You can add slide notes and convert them into an audio file using the text-to-speech converter in Adobe Captivate. In this movie, learn how to generate text-to-speech using the speech management dialog and the slide notes.
- [Voiceover] Another way to add audio to your eLearning courses in Captivate is to generate text to speech. There are two ways in which you can generate text to speech in Captivate. One is through the Speech Management dialog which will allow you to generate text to speech for your entire project. The other way is to go to each slide and then generate text to speech using the slide notes. Let's first look at the Speech Management dialog workflow. I'll go and click Audio on the menu bar and then select Speech Management to bring up the dialog.
Here you can see all the slides of your project. To add some text to be converted to speech, I'll go ahead and select the slide to which I want to add text, and then click the plus sign. This will give me a placeholder to add some text. I'll go ahead and paste some text here. Above the text, you will find a speech agent assigned for this particular text to be converted. If you wish to change that speech agent, you can go ahead and select that speech agent and then switch to any other speech agent.
The speech agents provided along with Captivate are the top seven that you see in this list. The rest of the speech agents you see here in this list are provided by Mac. I'll go ahead and use one of the speech agents provided by Captivate. Let's select Julie here to generate text to audio and then we will go ahead and click Generate Audio. This will add the audio track to my slide, Now I'll go ahead and close this dialog and let's hear the audio.
Here, on the filmstrip, you will see an audio icon below the slide family. Go ahead and click it and then select Play. - [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. - [Voiceover] So here you can see the audio was generated beautifully, and you can also go ahead and add as much text as you want for the slide to generate audio for that. Let's go back to the Speech Management dialog and let me show you a few more things. I'll go to Audio and click Speech Management.
Here, as I added audio for slide one, you can also go ahead and do it for slide two and slide three. You can also have multiple speech agents for each slide or different slides. Let's go ahead and add one more line here. I'll go ahead and click the plus sign and here, I'll go ahead and paste the same text again. This time, I will go ahead and change the speech agent to somebody else. Let's go ahead and select Paul here. So first, Paul will say the same sentence and then Julie will say it.
Let's go ahead and change Julie as well. to some other speech agent. Let's go ahead and select, maybe, Kate. And then, I'll go ahead and click Generate Audio and click Yes. And click Close. Now when I play the audio... - [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. - [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. - [Voiceover] So here, you can make out the audio is pretty good and if you want to make some modifications to this audio that is automatically generated, you can use something known as the VTML tags that are used for modifying the text to speech and also there are dictionaries available for these speech agents where you can go ahead and teach the speech agents how to pronounce some of the words.
Now, let's take a look at the second way to add text to speech audio. For that, let's go to the third slide which doesn't have any audio right now and then we need to bring up the slide notes panel. To get that panel, you can go ahead and click Window on the menu bar and then select Slide Notes. In the Slide Notes section, you can go ahead and add the text caption and then generate text to speech from here. Let's take a look at the steps. I'll go ahead and click the plus sign. Here, I will be allowed to enter the slide notes.
Let's go ahead and paste the same text here and then I need to check this box which says TTS. This will allow me to select this caption to generate as text to speech. I'll go ahead and check this box and then click Text to Speech button next to it. This will again bring me up to the same Speech Management dialog, but notice that here I just have this particular slide available. Now, speech agent is assigned, and I can go ahead and change it to any other speech agent, similar to what we did in the previous workflow.
With that done, I'll go ahead and generate audio and click Close. Now, when I go to the timeline, I can see the audio attached here and I can also see the audio attached at the bottom of the slide. Let's go ahead and play it out. - [Voiceover] Hi there! - [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. And here you can notice that on image four, I had some text attached to this object so they played together. I'll go ahead and move this a little far so that you can hear one audio at a time.
- [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. - [Voiceover] Hi there! So for building your courses, you can go ahead and pick the form of audio that you want to include in your course. It can either be a recorded narration, it can be an imported narration, or it can be text to speech.
- What's new in Captivate 9
- Creating a storyboard in Captivate Draft
- Adding text, audio and video, shapes, and animations
- Inserting interactive elements such as buttons and rollovers
- Creating a new Captivate project
- Creating timeline animations
- Applying effects
- Creating a drag-and-drop interaction
- Creating a simulation
- Adding assessments
- Adding closed captions for narration
- Enabling accessibility
- Enabling LMS reporting
- Enabling accessibility
- Creating responsive projects
- Publishing a Captivate project