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Instagram Reels now has Text-to-Speech and Voice Effects, similar to TikTok

Text-to-speech and voice effects were added to Instagram Reels yesterday. These features are already popular on TikTok, but producers can now use them on Instagram as well. This is just another attempt by Instagram to stay up with TikTok in terms of short-form video, as Instagram rewards creators with large reel bonuses.

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Reels, Instagram’s TikTok competitor, now offers text-to-speech and voice effects, something TikTok has had for a while. The use of artificial voice-overs as video narration became so common on TikTok that voice actress Bev Standing sued the firm in May, claiming that it didn’t have her consent to use her voice. TikTok and Standing established an arrangement in September that includes a licencing agreement.

Reels now has Text-to-Speech and Voice Effects, similar to TikTok

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Text-to-speech is a widely used accessibility feature that allows blind people and those with low vision to hear spoken versions of written text. It’s popular among TikTok creators, but it’s also a widely used accessibility feature that allows blind people and those with low vision to hear spoken versions of written text.

Material-to-speech is an essential accessibility function that aids people who are blind or have impaired vision in understanding written text. However, videos featuring these synthetic voices were so popular on TikTok that the voice actor behind the feature sued the company for using her recordings without her consent. TikTok changed the voice behind the function after she filed her case.

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Text-to-speech voiceovers are frequently used by creators not for their accessibility benefits, but because having a monotonous, synthetic voice narrate their content can be amusing. The text-to-speech feature may be found in the Reels camera’s text tool. When you’ve finished recording or uploading a video, go to preview to add text. After you’ve added the content, a text bubble will appear at the bottom of the screen, allowing users to schedule when the text will show. You can now access a menu for each text bubble by tapping a three-dot icon, which will give you the opportunity to add a text to speech voiceover. There are two voice options available.

To use text-to-speech in Reels, go to the Reels camera in the Instagram app, record or upload a video, and use the text tool to add text to the video. To get to the three-dot menu, tap the text bubble, then pick “text-to-speech,” then choose the voice option you want. Then, as usual, publish the Reel.

After recording a Reel, tap the music note to activate the audio mixer, then tap “effects” to select the voice effect you desire. “Helium,” “giant,” and “robot” are some of the possibilities.

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Voice effects, on the other hand, allow you to be even more inventive with your reels. These options allow you to change the audio or voiceover in your post. To view these effects, access the audio mixer by tapping the music note after you’ve finished recording your reel. You’ll then see an effects menu where you can change the audio in your reel or voiceover.

Reels was developed in 2020 as a direct competition to TikTok, which has become extremely popular. In July, Instagram established a bonus programme for artists as part of parent company Facebook’s (now Meta) goal to pay $1 billion to creators by 2022, and has paid up to $35,000 in bonuses to producers with large followings to make Reels.

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Meanwhile, TikTok’s text-to-speech feature has grown to include specialist character voices; on Friday, it added text-to-speech voices for Disney characters such as Stitch, Chewbacca, Rocket Raccoon, and others.

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