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February 22, 2018

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Dawn Davis

As a voice talent who does a great deal of work in the elearning space, this is of great interest to me. Is there a way for me to hear some samples of these narrators? And do you have any data yet showing what percentage of creators are using these text to voice narrators as opposed to living breathing narrators? Thanks!

Kevin Siegel

Hi Dawn,

I don't think you need to worry about your day job. While both Storyline and Captivate both offer text-to-speech, the quality simply is not good enough to replace living, breathing talent (IMO).

The voices that come with Storyline sound artifiical. And while the voices that come with Captivate are more realistic-sounding, I don't think they'll work for high-end eLearning either.

Certainly the voices in both programs can be used as placeholder audio, or for internal eLearning, but I'd never consider using the built-in voices for the eLearning we create for our customers.

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