[On-Demand] The Future of Synthetic Voice: Revolutionizing Multilingual Multimedia

Multimedia is rapidly evolving, driven by an insatiable demand for diverse and engaging content.

Multimedia is rapidly evolving, driven by an insatiable demand for diverse and engaging content. From major media platforms to corporate e-learning modules, the need for efficient, cost-effective, and multilingual content is paramount. Synthetic voice technology is at the forefront of this transformation, which promises to redefine how we create and consume multimedia content.

Synthetic Voice: The Game-Changer in Multimedia Production

During our recent LinkedIn Live event, “Emerging AI – Shaping the Future of Multimedia Content Creation,” Kevin Alster, Digital Learning strategist at Synthesia, Michael Anderson, Multimedia Lead at Welocalize, and Brennan Smith, Head of AI Services at Welocalize, shed light on the remarkable advancements in synthetic voice technology.

This technology leverages AI to create digital avatars and synthetic voices, significantly speeding up production and reducing costs. Unlike traditional methods requiring extensive resources, synthetic voice can generate realistic, human-like speech from text, offering an array of voices and languages.

Impact on Production Efficiency and Accessibility

Kevin highlights how synthetic voice is transforming video creation, “What we’re able to do now is that rather than have a person on screen, you’re able to use an AI avatar, and rather than have a voice in a microphone, you’re able to use synthetic voice.”

Traditional methods, often laborious and skill-intensive, are being replaced by more accessible, browser-based tools like Synthesia StudioMurf.ai, and Listnr. This advancement enables creators to produce polished content with minimal effort, democratizing multimedia production. Integrating AI avatars and synthetic voices has led to more expressive and diverse performances, catering to various use cases, from e-learning to corporate communication.

Expanding Market and Clientele

What about the broader adoption of synthetic voice across industries? According to Michael, “We’re noticing a lot more voiceover clients coming to us that wouldn’t have done voiceover, maybe it was too expensive for them for their project, maybe it took too long, and now they’re coming to say, OK, yeah, with synthetic voice, we can do it faster, and it fits our budget.”

This shift is particularly noticeable in e-learning and training videos, where synthetic voice meets the demand for rapid and budget-friendly content production.

“A lot more clients are seeing that value, especially in the e-learning and the training videos that are high playtime because we can get it done incredibly fast and a lot cheaper,” he adds.

Cultural Nuances and Ethical Considerations

A vital aspect of synthetic voice technology is its sensitivity to cultural nuances and ethical considerations. For instance, the need for consent in using someone’s likeness in AI models is crucial.

Kevin emphasizes Synthesia addresses this by obtaining explicit permission from actors whose likenesses are used for AI avatars, ensuring responsible use and content moderation. “You go into the studio, and the first thing you do, before you read a script or get filmed, is provide video consent where you state your name and that you understand that your likeness will be turned into an AI avatar.”

Feedback and Future Prospects

Feedback from users indicates a high level of satisfaction with the current state of synthetic voice:

Advancements and Enhancements

Integration with Other Technologies

As the technology progresses, we can expect even more natural-sounding voices with nuanced expressions. The potential for real-time video generation and interaction with AI avatars opens new horizons for personalized and dynamic content creation with future possibilities such as:

A New Era of Multimedia Content Creation

The advancements in synthetic voice technology mark the beginning of a new era in multimedia content creation. As we witness the convergence of AI and human creativity, the possibilities for engaging, diverse, and accessible content are boundless.

Welocalize remains at the forefront of this revolution, offering expert-led services to help brands harness the power of synthetic voice in reaching global audiences in over 250 languages. Contact us to explore how synthetic voice can transform your multimedia content.