Artificial Intelligence is being widely adopted across numerous sectors, including video. Although AI is not a universal solution, it can be leveraged to save time and reduce costs in specific project scenarios, thanks to a variety of tools and solutions.
In this blog, we'll explore what AI voices are, how they can help in the delivery of a project, and the benefits of using AI voiceover versus human voice actors. We'll also provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a video with AI voiceovers and a list of the types of AI voices commonly used.
What is an AI voice?
AI voices refer to the use of artificial intelligence to produce synthetic speech in recorded audio. These voices don't belong to real human beings but are generated by a machine learning algorithm. They can be customised to sound precisely like humans, simulating emotions and intonation like humans do.
Will AI replace voice actors?
This article by Voiceover Freelance reminds us that robotic voices have already been around for a while, and though AI voiceovers have advanced significantly in recent years, it is unlikely that they will completely replace human voice actors. AI voiceovers can be very useful in certain scenarios, such as generating voiceovers for videos, instructional materials, and other situations where a natural-sounding voiceover is needed quickly and cost-effectively.
The voiceover industry has been heavily reliant on voice actors, and their availability, to bring scripts to life. But AI technology has helped to improve the industry by reducing the time and resources required for recording audio by automatically creating custom audio content in less time with AI voices. And there are many benefits of using AI voiceovers that go way beyond being cost-effective such as:
You don’t need to depend on a human actor to be available
AI voices can be easily translated into different languages helping you reach a wider audience
AI voices can be customised to suit the accent you require, the tone, and the language at the touch of a button
AI voices are highly editable so in the event of an update needed, the voiceover can be recreated quickly without having to book a new recording session with a voiceover artist
AI technology can certainly reduce the overall cost too as voiceovers require money for professional audio equipment, audio controllers, microphones, and other advanced hardware. Other than the monetary expenses, it is also a time-consuming process to recruit voice actors, train them, and direct them and AI voiceovers eliminate these limitations, making voice-overs a more affordable option for businesses and more efficient.
While AI voiceovers are not able to surpass the versatility and skill of a voiceover artist, they can be very useful if delivering a project at scale in many languages. One major advantage is the flexibility and speed involved in creating a variety of synthetic voices with customisable languages. You can easily switch between different voices to convey different emotions effectively, which provides a diverse range of voiceovers that can integrate better with different audiences when creating video content such as explainer videos or e-learning tutorials.
Since AI voices are generated by a machine, they are consistent in tone and pacing between sentences and paragraphs, or can be altered.
How are AI voices made?
Now that you understand the benefits of using AI voiceovers in your videos, let's quickly explore the process of how AI voices are created.
Step 1: Choose your script
Firstly, select a written script that you intend to use in your video production.
Step 2: Choose your AI voice
Then select a suitable voice from a list of played or artificial voices that are well-suited for your video's tone, conclusion, and the brand you're promoting to end users.
Step 3: Record your voiceover
Record the voiceover by digitising the chosen voice clip by recording and reviewing it until you get the best version of the audio.
Step 4: Integrate the voiceover
Add your voiceover audio clip to your video along with visual elements comprising graphics and animations to create one comprehensive video.
Step 5: Edit and publish your video
Once you've reviewed and tested your audio and video combination, ensure it aligns with the target audience, and then edit and refine the video before publishing it. Et voila, your work is complete!
There are a variety of affordable or free AI voiceover alternatives on the market that offer different pricing solutions, from free to premium service options, and you would need to investigate each voiceover tool to discover which solution would work best for you and your budget. Let’s run through some of the most common options on the market.
NaturalReader: NaturalReader converts written text into spoken words has many voices and languages and may be utilised for either private or business needs.
Another service that can translate text into spoken words is Google Text-to-Speech. It supports numerous languages and has a range of voices. It works well for straightforward tasks or videos that don't call for a professional voiceover.
Amazon Polly: This inexpensive alternative costs by the number of characters. It supports numerous languages and has lifelike voices. It's a terrific option for individuals or small businesses that require a professional voiceover without spending a fortune.
A premium AI voiceover platform called Lovo.ai offers voices with excellent quality and a natural tone. It provides a variety of pricing options, making it an excellent option for individuals on a tight budget.
SpeechKit provides a variety of voices and languages. The fact that it costs depending on usage makes it an excellent option for people who just occasionally require voiceovers.
AI video voiceover benefits
AI voiceovers are an interesting solution thanks to their flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and convenience. By using artificial intelligence to generate custom audio content, creators can now produce high-quality voiceovers in less time than it would take with human voice actors. The benefits of using AI voiceovers go beyond cost-effectiveness and include time-saving, language customisation, and flexibility in creating different synthetic voices.
Additionally, AI voiceovers can be used in a wide range of video content, including e-learning tutorials, explainer videos, and audiobooks. With the ability to switch between different voices to convey different emotions, AI voiceovers provide a diverse range of voiceovers that can better integrate with different audiences.
Moreover, creating a video with AI voiceovers is a straightforward process that involves selecting a script, choosing an AI voice, recording the voiceover, integrating it with visual elements, editing the video, and publishing it.
Overall, AI voiceovers provide an excellent opportunity for creators to enhance their video production quality while reducing production costs on big scale projects. With the growing demand for digital content, AI voiceovers are a tool worth considering for anyone looking to create engaging videos that captivate audiences worldwide.
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