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Captivate 8: Working with Text-to-Speech and Voices

eLearning Brothers

Toward the end of that post is a quick mention and “how to” on Captivate’s text-to-speech functionality. So here’s a quick overview of Captivate 8’s text-to-speech features as well as some details on how to obtain the voices, install them, and a couple related options and further resource information. Windows 8, 8.1:

Save Time Using Text to Speech in Captivate 9

eLearning Brothers

As Instructional Designers and eLearning developers, we like to set the mood for our courses through the use of various types of elements. We use graphics instead of text to spark our learners’ interest, we incorporate interactivity to keep them engaged, and we add video and audio to bring life to our courses. That’s really about it. It’s that simple.

Text-to-Speech Examples

Tony Karrer

In response to the latest post in the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS): Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products , Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning , and Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality.

Text-to-Speech Functionality in Captivate

Integrated Learnings

Many eLearning development tools allow you to easily record narration with your content, including Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate. However, what if you don’t have the budget to hire the talent to make it sound professional? What if you simply do not have the time to devote to recording audio in the first place? Adobe Captivate includes a text-to-speech function that allows seamless narration without having to do any recording. Captivate takes what you type and converts it to a voice-over for each slide. About the Tool.

PowerPoint: Text-to-Speech Voiceover Tools

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

But what if you want to send your presentation off to be viewed by a faraway audience or online viewers, where you will not be there to fill in the gaps? You could, of course, record a voiceover in PowerPoint, but maybe you have a cold and your voice isn't up to par. Or maybe your own voice sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to you. Several new tools allow you to type the text you would normally say, and have text-to-speech technology (TTS) generate the voiceover for you. PS: Need some crafting that voiceover text?

Text-to-Speech Costs – Licensing and Pricing

Tony Karrer

This post is part of the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me. The other posts are: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products , Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning , and Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality.

Text To Speech Synthesizers

The eLearning Coach

This is how you start to think about voice characters after listening to them through text to speech synthesizers (TTS). When Adobe included a text to speech application in Captivate 4, I began to think that TTS might be a viable option in certain situations. For example, text to speech software is certainly a viable approach for providing accessibility to visually impaired persons. Not all online courses are narrated and often instructions are left as text only. TEXT TO SPEECH SYNTHESIZERS.

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/16/2011 Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. Free text to speech.

Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality

Tony Karrer

This post is part of the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me. One of the concerns raised by various comments during the series has been around the quality of the results of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Voices and if that was suitable for eLearning. It’s these last two points that relate closely to this topic.

Text to Speech

Tony Karrer

What was interesting is that the interviewer was produced using Text to Speech. You can listen to the result at the 12:23 mark of the first video on the eLearning Tour page. For short bursts of text, the computer generated voice was okay. Based on the comments during the session, a few questions came up: Does Text to Speech work for longer form content? Captivate 4 contains built in Text to Speech. None of them produced something that I could listen to for any length of time. How much text do you use?

Text to speech in Adobe Captivate 5.

Adobe Captivate

Text to Speech , Captivate 5 , TTS , T2S , Speech Management , Loquendo , Neo Speech. Text to speech was introduced in Captivate 4 and I am sure many will have used it to generate professional narration audio instead of the manual narration to generate high quality learning content. Project level speech management dialog.

Text to Speech: Is it the Right Option for Your Course?

E-learning Uncovered

I recently used a text to speech program to create the audio for a course. What is text to speech? Text to speech, or speech synthesis, is the artificial production of human speech. A text to speech program can use text from such things as word processing programs, Internet sites,pdf documents, and even scanned documents (depending on the program) and create an electronic audio file such as a.wav or.mp3 that you can use in our online courses. Several other programs are also available.

