In this Adobe Captivate video tutorial, I review some hints and tips for creating text to speech in Adobe Captivate.
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Hi Paul, I recently started using AC9 and find the information you provide is very helpful to someone just starting. I have been using slide notes text to speech on my project and find it hard sometimes to make words/letters sound correctly. I have tried various pauses and things to see if I can make the letter "'O" sound correctly . I have spent too much time in trying to fix this problem and thought that it was time to ask for help. Do you have any suggestions, thanks.
Text to speech is excellent. However, I have always tried to use human speech whenever possible. When I am using text to speech and encounter a problem word, I look to the technical documentation from Neospeech. I've saved a copy on my website: https://captivateteacher.com/vtml
I've also started to keep notes about what has worked for me in the past. For example, to have Neospeach say all the letters individually from an abbreviation I use: <vtml_sayas interpret-as="ssml:characters" format="characters" detail="4">GTAA</vtml_sayas>
Another example might be to have numeric information read using a particular format I use: <vtml_sayas interpret-as="vxml:currency">1,900,000</vtml_sayas>
Another thing you may wish to consider is to look into Amazon Polly. A pretty good alternative if you find the right voice.
Amazon Polly would be the Text to Speech alternative that I would use if I needed a language I didn't have access to with Adobe Captivate. For me, I generally only have to deal with English and French Canadian, which is covered by Captivate. Here is the voiced you get with Adobe Captivate: https://youtu.be/NQ9JTU9P-X0
As you can see, there are very few choices included. You can reach out to the company that provides the voices to Adobe and purchase additional voices. The Company is Neospeech, and you can talk pricing with them. I've found them to be high priced, but I'm just a one person eLearning company. If GE is training tens or even hundreds of thousands, then it's probably a good deal.
I would consider hiring a localization company to do much of this work for you. They will translate your text export (I can show you this part if needed) into the multiple languages for you, record the audio files for each of your slides. All you would have to do is import the translated text for the onscreen and closed captions (the part I can show you) and then import the audio files over the existing audio.
I'm a little confused on the last part. Are you you saying that we would have to get voice from amazon to read the translated text? I would just import that into Adobe Captivate? I need multiple languages and curious to cost as well. Thank you for the quick response. I genuinely appreciate that. Been watching a lot of your videos. I work for GE and thinking about purchasing the tool but trying to see what interactive training, screen recordings, and PDF desktop procedures look like for this tool. If you have suggestions on videos to watch I would greatly appreciate that.
Yes. the process is to export your Project Captivate and Closed Captions to an MS Word file. Send it off for translations with a localization service. Once the translation comes back reimport it into your project so that all the text is replaced with the other language. Technically Text to Speech isn't included in this but if you check the checkbox for text to speech on the closed captions it will be ready to run the speech management tool to convert it to another language. Of course, there must be a speech agent installed for the language that you intend to use. If not you will have to have a native speaker read and record the narration which you would then import. Alternatively, you could use an alternative text to speech tool like Amazon Polly to create the narration files for you.
Sorry. I commented on this video regarding customizing text to speech. The demo when you customized Julie's voice and then copied it out of the editor and pasted it into the text to speech option in a side. My issues is that I can't seem to past text into the text to speech dialog box when in a side. I have to type everything in for the voice to use.
I'm not sure I understand what you are saying. Please keep in mind that I lack any context when you comment on 1 of about 400 videos that I have made. Especially in this case as this video was made almost 4 years ago.
I was wondering if you could give me a tip on a faster way to do something. I'm currently working on a course with text to speech audio. I've got a slide with six buttons, each button opens a pop up and triggers audio. Right now, I'm creating the audio as you described in this video, renaming it, removing it from the main slide and adding it to the action triggered by the button. Do you know if there's a way to add text to speech without attaching it directly to a slide so that I can do this more efficiently? (cpt 9)
You could maintain several hidden slides to generate the audio for these other items. This might save you some time. If you regenerate the audio for those hidden slides, however, you will have to point your object audio to the newly rendered audio. Something to keep in mind.
