‘Text to Speech’ functionality of Adobe Captivate 4
Adobe Captivate 4 has just been released and special attention has been provided to various audio workflows in the product. The headlight audio feature that has been added is the ‘Text to Speech’ (T2S) engine. As the name suggests, Adobe Captivate 4 allows you to convert your text to professional quality voice-over narration. Users need to install the ‘Text to speech’ utility- available in the DVD or for download from the Captivate website.
So where does one find the T2S functionality in Adobe Captivate 4? Well, it comes as a part of ‘Slide Notes’ panel and converts your slide notes to audio at the click of a button.
T2S allows you to add professional voice-over-narration to your project by simply marking the text in your slide notes panel for ‘Text to speech’ and then converting the same to an audio file. Adobe Captivate provides two voices, a female voice in the form of ‘Kate’ and a male voice in the form of ‘Paul’, using which you can either have a female or a male voice-over narration added to your Adobe Captivate project.
Let’s see this example.
As shown in the movie, once you mark the text in the slide notes, the slide notes panel, should look something like this:
Clicking on ‘convert to speech’ will bring up the Speech Agent selection dialog called ‘Speech Setting’. Select the male or the female voice and convert the text to Speech.
Also, it’s very simple to modify the speech. Just modify the text in the slide notes panel and hit ‘convert to speech’ once again. Modified speech files will be created.