Thursday, December 27, 2012

The 6 most popular slidetalk videos of 2012

Here at SlideTalk, 2012 will be remembered as the year when it all started, when the first public beta of the product was published in September. Traffic and registered users are increasing rapidly and we look at 2013 with optimism.
Here is the list of the 6 slidetalks that got more attention during 2012:

#1: Introduction to SlideTalk


#2: Learn This! 10 tips for creating presentations for online publishing


#3: Life and discoveries of Galileo Galilei


#4: Kindle Paperwhite: Screen features


#5: Slidetalk: introducing 13 of our english voices, for your talking presentation


#6: HRM Queen Elizabeth II: from birth to Coronation

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tweets and Retweets: 2012 recap

It's the time of the year when we look back at what happened in 2012. Watch here a SlideTalk video about the most retweeted tweets alongside some other remarkable twitter events. Enjoy it!



Happy tweeting to you all!

Got something to teach? But too shy to tell about it?

The web is a wonderful place to put your ideas to work, to saw the seeds of knowledge into a potential audience that is counted in zillions. There are many wonderful channels to publish your teaching and reach your audience, like YouTube, Kahn Academy and many others.

But what if the idea of a microphone, of recording your voice, is scaring you? What if you want to use english or another language which is not your main language, and you feel unsure or you are afraid that your language would stand in the way of your ideas?

This is where the Slidetalk web service at www.slidetalk.net can help. With SlideTalk you do not need to record a comment to your presentation, you only need to type a comment. A voiceover will be automatically created from your typed comments, and added to the images into a video automatically published on YouTube. Like this one, or this one, or this.

The SlideTalk web service is still in open beta, so you still have the possibility to use it completely free of charge without any limitation..

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Who is using SlideTalk, and why

Watch this slidetalk to learn about slidetalk, who is using it, and why.



Marketers sharing business presentations, developers making tutorials, human resource managers creating elearning material, project managers documenting events and sharing information, instructional designers creating engaging presentations... what kind of slidetalker are you?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Show, Describe, Share" in 126 seconds

Here is a new slidetalk video presenting the "show, describe, share" concept. Enjoy it!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Get to know our English voices

In this slidetalk video you'll get acquainted with 13 of our English voices.
Remember that slidetalk.net has many more voices to offer, more exactly currently we have more than 70 voices in more than 20 languages, available on our website.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The benefits of using TTS for publishing presentations

A debate pops-up from time to time in different forums, about human voiceovers and TTS (text-to-speech). The most debated question is a variation of "what is best, TTS or human voiceover?". I think that this is the wrong question, a question that leads nowhere.

There is a more interesting question which is "what suits best the particular project at hand?"

Let's consider having a presentation to be published online, together with explanations and comments.

The benefits of human voiceovers are quite clear. A good voiceover sounds better and has more expressivity.

The benefits of text-to-speech are maybe less self-evident. I list them here, and I'll look into each of them in more details in separate posts:
  • updating the TTS voiceover for a presentation, is as easy as editing text
  • easier to create multilingual versions
  • TTS is always available, 24/7, and it works quickly.
  • easier to use different voices and characters
You can try out publishing a presentation using TTS on slidetalk.net, which is currently in beta test and completely free of charge.

Diffusion of innovations

A new slidetalk about "diffusion of innovations". In this video we also welcome the new voice Will.



Happy Learning!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Show, Describe, Share: talking presentations in three easy steps

It is difficult to replace you, when it comes to deliver your presentations. However there are times when your presentation must do without your presence, for instance if you want to share your presentation online.

The alternatives are many. There are well known places where you can publish your presentation as a silent collection of pictures without comment. Or you may take up a microphone and tell your story with your own voice while capturing your presentation as a video.

A third alternatives is using text-to-speech to deliver your presentation, and make it into a video. Text-to-speech has made huge progresses in the last years, now offering several high quality voices with different characters. However the obvious disadvantage of using text-to-speech is that it is not you speaking and that text-to-speech might ruin your opening joke. On the other hand typing a description is so much easier and much faster than speaking into a microphone. Not to mention that if few days after publishing your presentation you decide to do a slight change to the wording, all you need to do is to quickly edit a text, as opposed as to redo the whole recording.

The show, describe and share principle mentioned in the title of this article consist then in using your images to show your message, using your descriptions to deliver your narration (via text-to-speech), and using the resulting video to share your presentation with your audience.

To publish a presentation with text-to-speech by following the show, describe and share principle, you can go to slidetalk.net, a service launched recently and still available as open and free beta, and follow the three steps below:

1) Show: Upload your pictures to slidetalk.net. If your presentation was made with powerpoint, you can use "save as PNG" (or JPG)  to save the presentation as a collection of images, then import the images to slidetalk.net.