You can get additional speech agents from the provider of the VoiceText software, Neospeech. From what I have gathered, other speech agents are available to license for about USD 1000 and the company, in its interest to protect its intellectual property, is reluctant to sell Voicetext licenses without detailed knowledge of how and how much you intend to use the software.
Paul Wilson Adobe Captivate Tutorials. Firstly Thank you very much for your speedy reply. Secondly being able now to import this over to my other videos has helped soo much especialy for my users with sight impairments. I have only just found your videos and they have helped greatly in teaching me to create better e-learning content. Thank you once again and keep up the good work.
Juan Cano you are free to use the text to speech voices for your Adobe Captivate commercial projects however your use of the Neospeech voices is limited to use within the Adobe Captivate software. Any use that will not be contained within your Adobe Captivate project would be prohibited. There is no addition cost for using the Neospeech voices when you have a fully licensed copy of Adobe Captivate.
Try downloading the text to speech component again from Adobe. The following link will take you to a page where you can download what you need.
Make sure you download the correct version for your computer (i.e. OS and/or 32 bit/ 64 bit). If you continue to have problems please email [email protected] as I don't provide technical support for Captivate.
I'm running Captivate 9. This will be a VERY helpful video if I can get the voices to install. I'm getting an error that tells me to "insert disk AdobeCptv90 to continue." https://www.screencast.com/t/wK20PasRjY I have no install disks for Captivate 9 since I downloaded it. Any suggestions on what to do?
Try downloading the text to speech component again from Adobe. The following link will take you to a page where you can download what you need.
Make sure you download the correct version for your computer (i.e. OS and/or 32 bit/ 64 bit).
Something wrong happend to me today, by using Voicetext, when I test the sample before listen to my text to speech sound, the voice tell me that my licence is not valid :(
I don't understand, my adobe captivate 9 subscription is still running ^^
If you have an explication, thank's :)
Have a nice day Paul
When you subscribe to Adobe Captivate, you get VoiceText installed so that the text to speech technology can work within the application but you do not get a full license of Neospeech Voicetext. If you are using the VoiceText application to preview your text to speech you will have to put up with this nag message but not to worry. Your Cp9 subscription is likely fine.
Hi Paul, great video on the text-to-speech feature. I have a dilemma regarding trimming of videos. I have created a few videos in the cpvc file format and added them into a project in the cptx format. Now i want to perform some trimming on the cpvc videos and re-add them in the project, but the project is not updated with the changes. Also, is there a way in which i can perform trimming on videos integrated in a project. Thanks...
Saurav Gupta I would first of all subscribe to my channel if you haven't already. I would start by watching the playlists starting with *Navigation* then move on to *Question Slides*. They're not really in any particular order but watching the navigation stuff is probably more basic. Building question Slides might be more challenging. There are 170 videos, each one is anywhere from five minutes to twenty so if you work through them all you should learn quite a lot.
I generally don't do videos about features in *Captivate* (or Windows) that I don't use or plan on using, however in the description of all my videos is a link where you can submit a bug or feature request directly with Adobe.
No there is not a way to highlight the mouse cursor from within *Adobe Captivate*. For Video Demos you could replace your standard mouse icon with something more exaggerated. Not sure how you would do this with a *Mac* but on a *Windows PC* you can access the mouse cursor by opening the *Mouse Properties* from your *Control Panel*. Under the *Pointers* tab you can select new *Schemes* such as the *Windows Black (extra large) (system scheme)* or *Magnified (system scheme)*.
I may try this on my next tutorial. I never thought to make the mouse more pronounced but it's a good strategy for helping folks learn.
Saurav Gupta I export from library but once edited I just saved the updated audio to my hard drive and import it fresh seems to work better than round tripping. Again this is just my process - what works for me. You may find a better process.
Yes Jennifer you can add the audio from text to speech. Here is what I do. Add some blank slides after the question slide and right click on each one and make them hidden. Add text to speech on each blank slide, one for each caption you want to have narration for. Find the appropriate audio file for each caption in your Library and drag the audio file onto the caption you want the narration to be heard for.