Text-to-Speech - User Dictionary Editor

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 4 Text-to-Speech feature gives a Dictionary Editor tool to add or change the pronunciation for a word. This post explains how to fix this. Follow the steps below to correct this problem in your installation -. Open the Windows Explorer and browser to the directory where Adobe Captivate is installed. If the Text-to-Speech engine is installed, then there will be a 'VT' directory in this directory. Go to directory 'VT/Kate/M16/bin' directory. Text2Speech , Pronunciation. How do I

Almost Human (But Not Quite): Evaluating Text-to-Speech for eLearning Narration by Mike Dickinson and Don Bair

Learning Solutions Magazine

Text-to-speech (TTS) software has been available for many years, as a substitute for human narrators. Until recently, however, instructional designers and learners alike tended to reject TTS because of the. mechanical” quality of the resulting narration. Has anything changed? Here’s a look at one small. department’s study of today’s TTS. Design Strategies Future Trends Interface Design Media Tools

Announcing new Text-to-speech voices in Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

The NeoSpeech text-to-speech (TTS) feature really touched a chord. These folks have figured out how to use the dictionary to customize the NeoSpeech voices, and to use VTML tags to add more character to the voices. And many others have figured out that adding the TTS voice to the initial drafts of the course, helps in painting a complete picture during the review cycles, and also in editing and timing of the course. Now with Captivate 5, text-to-speech goes multi-lingual! captivate 5 , text to speech , loquendo.

Editing Text to speech text for Loquendo voices in Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Through my previous blog series on text-to-speech, you have learnt about: The different text-to-speech voices in Adobe Captivate 5 (NeoSpeech and Loquendo). Tweaking the pronunciation of text generated using NeoSpeech voices. Using VTML tags to change speed, pitch, and volume of the NeoSpeech voices. In this blog post, let us learn how to tweak the speech generated using Loquendo voices. Inserting commands directly into the input text (in slide notes). Text interpretation. Text interpretation. pause.

VTML tags in Text to Speech !

Adobe Captivate

VTML (VoiceText Markup Language) - This Powerful hidden gem in Text to Speech helps you control the generated speech by adding pause, changing the pitch etc ! This post on customizing text to speech Pronunciations received many comments requesting a way to control the generated speech with html like tags. Even more interesting is the fact that it is so simple to use. All you need to do is insert the appropriate tags into the slide notes. You can type in (or copy paste) the tags just like you do any other text.

Question of the Week: CP4 Text to Speech Agents Menu

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Adobe Captivate 4: Can I Get My Agent Choices Back When I first started using the Text to Speech feature in Captivate, I was presented with a drop-down menu where I could select from either agent. Select Speech selection and then click OK. The next time you use the Text to Speech Agent, you'll see a drop-down menu with two agents Now the agent is selected for me. I know I can change the agent via the Audio menu after the audio has been created. However, I really want the drop-down menu. How do I get it back?

Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products

Tony Karrer

This is fourth post in a series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me (which turns out to be a great way to learn). The other posts are: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , and Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course.

Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality

Tony Karrer

As you know, Text-to-Speech is something that's very interesting to me and Joel knows a lot about it as CEO of Tuval Software Industries maker of Speech-Over Professional. This software adds text-to-speech voice narration to PowerPoint presentations and is used for training and eLearning at major corporations. Joel was nice enough to jump in and share his knowledge of applying text-to-speech technology to eLearning. Text-to-speech has reached the point of technical maturity.

Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech

Tony Karrer

This is the second post in a series on Text-to-Speech for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me (which turns out to be a great way to learn). The first post, Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , introduced the text to speech voice and discussed issues of quality related to its first component – the natural language processor (NLP). In this post we’ll look at the second component of a text to speech voice: the digital signal processor (DSP) and its measures of quality.

Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course

Tony Karrer

This is third post in a series on Text-to-Speech for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me (which turns out to be a great way to learn). In this post we will begin to address the practical side of the subject: How can e-learning developers use Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices to narrate their courses? TTS Integrated.

