Speak out! Narrate your way to success Matthew Ellison firstname.lastname@example.orgTechnical Communication UK20th – 22nd September, 2011The Oxford Belfry, Thame
Who am I?• Technical Director of UA Europe conference• User Assistance specialist• Trainer/consultant in User Assistance and eLearning• Voiceover professional• Amateur actor
What will we cover today?• When is voiceover narration appropriate?• Why should you use it?• Guidance on recording voiceover narration• Pros and cons of simulated voiceovers (Text-To- Speech)• Guidance on using Text-To-Speech
Quality criteria for TTS voices• Naturalness• IntelligibilitySee what you think:• http://www.nuance.com/vocalizer5/flash/index.html• https://acapela-box.com/AcaBox/index.php
Comparing Human Voice and TTS• TTS lacks the subtle nuances and variety of expression used by a real human voice
Comparing Human Voice and TTSText on Screen Text-to-Speech Human Narration Human NarrationNo voiceover Narration In-House ProfessionalLowest Cost Highest CostFastest SlowestEasy to Change Hard to ChangeLeast Hassle Most Hassle Tony Karrer , 2010
TTS for Adobe Captivate 5.5• Microsoft Sam or Anna (US)• NeoSpeech: • Paul (US) • Kate (US)• Loquendo • Simon (British) • Juliette (French) • Stefan (German)• Additional voices can be purchases • Acapela, AT&T Natural Voices, Cepstral, Nuance, and others
Fine-tuning TTS pronunciation and prosody • Pronunciation Editor for Adobe Captivate 5.5 TTS (NeoSpeech voices only) • For more information, see tinyurl.com/6397ose
Final tips for voiceover narration• Recording demo in real time (full-motion video): • record narration as you record demo• Recording demo as screenshots: • add narration later• Always write a script• Use shorter sentences and more informal language than you would for written text• Use Text-to-Speech for first draft• Ideally use a human voice for final version
References and further reading• Mayer, R E (2005c). Principles for managing essential processing in multimedia learning: Segmenting, pretraining, and modality principles. In R.E. Mayer (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning (pp. 147-158). New York: Cambridge University Press• e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Ruth C. Clark and Richard E. Mayer, 2nd edition (2007)• Tony Karrer’s eLearning Technology blog: Text to Speech, http://elearningtech.blogspot.com/2009/05/text-to-speech.html• Want to Create Engaging Screencasts? TechSmith, http://tinyurl.com/2ertj6v• Matthew’s blog on Adobe Captivate, http://blogs.highlander.co.uk/tag/captivate/
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