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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. First, the easiest way to access Captivate’s text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities is via the Audio > Speech Management option.

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. One facet of design that is often overlooked or willfully ignored is that of adding the spoken word to our eLearning design.

Text-to-Speech Examples

Tony Karrer

Javed Alam pointed me to a couple of Text-to-Speech eLearning Examples, so I thought I’d capture a few of the examples here. I would welcome pointers to additional examples! Example #1 - Introduction to Venice - Qwiki uses Text-to-Speech in really interesting ways.

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.

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. Later, if the content changes, editing the typed text will be way easier than re-recording an entire voiceover.

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.

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

eFront

This post is a post of the series "Free e-Learning Resources" and I am going to talk about free and open source text-to-speech tools for e-Learning. Before I present you the list I would like to answer two important questions: 1) Why not use Human voice over?

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. A great deal more information per slide can be transferred with voice than with plain text. 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.

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. Text to speech is something that has been used for years in e-learning courses – and is now even a standard feature in Adobe Captivate. You need to update your content frequently?

Text to speech in Adobe Captivate 5.

Adobe Captivate

Text to Speech , Captivate 5 , TTS , T2S , Speech Management , Loquendo , Neo Speech. Text to speech does the same functionality in Captivate 5 as it used to do in Captivate 4, i.e. it converts the text to speech.

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.

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.

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. Text interpretation.

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. This is my text : Helps you control the speed of the 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

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). Sound file operations should be transparent to the user. Easy to modulate the voice.

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.

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). And don’t forget to factor in Text-to-Speech NLP 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). Several of the voice vendors offer on-demand TTS voice web services which accept text and produce sound files.

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.

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. Under the hood Adobe Captivate 5 loquendo neospeech text to speech

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.

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. If you do not find the voices listed in the Speech Agent drop-down menu, check if the following folders exist on your system: NeoSpeech: VT folder in /Applications/Adobe Captivate 5.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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. Don’t expect users to have the same mindset or experience as yourself.

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.

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.   Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

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.

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