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Best natural sounding voiceovers for videos?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by ScreamingMidget, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. ScreamingMidget

    ScreamingMidget Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'm wanting to create videos where an article is read out while the video goes through and changes each image/slide every. So as an example: '10 things you never knew about cats'. This will have an intro, followed by 10 images and for each image, a paragraph is spoken, instead of there being text.

    Any suggestions?

    I checked out the IVONA Text-to-Speech but when listening to the voice demos, I could tell they were computer generated. I guess the best bet would be to hire humans to record a voice over the video, but I expect it'll cost a lot.
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Well, instead of "natural-sounding" voiceovers, why not just get natural voiceovers?

    Let me ask you, do you have a microphone? If so, grab it and go down to your local urban youth hotspots (e.g., basketball courts, sidewalks, and the food courts of "the mall")

    Find a Jamal at the Mall and ask him, "Do you want to be a star, baby?" Jamal will always say yes, because hoodrat Gen Zs and Millennials love hearing that they'll be famous without lifting a finger.

    Tell him about the project you're working on, and ask him if he can "drop a few lines for this sick project". It's important to use colloquialisms he's familiar to keep him interested in the project.

    Be sure to bring a pop filter before Jamal "drops the beat" all over your nice microphone. Popping noises and spit hitting the microphone in the audio will require you to edit the audio when you could've avoided it.

    For a more serious answer, you could always record your own voices if you're confident enough. If you're self-conscious about the way you sound, adjusting your voice in your video editing software can be done.

    You could also go the college student route. Most of them are desperate for work and money and will take anything if they think they'll get their "foot in the door". Besides, it'll give them something to reference in their portfolio.
     
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  3. ScreamingMidget

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    Aye, it seems that's the best option between the two. The text to speak just don't sound normal at all. This will be for education type videos so need to be put across in the correct way.
     
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    Then @Zwielicht's idea for college kids might be a real winner.
     
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    Just be prepared to edit the word "bruv" out at the end of every sentence if you take the above option.
     
  6. BENNY8877

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    I've found that even the best text to speech programs will sound bad when using certain words. The English accent sounds the best, but it even sounds fake at times. Your best bet is to do it yourself. Not only will you have not have to pay others to do it, but it will likely be frustrating dealing with someone else and editing their work. Just adjust your voice in the settings (Audacity), and use background music.