Thank you greatly,
Unfortunately, there's no pause, so I'm finding it best to play short pieces and stitch them together when need. It also lacks a "phonics" dictionary other than to record short pieces and later stitch them together as needed.
I have near zero expertise here, but in my opinion I see no advantage in Tech Smith including a text to speech capability. (Note: I added a caption here the end that said:
"Phonics - the art of spelling it wrong to get it pronounced right." but rendering didn't grab it.
The Microsoft voices aren't worth a plug nickel in my opinion. I've been using a program called Text Speaker for years. They have quite a few professional voices available that you purchase individually. The program itself is about $30 and so are the voices.
I threw together a video on this program a while back. Apparently I forgot to check the audio before I uploaded, the sound of my voice is lower than System audio.oh well. But it will still give you an idea of what the program is all about.
You may want to give this free trial a whirl. Use the voices for 30 days for free as well.
The explosion in interest in computer voices is connected to the YouTube gold rush. If you are dreaming of making your fortune by producing YouTube videos, you will certainly get more views and subscribes with a real narrator than a computer voice. Check some statistics, you'll see.
I did not realize there were sites available that had narration available for only $5. As I investigated I discovered that this applied to the number of words. Which didn’t amount to that many words. I took the three-minute video that I posted above and transcribed it through Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
That video contained 440 words. Which would’ve cost me $15 had I wanted to hire a professional voice over through fiverr.
I took a video that was 12 minutes in duration. It contained 1800 words. This would demand $60 or more from these voiceover artists. Bear in mind these were all the rock-bottom services offered. At least the ones I found. The ones with starting prices starting at $10 or more. Wanted several hundred dollars for 1800 words. Glean from this what you will.
Unless somebody is creating one-minute videos. They’re probably never purchase voiceovers for only $5.
At the same time, it can take a very long time to properly configure/edit 420 words to make a digital voice sound proper. I use my voices for animated characters. If I had to shell out five dollars every time I wanted a few lines of script. This would add up in a hurry.
So I’m not necessarily advocating computer voices for entire videos, primarily due to the time invested.
I spent about 10 minutes on the text below. It’s around 120 words, I counted manually, I may be off by a couple of words.I used an online text counter for the videos. If you apply 10 mins. of time to an hour. Compared to a $5 fee per voiceover. You’re looking at $30 in charges to yourself, to purchace six individual voiceovers.
I don’t know exactly much time I would invest transcribing, or typing up a text file. Uploading it to fiverr, waiting for it to be sent back to me, listening to it and approving of it or not. Possibly sending it back for correction. Approving a final draft/recording. Approving final payment or however this works? But I can assure you, this is going to take you quite a while.
I think there’s a lot of ways to look at it. And I’m just
trying to give digital voices a fair shake here.