Text to voice feature in Camtasia Studio

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We are evaluating the CAMTASIA studio product. It will be really useful if you could add a feature to convert an annotation/text to voice and add it as commentary to the video. Is there a possibility of it coming up in future versions?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,
Thank you for your suggestion for a new feature. However, a feature like this would need to be considered for our next release and we don't have a time set for that.

So, to get you up and going quickly, you might want to consider using a free Text to Speech converter like this one:
http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.htm

It does a pretty good job and you can save the speech files as MP3s.

You can bring the MP3s into Camtasia Studio and sync them up with your video and captions.

Thanks for the feature suggestion and let us know if there is anything else we can help you with as you evaluate Camtasia Studio.

Kelly
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McJack Mbasha

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please we need it the text to voice in the CAMTASIA studio product
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Deek Starr

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I would like to see the "Captions" Narrated, as an option.
I have written a Text to speech app that I use to do voice tracks for Camtaisa.

I'll post a link in a couple days when the site is ready, I'm thinking of releasing it as a free open tool ?
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Definitely interested in this! Is the website online? Thanks!
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Karlheinz Schwer

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Hello, I' am also very interessted?
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McJack Mbasha

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also interested please
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Eddie Allen

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Reallusion.com animation product Crazytalk utilizes Neospeech text to speech engine nicely and the add-on costs are very reasonable.

http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/
http://www.neospeech.com/products.aspx

Camtasia could maybe gain some insight into that relationship for a new feature/add-on.
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Patti Murphy

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Text-to-voice (narrated captions) are of interest to me as well.
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Same here. Absolute no brainer to implement, since you can run it on the command line:

$ say Best regards 

It's a pity that Camtasia does not catch up with Screenflow here.

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mathieu.gasnier

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+1 for a text to speech feature for a next Camtasia Studio release. That would add a lot of value to the product.
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Would be nice to integrate with the Captions feature.  One of the least robotic sounding voices I've found is http://www.ivona.com/ .
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Text to Speech Option?.


Would it be possible to have "Text to Speech" as well as "Speech to Text"??? Microsoft Excel has the "Text to Speech" feature. I'm somewhat camera shy and have a strong southern drawl and cannot stand to hear my recorded voice and imagine others would perceive it that way as well.
What do you think?
B.W.Gentry
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Text to Speach.


I am having a problem figuring out how to use Camtasia 8 text to speech tool. I see under tools that it is there but how do I use it? I would rather hear that voice on the video than mine.
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Hi Jo, I was originally confused about that too.  The Camtesia "Tools > Speech > Speech Properties" menu opens up a Microsoft Control Panel dialog that happens to have a "Text to Speech" tab, but text-to-speech is not part of Camtesia itself.

There are third party tools like www.naturalreaders.com mentioned above. www.nextup.com/TextAloud seems to be another popular one with some of the same voices.  However, you should be aware that many of these programs don't allow the generated audio to be used for commercial purposes.  I am using www.linguatec.net/products/tts/voice_reader which has some quality voices and does allow commercial use at only modest cost.  Another service that appears to allow commercial use (of Acapela voices) on an pay-per-conversion basis is www.acapela-box.com -- good for occasional voices but costs may add up.

In all above cases, it seems you would export an mp3/wav of the voice from the text-to-speech software and then import the mp3 file into Camtesia.  The "Export captions" feature in Camtesia can generate the initial text, which you probably need to touch up some before rendering the audio.  In Camtesia, you would need to insert empty space at various points in the audio and/or video (with the Extend frame feature) to ensure the audio and video are synchronized.  The graphical display of the audio signal intensity on the track helps since it guides you in where there are sentence breaks in the audio.  If you need to change parts of the script, then you need to re-export just that section from your "text-to-speech" software as another mp3 and splice that into your Camtesia track (e.g. erase that section of audio and import and possibly shift if the duration of that section changed).  If you wanted to switch the voice of the entire narration, something you would want to avoid, then you would need to re-export the entire mp3 audio and add the spaces back in (of course,  the graphical display of the audio intensity will help you to realign the new audio to the old).

(One thing I've found a little cumbersome here is the "Extend frame" feature on the video since any other tracks you have will get out-of-sync upon extending the video track.  Others apparently have noted this too: 
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/extend_frame_without_losing_timing_between_audio_tra...  .  Especially, "Extend frame" unhelpfully shifts the video to the right 1 second and I need to immediately shift it back to 0 seconds and do some other adjustments.)

This works, but maybe there is a way to support it more seamlessly, like text-to-speech properties on the captions and Camtesia directly invoking the TTS API.
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