Opinion: Text to Speech instead of Human Narration?
I've been playing with text to speech technology for a while, hoping that one day we can cut out a significant development expense.
Now that SL360 has T2S it as a built in option, it's back on my radar.
So far the feedback from people in my group about using "robot" narrators is mixed.
On one hand, we can increase output and narrators provide key engagement at certain points in eLearning coursework (sometimes our budget constraints would not allow us to pay for voice talent at all.)
On the other hand, these voices are far from perfect and still can't exhibit much of the inflection and warmness created by a human voice.
What is your opinion on using text to speech voices as primary narrators?