Using Text-to-Speech with Screen Recordings

Mar 26, 2021

I've been recording short tasks with Storyline and then using text-to-speech for the audio. Text-to-speech speaks much faster that the recording allows me to record a step, have the system I'm recording change windows, and type in data. I use the audio editor to insert space between specific actions to give the illusion the audio and video was recorded in real time. If I need to upade or make a change to my text-to-speech, and click Update, the system deletes all of my "Silence" spaces. This requires me to start over again from the start multiple times. Is there something I can do to prevent from this from happening?

4 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Jeff, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes. 😊

Thanks for reaching out and sharing what you are working on and the challenge you are experiencing.

I cannot replicate what I understand to be happening, so I fear I may not be understanding.

Would you be able to record a quick Peek 360 video to demonstrate your process? I'd be happy to take another look.

Hoke Huss

What a coincidence, but I'm in the same place... I'm trying to demonstrate software steps through video but also want to use Text to Speech. Currently my first video is almost 83 seconds while the companion Text to Speech runs less than 57 seconds. I can add Silence to stretch the audio, but it is difficult to determine where to place those as the marker connecting the two progress bars does not actually move during preview and it is slow to Preview Slide every time I add a Silence clip.


Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Hoke.

Thank you for sharing the screenshot!

I'm not sure if this will work for your scenario, but what I would suggest when trying to sync text-to-speech audio with a video would be to split the audio into chunks instead of adding silence.

This would make it easier to move the separate pieces within the timeline while matching them to the specific video instructions they relate to.  

Let me know if this works!