 languages.
You can also create a custom avatar of yourself so you never have to speak into a camera yourself.
The answer is... it depends.
If you're creating a talking-head video yourself, you have to factor in the cost of your video and audio equipment, your editing software, and additional production costs, like internet, props, distribution, and more. So the answer quite literally depends on how expensive your camera and software are, whether you're using a built-in microphone or a more expensive one, and so on.
If you're making talking head videos for microlearning or employee training, the cost of outsourcing this can start at $300 and go up to $5000 and more, depending on the quality.
If you're making a talking-head video with an online video maker like Synthesia, the cost starts at $30/month. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and Synthesia account to make a successful talking head video from text.
If you're looking to add an automated voice to your video, you can do so by using text to speech. This is a great way to have your video say what you want it to without having to record your own voice.
To do this, simply type out the text that you want to be spoken in the video.
Then, select a text to speech voice that you like and hit play. The voice will then read out the text in the video.
Text to speech is a great way to add an automated voice to your video without having to do any extra work.