What do people use an AI voice over for?

Constantin Macri 24/03/2023 | 17:32

You may have noticed the rise in popularity of text to speech software. Although there is still a long way to go as far as development’s concerned, currently, there are a myriad of uses for the existing AI voice over software on the market.


This post will take you through some of the key uses of AI voices that you can utilise today!


Presentation voice overs

Not everyone likes the sound of their own voice; sometimes a task as easy-sounding as narrating a presentation is more nerve-wracking for some, more than for others.

Using an AI voice for a presentation voice over is a great way to contextually narrate the contents of your slides without having to speak yourself. This is especially useful for those who find it difficult speaking in front of a crowd.


Social media narration

Love it or hate it, automated voices on social media are here to stay. Might as well jump on the trend while it’s still young.

Save yourself time in having to edit in a narration in-app by doing it through separate text to voice software, then adding to the background of your social media content.

A time-saving tip but also a great way to blend in with other social media content trending and doing the same thing!


Voicemail greetings

Every growing company should have some type of voicemail greeting service set up. Nowadays, the common voicemail greeting and interactive response service is based on an automated voice, not a human one.

This means that you can utilise an AI voice over for your voicemail recording, too. Usually you’re taken through a series of questions and prompts to guide you through to the right department.

You can very much use an automated voice for this, if anything, it’s even more appropriate than a real voice.


Systems voice overs/screen readers

With the rise in technology comes the rise in systems and tools that speak back to their owner. Particularly in tech systems and screen reader software, you may commonly hear an AI voice being used to speak back to you.

Think: Alexa, Google assistant, Siri, or your computer’s text to speech software. Although many of them may sound realistic, these are already utilising AI voices.


Tutorial narration

Whether it’s a how-to video you’d find on YouTube to a video game narrated tutorial, you can also utilise AI voices to do the work here.

A tutorial voice over can benefit from a monotonal, straightforward speaking narration, there’s no need for the subtle nuances of human speech here. Granted, there will be some tutorials that could benefit from a more user-friendly human voice, such as a tutorial on how to tie your shoes (for children, for instance).

Depending on your niche, an AI voice could even do a better job, and they’re only becoming even more realistic by the day.


For elearning videos

Elearning videos can also benefit from an automated voice over, especially if you’re working with a tight budget. When it comes to elearning, many people pay no mind to the way the speech is being delivered, but are more focused on what is said.

Elearning videos don’t need an exciting voice over to be a success, just simply a voice to do the job. If you want a more personal touch, a human voice over is recommended to achieve that, but for more niche, plain jane topics, there’s no need to go out of your way.


Are AI voice overs taking over the industry?

AI voices are getting better, smarter and more realistic, but they’re still not quite there in comparison to the traditional human voice over. We still give it a couple years before AI voices are a true source of competition.

We are however, seeing AI voices for the first time becoming more and more prevalent in society, so they’re definitely here to stay. That being said, nothing beats a good old distinct voice over.

It may be that in the future only the best of the best human voices will still be required, but only time will tell.

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