How do I add or edit text-to-speech clips?

Creating new text-to-speech items

1) Click a character and select Dialog in the toolbar.
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2) Click Add Dialog to open the menu and select Text-to-Speech.
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3) Select a language and a voice from the menu.
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4) Type your text in the box and click on the robot symbol to generate the clip.
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Editing existing text-to-speech items

1) Right click on the text-to-speech clip in the timeline and select Settings.
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2) Click the Edit icon in the text-to-speech modal.
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3) Select a new language and/or voice from the menu (if needed).
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4) Edit the text in the box and click on the robot symbol to regenerate the clip.
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List of available text-to-speech languages

Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Welsh (last updated - April 26, 2019).

 

Other tips and considerations

When typing text in a specific language, make sure to use the appropriate alphabet - for example, if typing in Russian, use the Cyrillic alphabet in the TTS field.
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The text-to-speech engine is sensitive to accent marks (e.g: á, ê, ī). In order to guarantee a correct pronunciation, make sure the text has the appropriate accent marks if applicable.

Here are some other useful tips:

  • Add "fake" punctuations for the TTS voice to mark pauses (e.g: add "," for a short pause and "." for a longer pause).
  • Use "phonics" to write words that are not part of the dictionary (e.g: for the engine to pronounce "Gigya", write it as "guee gya").
  • Split the dialog into smaller parts of 10 words or less. For example: 
    "The Economic Framework is a set of decision rules that align everyone to the financial objectives of the solution and guides the economic decision-making process"
    1) "The Economic Framework is a set of decision rules"
    2) "that align everyone to the financial objectives of the solution"
    3) "and guides the economic decision-making process"
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Note: No TTS provider is able to automatically provide the correct voice cadence or tone desired, and some tweaking is usually necessary.

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