A couple things to consider. If you rerun the generate audio option for your speech files, your captions will still have the old narration attached to them. There will not be any closed captioning for the narration in your captions. Also, the caption narration may interrupt and play over the slide audio if your learner clicks and submits the answer too early.
Yes you can add text to speech for a video demo, however it's a little bit of a process to do it. First you want to record your video demo, make whatever edits you wish to do to it (zoom in, zoom out, pan and so forth), next save the file as a CPVC file to somewhere on your computer. Once saved create a new standard or responsive project and click Insert >> Insert CPVC file. Navigate to where you saved the file and select and open it into your new project. Once loaded you can go to the Slide Notes panel and click the Text-to-Speech button and do the usual stuff that you do to create electronic narration. You may have to trial and error a little to get the timing just right. Best of luck.
+Jennifer Rumfield I would create 5 individual Captivate project files with a quiz built into each one. Then you can package them together using one of two ways.
- Use the Multi SCO Packager to bundle them together; or
- Create a course shell in your LMS and upload them as separate components of the course each contributing to the total score of the course in the LMS.
I have a video about the Multi SCO Packager here: https://youtu.be/4xg_8dz6GD0
I have a question about quizzes. I am working on a project that have 5 sections. After each section they would like a quiz. If a user fails a section, they want them to go back and review the section over again and retake the quiz. Is there a way to do this and if so, do you know of any tutorials. If not, do you have an ideas?
For the love of God, can somebody PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me how I can convert a PPT presentation with all the animations set up into Abode Captivate and play it to time with my imported Audio file? I have been searching for the answer for the past 6 hours. I watched a YouTube video about a month ago which showed me how to do it. It was very simple - but I can't remember how to do it now. Something about viewing the slides as a full screen and then clicking when you wanted the animations to show up to time in with the audio?
Please help. I'm losing my mind...
+Lisa McNeely Yes you can use punctuation and get the expected rise in pitch a question will have. I've always found it a little too exaggerated so I just a period to end even a question. Also you can add a longer break after a question which seems to simulate the waiting that would normally occur with asking a question of someone.
I am using Text to speech. I have put in the pauses through break. It sounds good in the voice text, but when I paste it back into captivate it sounds the same as before with no breaks and continues to speak rapidly. Please advise... Lisa
The Neospeech Text to Speech component for Adobe Captivate is available from the Adobe Account Management page. Log in to Adobe and click on *Manage Account*. Click on *Plans and Products*. Then click on *Order History / View your orders*. Click on the *order number* associated with your purchase of Adobe Captivate. Click on *Downloads and Serial Numbers* to download the additional components such as the Text to Speech software.
Thank you very much) I have 2 more question. Is there any possibility to highlight text according (synchronously) to the text to speech audio? like in karaoke.
and the second - How can I export Audio to apply some effects in Soundforge or other programms. Thank you for your work. It is really useful.
Hi Paul, Thx for sharing the tips like the VML editor, very cool.
Note that I also like Julie. I did not like the way she says her name, so I tried "Jewly" which works better. I have also discovered that some vowel combos are not pronounced correctly. The solution I found is to split the word e.g. for "create" I write cree ate. This technique gives the software with a more phonetic method to work with/
Sorry for being a latecomer to this but I've just started using Captivate 8 (Mac) and I get an error message every time I try to use text-to-speech. I've downloaded the Captivate 8 Voices dmg and it does not provide me with anything new. I believe I'm missing something. Can you or your esteemed followers help?
+Paul Wilson Hi, Paul. Thank you so much for your reply and for these delightful and incredibly helpful videos. Here's what I have learned. 1. The Mac provides many voices in their list, many, if not all of which are dysfunctional. 2. I found that the Captivate_8_Voices.dmg installer found at (http://www.adobe.com/go/Cp8_mac_voices_installer) does work but the voices installed at the bottom and I could not find them. 3. Because the default voices do not work it really is essential that you select one of the seven voices at the bottom that were newly installed. Then it works. Really weird how Adobe includes all those names on the list when they don't work. Hope this helps other mac users.
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