How to Use a Text to Speech App for Videos
Text to speech apps offer content creators new ways to bring life into their videos, making them more easily accessible to those who want to engage and digest content via audio. You can leverage text to speech apps to provide additional context and a higher-quality finish to your video, while preserving the accuracy, accessibility, and convenience that voice over provides.
Below, we’re exploring how to use text to speech and considerations you can take to help you wind up with the highest-quality content possible.
What Is a Text to Speech App?
A text to speech app allows social media content creators to streamline their editing process, offer narration for accessibility and optimization purposes, and the opportunity to optimize content based on region and language preferences. It’s incredibly easy to use and scale throughout your video editing process and can give videos a polished and consistent look that will keep your audience engaged as the video progresses.
Text To Speech Video Checklist to Consider
Being strategic about using text to speech apps in your video editing process can help you to create the highest quality content possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re learning how to use text to speech effectively.
What’s the Goal of Your Video Content?
Before you begin editing, determine the goal of your video content. Understanding this can help you to more effectively choose the style and type of text to speech and determine how you can best leverage the editing process to polish your video. There are many types of videos that use text to speech apps, including:
- “How-to” style videos
- Influencer or affiliate-oriented content
As you determine your goal, do some competitor research to see trends and preferences in your respective content niche to ensure that your content is in alignment and provides a unique edge.
You may also choose to determine if you want to see sales, traffic, sign-ups or any other result from your video to help you to build out a more comprehensive strategy.
What is the Right TTS Voice Speed and Emotion?
Despite being machine-driven, text to speech apps provide unique pacing, feeling, and storytelling elements to your video. Using different variations in text to speech style, such as different types of narration styles or voicing over certain video clips, can give your content a different “feel.” You may consider taking creative liberty and experimenting with different types of content and taking note of what does well on specific platforms.
- TikTok content is short, snappy, trendy and story-oriented. There are many different subtopics or “sides” of TikTok, making research vital to your editing style success.
- Instagram & Facebook content focuses on storytelling, influencing and persuading more than trends. You may choose to highlight certain video clips with voiceover to clarify or call attention to certain parts of your content.
What Gender and Accent Do I Want for My TTS Voice?
Gendered voices can change how your story is told and perceived. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a gender and accent, though you’ll likely want to align it with regional expectations and your native tongue. You can try split-testing video content to see how your audience prefers to engage with your content and follow those preferences or use them to inform a more varied approach.
Using Native TTS Features vs MixVoice
Native text to speech app features located within social media video editors do exist. However, they can be extremely limited compared to professional text to speech apps like MixVoice. The lack of reliability and emotional range available can stunt your video’s reach and engagement, and highlight the importance of choosing a third party tool. Additionally, certain languages and accents can limit your video’s impact in certain regions.
Beyond this, you may also experience a slower editing process than you otherwise would with professional text to speech apps, as you have to edit videos on a per-video basis. In contrast, MixVoice allows users to work on multiple products at once in a completely effortless, intuitive way. You can return to the project any time you need to, refining your content and eliminating errors. It’s a higher quality and more streamlined approach to take for your video editing needs.
How to Use Text to Speech With MixVoice
Ready to use MixVoice’s convenient text to speech app? Here are the steps you need to take to begin editing your videos:
Download the MixVoice App
Downloading the MixVoice app is your first step to text to speech app success. You can find the app conveniently located on the iOS App Store or for macOS. After downloading, you can follow the prompts to sign in and choose your plan.
Choosing Your MixVoice Plan
MixVoice offers different options to meet your content creation needs, with both free and paid monthly plans available. With the free plan, you can still enjoy a range of accents, and languages to choose from. However, the Premium version supports more than 20 languages and 60+ accents, watermark removal, and longer video-sharing options, supporting up to 2-10 minutes of video at any time.
These features make Premium a great choice for those who are looking to engage with their audience and break through to new groups, making their content as accessible and competitive as possible.
Start a New MixVoice Project
After you choose your membership plan, you can begin starting a new MixVoice project. You can follow the on-screen prompts to load videos directly from your camera roll or files app, giving you direct access to the native editor in just a few taps.
You may also choose to import a photo, adding up to 90 seconds of voice over. This comes as a recent update to the app that rolled out at the end of 2022.
Trim Your Video
After uploading your content, you’ll choose a start and end time for your video to trim it to the length you want. You’ll want to consider a few things as you do this, including:
Click “Voice Over” and Adjust on the Timeline
After you’ve trimmed your video, you can determine where you want then text to speech voice over to begin. Consider allowing time in your editing process to refine and align your voice over with the actual video itself, giving it a polished and finished look.
Add Your Voice Over Script
At this point, you can easily type or paste your voice over script in the native MixVoice editor and verify its accuracy and flow. We recommend using punctuation as you draft and finalize your script, as this can indicate to our systems when to include natural voice variation (such as inflections and pauses).
Choose Your Voice Actor, Language, and Accent
You can then choose your preferred language and accent via our wide library of text to speech voice talent. Consider experimenting until you determine which best suits the needs and preferences of your intended audience.
We do want to note that as you change this area of your voiceover experience, your video clip duration may lengthen. This occurs due to the variation in voice actor tones and speaking cadence.
As an example, if the script was added and set to a default voice of “Alex” and is then changed to “Cora,” the length of the voice over audio could shorten or lengthen causing overlap. However, if this were to happen, you would always be able to make adjustments like changing the AI voice speech speed or trimming your script to fit your video.
Select a TTS Voice Speed and Emotion
Finally, you’ll adjust the speaking rate of your text to speech voice of choice. You can also take this time to adjust the range of emotion options to keep your video as authentic and professional as possible.
Examples of Text to Speech on Social Media Videos
There are plenty of brands, influencers, and personal videographers who have transitioned to using text to speech in their videos to enhance reach and engagement. We’ve compiled a list of some great examples of creators who have successfully used text to speech in their videos.
You’ll notice they’re using native inclusions and features — such as on-screen text or other forms of video alteration — however, we’re only focusing on the TTS.
- The text to speech feature used on this video is clear and accentuated with emoji-accentuated captions to play up the video’s composition and visual elements.
- This video began with an engaging repetitive clip, pulling the viewer in and piquing their curiosity.
- There’s plenty of bright color to be seen in the composition, keeping the viewer engaged and “wanting to see more” as they conclude the story.
- This text to speech example shows the importance of timing to tell a story. The creator did a great job syncing the voice with the on-video captions.
- There is plenty of motion in the video’s caption, drawing the eye.
- This video is using TTS to bring life to a popular game (Roblox)
- The creator brings humanistic elements and drama to the characters.
- The dialogue is spaced apart enough to sound conversational, and different TTS voices were used for each character.