Captivate Hands-on Training: Enhancing Adobe Captivate Content with Audio

Adobe Captivate

They will take you through different options to add, edit, and record audio to either slides or to [.]. audio Rapid Authoring text to speechTopic: Enhancing Adobe Captivate Content with Audio Date and time: Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh for a hands-on session on using audio in Adobe Captivate. Training and Tutorials "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5

Suggestions for optimal use of the Text to speech engine

Adobe Captivate

Captivate 4 introduced text to speech (TTS) technology in Rapid eLearning authoring. Tweaking these voices seem to be one of the most discussed topics on our forums. These continue to be applicable in Captivate 5 for the NeoSpeech voices. Our other partner, Loquendo, also offers the ability to insert commands in the input text to modify the way words are pronounced. This is why the system cannot deal with ambiguous or misspelled text, nor give different emotional colors to its voices according to text semantics.

Locating the Text-to-Speech voices

Adobe Captivate

We receive many enquiries on how to download the Text-to-Speech voices from our site. I have to say the experience can be a little bit of a treasure hunt. For now, RJ , our senior evangelist, has created a quick how-to movie to help users with locating and installing this content: [link]. captivate , text-to-speech. How do I

Installing Text To Speech voices in Captivate 5 for Mac

Adobe Captivate

We’ve had several queries on our Forums on installing the new and text-to-speech voices. Smitha, our documentation lead, has written a detailed blog post on the steps to be followed for downloading and installing the text to speech voices in Captivate (both NeoSpeech and Loquendo voices are covered). Loquendo: LoquendoTTS folder. How do I

Adobe Captivate: Six Ways to Use Voiceover Scripts

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Captivate allows you to type--or copy and paste--the script into Slide Notes, similar to the slide notes you might be familiar with in PowerPoint. At the bottom of the recording window, click the  Captions & Slide Notes  button to display the notes. Just as with the closed captioning, creating the Text to Speech from the Slide Notes is very easy.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. Twitter is Much Better than I Thought for Learning I used to say during presentations that I wasn’t quite sure about twitter as a learning tool. I’ve had to find ways to filter the flow and figure out when/how to reach out. It was definitely helpful to spend time going through Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles. I’m looking forward to doing more of this going forward.

Adobe has posted a demo of Text to Speech in Captivate 4

Steve Howard

One of the great new features is a text to speech engine that lets you generate speech from your closed caption text. Adobe Captivate 4 Text to Speech demo. Adobe has published a demo showing how to use this new feature on the Adobe Captivate Blog. I tested out this feature on my cell phone (a Samsung BlackJack II ) by creating a small Captivate 4 demo and publishing it to my phone using the new Flash Lite Distributable Player. It worked. First time! Posted in Adobe, Captivate, eLearning. Adobe Captivate eLearning

Adobe Captivate 4: Train the Agents

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel During my Adobe Captivate beginner classes, I always teach students how to use Captivate's Text to Speech. I always look forward to teaching that particular feature because it honestly gets everyone in the room pumped up. Text to Speech is an easy-to-use utility that will instantly convert written text into audio files.

A Conversation with Danny Stefanic of LearnBrite

Kapp Notes

His current company is LearnBrite which has virtual characters, adaptive learning and all other types of really interesting learning elements including some great work with avatars and text-to-speech. Whilst studying computer science and software engineering at university, my specialisations were those which would best equip me to create 3D environments. Out and About

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: One Simple Click. All That Stands Between You and Your Speech Agent

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

The ability to convert text to speech using Captivate's built-in text to speech agents is awesome. All you need to do is select the slide note(s) you want to convert and then click the Text-to-Speech button. In the image below, Microsoft Anna, which comes with Windows, is also listed among the Speech Agents. 

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Switch TTS Agents in a Snap

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    During every  Captivate beginner class , time is spent on the second day teaching everyone how to use Captivate's Text-to-Speech feature to convert slide notes into speech. Recently, one of the students asked an excellent question: "Is there an easy way to change my mind?

Storyline updates and a Captivate TTS fix

ICS Learning

Aside: it appears each Storyline update is a full installer, not just a ‘patch’…so if you’re installing Storyline on a new machine (or reinstalling), you don’t have to go back the original installer and apply all these updates individually – just install the latest version and apply your license. And that seemed to fix the issue! Download the update. Read the Release Notes.

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