Anyone can easily create an account at SlideTalk by using social media accounts like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft Live. But what about corporate accounts that need to be shared among several employees?
Now it is possible to create a SlideTalk account that can be easily shared among several persons within an organization without need to handle a social account.
Corporate accounts make it easy to share credits and to allow several colleagues and partners to cooperate on slidetalk creations.
Corporate logins are available to anyone who commits to purchase a 1000 credits package or more. For more information and to get started with corporate accounts, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a great news for all businesses that need to publish information as videos in an automated fashion: Slidetalk has now opened the door to its partnership program allowing creation of SlideTalk talking videos via a cloud API.
This is a call for all companies that are producing slideshows, posting picures with comments to illustrate an article as for instance a house, a dress, an holiday destination, a kitchen appliance, an app, a news portal... Now you can just as easily create a talking video to illustrate the same article, by becoming a SlideTalk partner and integrate the SlideTalk Cloud API into your core services.
We tested a service called Zaption that allows creating Tours from YouTube videos, meaning that the YouTube get indexed and text comments can be added to it.
Here is an example of how a video created with SlideTalk looks like once converted into a Tour:
You can judge the result for yourself, what do you think?
Since Zaption only works with videos published on YouTube, this will be available only for videos shared as PRO or DOWNLOAD (if then published on the user's YouTube channel).
It's time for some more technical information on our site. If you do not know what SSL and APIs are, that's perfectly OK, all you need to know is that we made improvements on slidetalk.net to provide better performance and strengthen security around your work, images and powerpoints.
To be more detailed, slidetalk.net is now using SSL on all account pages to guarantee full data protection and a secure connection.
We also switched to the more advanced and secure YouTube API v3 to provide improved performance and pave the way for more improved functionalities to come.
Videos, both on YouTube and on the SlideTalk gallery are using a ratio 16:9. Unfortunately the default slide size for PowerPoint is using a ratio of 4:3, which leaves 2 characteristics black areas at the side of the video. See for instance the examples below:
How to change the slide size in PowerPoint to get slides in 16:9 format?
Open PowerPoint, click on the Design tab, choose Slide Size and select the Widescreen (16:9) option. As in the picture below:
We recommend to adjust the size of the slide before starting to work on a PowerPoint presentation, otherwise after changing the slide size you may need to review the design of your slides.
A brand new tutorial for SlideTalk is now available, showing how to convert a PowerPoint presentation or any slide show into an engaging talking video, using an automatic voice over generated from your script using high-quality and multilingual text-to-speech.
To start creating your talking video get started with SlideTalk today. The BASIC publishing option will allow you to create talking videos for free.
The Text-to-speech always select the acoustic rendering of a word that is most likely to be correct, given a particular sentence. However we might in some case want to get an alternative rendering of a word, maybe to give more or less prominence to a word, or to correct some acoustic issue.
Now it is possible to get alternative rendering of word simply by typing @alt1, @alt2 or @alt3 before the word in question. Like this example:
What a @alt1 strange world.
In this case we are intructing the text-to-speech to use an alternative rendering for the word 'strange'
The effects of the alternative rendering are often subtle and are difficult to predict in advance, so you need to use a trial and error method.
Watch this tutorial video for an example of how to use alternative renderings of words:
SlideTalk offers 3 publishing option: BASIC is free and makes videos available on the SlideTalk website, PRO makes videos publicly available on YouTube (and therefore embeddable), and DOWNLOAD makes videos available only for private use, as the videos are not posted anywhere but made available for download as MP4 videos.
Now suppose you have used the BASIC or PRO option, but now you want to remove the video from public websites and republish it as DOWNLOAD, for your own private use, maybe on your intranet, behind a paywall or on your own YouTube or Vimeo channel. Can you do that? The anser is Yes!
Go to your home page and find the video that you published as BASIC or PRO, click "Manage" next to the video preview, and in the following page select "Delete Video".
The "Delete Video" command will remove the video from the public channel and make the SlideTalk editable again. At this point you just go to the corresponding edit page and now you can select to publish the video again as DOWNLOAD.
SlideTalk converts presentations to talking videos with automatic voiceover, using high quality text-to-speech voices in many languages. Several background music moods are available to bring more life to your video creations.
Starting from today, you can use the BASIC publishing option and produce talking videos for free, share them on social media and engage with your audience using the commentary fields on the video page.
SlideTalk offers also publishing options for publishing videos on YouTube and for creating downloadable videos, to allow you to control exactly how the video is shared and used.