2) Describe: type a text comment for each picture, as you would do when in front of your audience.

3) Share: Texts are converted to audio, and picture and audio are combined together in a YouTube video, ready to be shared with your audience or published on your website.

For more step-by-step information on how to create a video with slidetalk.net please watch this tutorial.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Discover the 6 American English voices of Slidetalk

SlideTalk offers lots of languages and lots of voices. All voices and all languages can be tested on the demo page of the Acapela Group website, but we provide here a SlideTalk video introducing the 6 American English voices that are currently available. Get to know them better:


Monday, October 8, 2012

Creating SlideTalk videos from Powerpoint Part 2. Pictures, pictures

When creating a SlideTalk video, you need two things: pictures and text. The slidetalk motto is simple and clear: Upload pictures, Type text, Share video.

Now, if you have your slides in your powerpoint presentation, what is the easiest way to make them ready to be uploaded into SlideTalk? The answer is in this brief tutorial:



Once your graphic files are ready, to learn how to upload them into slidetalk and how to get a talking SlideTalk video out of it, please have a look at our tutorial on how to use the beta version of the SlideTalk website.

Creating SlideTalk videos from Powerpoint Part 1. When size matters.

SlideTalk videos are quite a natural way to publish Powerpoint presentation. Which is not surprising since SlideTalk allows you to publish your powerpoint and embed your own explanation into the presentation, providing that little bit of magic that allows you to add your vocal comments to the slides, without ever touching a microphone or without the need of hiring a voiceover professional.

So here on the Slidetalker blog we will provide some tips on how to optimize the process of creating SlideTalk videos from Powerpoint presentations. Let's start with the basic, that is how to make your Powerpoint presentations fit exactly into the YouTube screen, to avoid getting a black frame around your slides.



To learn more about how to use the SlideTalk beta, please check our tutorial on how to create a SlideTalk video.

Friday, September 21, 2012

SlideTalk turns presentations into engaging talking videos

SlideTalk provides the shortest path to publishing your business presentation, eLearning material and tutorials as engaging talking videos, with no need for expensive and time-consuming voice recordings.




You know how to deliver a presentation and how to tell a story. You have the slides and you know what to say about them. But how can you share your story and connect to your audience, without getting stuck with time-consuming and expensive voice recordings and video productions?

Slidetalk helps you by taking care of all narration and publishing details, letting you focus on the creative part of building presentations. Slidetalk turns your presentations into talking videos by combining your slides with audio comments generated from your own text, by using high quality text-to-speech from Acapela Group. The result is a video published on YouTube or on your corporate website, ready to be shared.
Creating, publishing and sharing engaging video with SlideTalk is a simple three-step process:

  1. Upload pictures: upload and arrange your slides to build your story.
  2. Type text: type a description text for each slide. Your text is instantaneously converted to speech by high quality synthetic speech from Acapela Group, with more than 30 languages and 60 voices available.
  3. Share video: slides and the speech are automatically turned into a video that is immediately published on YouTube or on your corporate channel, ready to be shared to let you connect with your audience.
Visit us today at slidetalk.net.

Beta version now online

SlideTalk is currently open as beta version, where we welcome all users to use the service completely free of charge. We are grateful for any bug report, comment or suggestion you might provide to us. We are working to improve the service and your feedback is essential.

You are not required to apply for an invite nor to fill any form to use the beta version of slidetalk, all you need to log in and start using slidetalk.net is an account at one of the major social services (facebook, google, windows live, yahoo). Rest assured, we will never post on your behalf nor gather and use your account details for any purpose beside some sporadic information about activities and changes of slidetalk.net.

All produced video will be made available on the slidetalknet YouTube channel. Please note that all slidetalk videos created during the beta phase will still be available completely free of charge, even after the beta period is finished.

Please watch our tutorial on how to use the beta version of slidetalk.net.

Please check the slidetalker blog for information, tips and news on how to get the most out of SlideTalk.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to create slidetalk videos: a tutorial

In this slidetalk video you will learn how to create tutorials with the beta version of the website, currently available for testing.



Start creating your first slidetalk immediately by taking advantage of our open beta program:
www.slidetalk.net

Saturday, September 15, 2012

SlideTalk app now available for Windows Phone 7

The first SlideTalk app for Windows Phone 7 has just been released, allowing to view the last 10 SlideTalk published on the SlideTalk YouTube channel.
More information can be found here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Play with the SlideTalk voices

For text-to-speech, SlideTalk uses the high quality voices developed by Acapela Group.
If you want to hear and play with all the voices available in SlideTalk, take a look at Acapela Group's interactive demo, where you can test the voices with your own text.

http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html