In the ever-evolving landscape of audio production, the spaces where voice-over magic happens—be it a state-of-the-art studio or a cozy corner in your home—each come with their unique flavors. The constant? Capturing the style and tone that perfectly echoes the client’s vision, whether delivered by a seasoned voice actor or an innovative AI-generated voice from WellSaid Labs.
Halloween at WellSaid Labs was nothing short of extraordinary this year, as we hosted a Halloween-themed video contest that brought out the creativity, innovation, and storytelling prowess of our talented community. With 46 outstanding entries, each bringing a unique Halloween flavor to the table, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and effort put forth by all participants.
So, first and foremost, a HUGE kudos to everyone who participated! 👻🎃
Remember when PlayStation showcased Project Leonardo at CES back in January? With its adaptive controller made for physically disabled individuals, it showcased an era of inclusivity in tech. But, despite hardware making many strides, in 2021 an analysis of over 30,000 websites found an average of 110 accessibility errors per page. So, we all still have a long road ahead.
After all, a staggering 16% of the population lives with disabilities. This, combined with the ADA’s legal imperatives, means that accessibility isn’t just an added feature—it’s an imperative one. Thankfully, your path to an accessible product might be smoother than you think.
Let’s dive into the 12 ways to ensure you’re on the right track!
Imagine a world where training videos were as fun as binge-watching your favorite Netflix series. A world where training doesn’t evoke groans but grins.
Sounds like a stretch? Well, let’s dive in.
You see, “personality” is an amalgamation of traits, interests, drives, values, self-concept, abilities, and emotional patterns that make us uniquely us. Whether it’s an employee training video or customer training, the key purpose is to educate viewers and enhance their knowledge, all the while keeping them engaged and entertained.
Step into the realm of wonders where voices come alive, shaping stories with wit, intelligence, and an enchanting touch. We call it TTS.
In this captivating world of TTS, a plethora of possibilities unfold, embracing many facets of our lives with boundless creativity. From learning and development to marketing, audiobook narration, character creation, and podcasts, lifelike synthetic voices are rewriting the rules of engagement.
It’s been said that a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a typhoon halfway across the world, a concept known as the Butterfly Effect. In our case, the butterfly is TTS technology. And it’s not so much causing typhoons as it is gently reshaping the landscape of our everyday lives.
We’ve seen the ripples as TTS has started to nudge against traditional barriers, opening up possibilities for greater accessibility and communication. But the current is picking up, and we’re witnessing the start of a monumental swell.
Training videos have come a long way since their OG 80s heyday, catapulted by the acceleration of high-quality content creation. Gone are the days of dreary monochrome tutorials. Now, we can create memorable L&D videos that don’t merely inform, but actually inspire. Plus, with AI sauntering into the scene, we can expect the creative flower bed of L&D video to fully bloom.
L&D professionals are folks who understand people, comprehend their learning styles, and can tune into their frequency. So, your video content needs to reflect this understanding and wow your employees right off the bat. After all, a spectacular onboarding experience guarantees that 69% of newbies stick with the company for at least three years. It’s like a first date. Why not put on the ole’ razzle-dazzle?
Let’s dive into the four pillars of a triumphant L&D video, or as we’ve cleverly coined them, LEEK: Loyalty, Engagement, Emboldening, and Knowledge.
Once a person has a background in teaching, they will see the need for engaging and effective educational material everywhere. That’s exactly how Chris Black, founder and Managing Director of Energy Industry Academy, got the idea to create higher quality and more accessible online training material for the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry.
As Director of Educational Programs for Snowflake, the Data Cloud company, Nick Goodman is responsible for an impressive library of customer empowerment resources. With multiple educational products to produce and maintain, Nick realized that he needed a better solution for consistent, convenient, and high-quality video voiceovers.
The right voiceover can make a learning module come alive. More than a mere narration, it infuses the content with character and makes it easy to consume. In eLearning, voiceover is essential to make the material relatable and dramatically increases comprehension and retention. But just because you have a computer, the necessary software, a microphone, and a willing colleague doesn’t mean that you have all the pieces required to create good voiceovers. You also need to understand the modalities of voiceovers before you hit the record button.
To begin with, it’s good to realize that voiceover is a separate domain that requires a lot more than ‘having a good voice.’ Subject matter expertise also doesn’t guarantee a good result. The right voiceover is the result of an interplay of experience, a well-crafted script, and engaging delivery, among several other factors. Here’s a 6-point checklist for producing the perfect voiceover.