Voice over work is an exciting prospect and an entertaining job when you think of it, particularly when one has the talent for it. But it becomes quite the problem when you are short of the skill set to create the voice needed for specific projects in a particular setting.
Of course, there is the fact one can go on a look out for voice over artists with the chops for said detailed role, but even that comes at quite a price especially when the producer in question is limited by budget.
So what comes next? This is the part where we have to thank the technologically advancements made available such as the text-to speech technology which makes it quite easier and cheaper to generate lifelike voices or tunes for needed projects.
With this in mind, we outlined a couple of these tools that allow the generation of human-like voice overs for our mini project.
Making voices that sound like humans is simple now that we have Murf. The tool enables you to add a variety of effects to the voice, which improves its naturalness. Along with 120 voices in 20 different languages, Murf also includes a library of pre-made video templates.
You may filter voices in the Murf studio’s feature-rich by gender, age, and use case. The pitch, tempo, pauses, and emphasis can all be changed as well as the addition of background music from its repertoire.
Murf can do more than only create voiceovers by employing text-to-speech software. Instead, it can edit your recording, clone voices, and add voiceover to videos. It has an online voice changer tool that enables you to produce voiceovers of high quality. If you have the Enterprise plan, you can even collaborate with your team members.
Murf offers three premium plans and one free one. The created voice cannot be downloaded using the free version. Instead, a link is the sole way to distribute the voice.
Voicebooking is a platform that links clients and voice actors. But if money is tight, you can utilize its AI voiceover generator to produce voices that sound realistic.
The utility can be used without even logging in. Enter your text, select the language and voice, and then play the voice.
You must sign up on the website in order to download the voice or add effects. Nine projects and three downloads are the maximums for the free plan, while the subscription plan costs about $5 per month.
VoiceOverMaker has you covered whether you need to produce a straightforward voice, add a voiceover to a video, or record a screencast with voice. By combining several audios, it can even produce a voice like to a podcast. The feature-rich utility allows you to customize the audio parameters for your use.
You may translate and transcribe your audio or video thanks to its speech-to-text capabilities. VoiceOverMaker supports about 30 languages and 600 voices, and it features browser extensions.
All features are accessible under the free plan, however there are character limits of 800 and no commercial use is allowed.
Animaker was initially developed as a hassle-free tool for creating animations and films, but it has now expanded into a collection of artistic tools. You may now make presentations, films, photos, voiceovers, and designs.
With the Animaker Voice function, you may produce voiceovers in about 200 voices and 50 different languages. It’s a very easy process. Choose the voice, language, and gender after inputting the script. You can change the volume, pitch, and speed by clicking on the audio icon on the left. It also enables you to add whispering and accent effects.
Despite the fact that there is a free plan, you cannot download voices, making it of little use. You may try out the product for free to see if it suits your needs before upgrading to the Pro plan. You get more voices, auto-enhancement, and a voice download option thanks to this.
Another feature-rich voiceover generator is Speechmax. It can also merge several audio files, change the loudness, add background music, and convert text to voice, among other things. If you’d like, you can even add your own voice.
The South Asian languages and voices that Speechax offers, in addition to English, fall into the categories of promotional, peppy, narrative, and exciting. The voiceover can be shared via a link or exported as an MP3 file. The paid plans start at $6 per month, and the free one is extremely constrained.
The browser-based video editor Clipchamp is a member of the Microsoft family. A free voiceover generator is available in addition to other resources. The voiceover generator from Clipchamp provides 170 different voices in 70 different languages. There isn’t much you can change, save than picking one of the three speeds.
Despite being surprisingly realistic, the voices produced can only be added to videos created with Clipchamp because audio files cannot be downloaded.
If your primary goal is to voice over a video, the free Clipchamp plan is fairly liberal and effective. It will cost $12 per month to upgrade, if you need to.
Thirty languages are supported by Maestra Maestra’s voiceover generator. You may change the text and simultaneously create dialogues with two or more speakers using its straightforward editor.
It has a built-in feature that lets you change the speed and translate text. The voice can be exported in a variety of formats. Maestra offers excellent transcribing software in addition to its voiceover generator. An automatic subtitle maker exists similarly.
Maestra provides three different price tiers. Pay-as-you-go packages are $10 per hour, but Premium accounts are $29 per user per month. There is a special plan available for large enterprises.
The voiceovers produced by Resemble AI sound like people, as the name implies. The tool is unique in a number of ways.
Speech-to-speech is the first of these features. You can do this to upload your voice and create an AI version of it. Similar to this, you may create your own AI voices that fit your brand via voice cloning. A foreign language is added to your speech using the Localize tool.
It features several pre-made templates for generating voices for commercials, a help desk, and dialogue, though you may also add a variety of effects and moods. There are Basic and Pro plans for Resemble AI. The entry-level, pay-as-you-go plan has a cost of $0.006 per second.
These browser-based programs enable you to produce human-sounding voices for promotional videos, presentations, or audiobooks. Many of them are free, and those that are paid still cost much less than hiring a voice actor.
The problem with these tools is that they do not allow you to significantly change the voice. Therefore, you have the option to record and modify your voiceovers in Adobe Premier Pro if you want to edit the voiceover and change the effects.
UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm
In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.
According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.
The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.
The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.
In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.
Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.
The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.
The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.
The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.
Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.
Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.
The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”
Donelan stated in a statement:
“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.
“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.
“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”
Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.
Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.
Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.
The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.
On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.
Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next
Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.
Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.
The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.
The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”
Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.
Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.
Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.
These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”
Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.
Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts
Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.
Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.
When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).
Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.
Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.
It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.
Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.
Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.
Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.
There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.
Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.
Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.
The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.
Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.
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