I was fascinated by what I found and heard recently in an online discussion group. It it real voiceover, or TTS?
Yes, it’s real and it’s…TTS
TTS means text to speech. We’ve heard about it, and some fear it. I must admit that the technology has greatly improved, its not all there. I don’t think we’re going to have another “HAL” like in the film, “2001 A Space Odyssey”.
Take a listen:
I use Google’s phone number service and the speech to text technology has a long way to go. This free (reverse concept) service converts a spoken word phone message to text and emails it to me. There’s a lot of drop out.
However, Google is also big on cloud-based TTS technology:
Have you ever found yourself in a place when you just can’t focus on
your computer screen anymore? Maybe your eyes are strained by long hours
of time in front of computer or your are just feeling lazy. Wouldn’t it
be nice if someone read stuff to us, instead of reading it ourself?
You can just sit back, relax, close your eyes and listen to the stuff
you needed to read.
Text to speech
technology has made a lot of progress in the last few years. Previously
we had software applications which needed to be installed on the
computers for them to convert text to speech and weren’t much effective.
But now we have some excellent text to speech services and most of them
are free and of good quality.
The applications of TTS are many and varied!
Don’t fret fellow voice-over artists! You’ll note that some vocal patterns can mimic so-called “emotion”, but can never take the place of the natural nuance of a live thinking human. Computers cannot ACT!