Speechelo is a text to speech platform for video creators that claims to deliver natural, lifelike voiceovers with just a few mouse clicks. But does it work as promised? Today I’m putting Speechelo to the test to see if it really works.
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Today, we’re talking about speechelo, which is a text to voice-over generator that claims to use A.I. to make a really supernatural sounding voice. If you’ve been seeing a lot of my videos, you know that a lot of the software’s that I review do have a text-to-speech component in them and I’m never a big fan. As a professional video producer. I say there is no substitute for a live person, but a lot of you guys have been asking me about speech low, so we’re going to look at it today. I can tell you I bought speech low for 47 with my own money, I’m not on the pro plan.
With this. I just wanted to show you how it worked and give you my always always always honest thoughts about any platform I check out here. We are on the speech hello platform over here is where you insert or type in your text and over here are the different settings and the voiceover options. Now I can tell you when I bought speechelo, I bought the standard 47 version and it said that I would get 31 different voices, but once you get in here, you find out that those 31 voices, some of them, are in other languages, so for English, u.s Style, I only get four different voices here and the rest of them are under the pro plan, which is something they’re constantly trying to get you to upgrade to, and that is another 47 dollars on top of the 47 dollars we already spent.
So I’m just gonna stick with the standard version and show you what you get for that 47. So the first thing we want to do is add in our script into the script field. Here you can either type right in or you can copy and paste, and I happen to conveniently have a script here already written promoting my day, job plum productions, um. What speech load tells us is that you need to have a lot of punctuation included in your script, for the uh software to really understand the inflection that you’re looking for in your script.
So what I’m going to do is add in even more punctuation marks than what I would consider grammatically necessary to help the software with the inflection. So here on this second line, plum production serves all of South Florida from palm beach. I’m going to add a comma to broward, I’m going to add a comma to Miami-dade counties and everything else here looks you know these are very short sentences, so everything else here looks fine. You want to have your all capitals.
I’ve uh broken up each sentence, spaced them with extra lines. I’m really trying to make this very clear for speech low to understand what I’m looking for here now, There’s two different major settings that you can have with your voices. The first is standard with standard you’re going to be manually, adding pauses and adjusting um the script and emphasizing particular words you can see here when I’m set to standard. I have all of these options at the top of my script field.
However, if I switch to A.I. voice, which is actually the recommended method by speech low, I lose a lot of these options. I have different ones here, so we’re going to go over all that. The other thing you might notice is this here, where I have the A.I. tone options normal friendly or serious. If I click standard those go away, so, let’s first try previewing this script as I have it here in this script field, we’re going to start with billy joey who’s. The first male option in my English language setting here and what I’m going to do – is hit this preview voiceover.
When you preview the voiceover, you only get a sample of the first hundred characters. If you want to hear the whole thing you have to hit generate voiceover, it takes a little longer. Let’s listen to this preview. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves okay. So my first thoughts about that read are It’s very flat and very lifeless. I don’t think it really sounds natural or exciting. It’s definitely not the voice. I would want speaking on behalf of my company. that’s just my honest opinion, though I will say the pausing was very natural, so the pace of it I thought, was a little bit natural but like that, the tone not amazing.
Let’s change some of those A.I. settings to see if we can get like a better read from this voiceover. So I’m going to hit close this preview button, I’m going to hit friendly tone and let’s preview, that if you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves okay. I would say that was a little bit better, not amazing. Let’s try that serious tone. This probably wouldn’t be what I was looking for in a read. If I were actually directing a live person, I wouldn’t say serious for this one: let’s see how it sounds.
If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice: plum productions, plum productions, yeah that is not doing it. For me, let’s try a different voice. Let’s try Rosie here, I’m going to preview this voiceover. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves so that she was still on serious. Let’s go up to friendly, see how that sounds. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves.
I, like the friendly tone, I feel like the reed’s a little quicker, but It’s still not great. Let me try one more here. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves I’m not crazy about it. I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t think I just don’t think It’s as lifelike as speechelo promotes they’re very big. You know guaranteed natural sounding voice and while I do think that the inflection here or the pausing and pacing is natural, I definitely think those punctuation marks are really helping.
I don’t think that these voices aren’t natural and can compete with a real person. They just can’t again, I always say this: I don’t think the technology is there, yet It’s something getting somewhere, but It’s not where I would want it to be. So I’m not in love with this. Let’s play around a little bit more, let’s generate the entire script. Now and hear what all of these lines sound like, okay, my voiceover has been created, so what we want to do is head on down to this window, which is generated, voices, let’s play it and see how it sounds.
If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves all of South Florida from palm beach to broward to Miami-dade counties. We’ve created amazing video content for some of the nation’s biggest brands and we’re proud to say we have a five-star Google rating call plum productions to get started on your next project. Okay, so that is the finished result.
If we put in the entire script into the script field window and generate it all at once now in watching the tutorials on speech low, they actually recommended that you do it line by line, and I am curious to see if doing line by line makes any Sort of difference, so I’m going to close out of this playback window, I’m going to delete these last four lines. Let’s just start with this first four line here and what I’m going to do is just generate the voice over for this very first line and see if it sounds any different from the big one. Okay, here it is let’s hit play.
If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, all right that sounded just like the first one right. Let’s try: let’s listen to the big one again. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice: plum productions; okay, they sounded exactly the same to me. I don’t know that that made a big difference to try to do it line by line now that we’ve used the A.I. engine on speech load.
Let’s see what happens if we use the same script and use the standard engine where we’re going to be manually, giving the software a little more guidance on how we want this voiceover to sound. So I’m going to go back in and copy my entire script into the speech field and let’s change this to standard. So what we’re going to do is place our cursor at different points in the script and kind of hit these buttons as necessary. So, for instance, I would like to emphasize the word one in this first line.
I’m gonna highlight it and I’m gonna hit these orange emphasize words and it put in this like coding into the script. Here, that’s going to tell the software that I want to emphasize the word one now. I want to add a pause after this little colon here. So I’m going to cue up my cursor before plum productions. I’m gonna hit add pause and It’s set to like a two-second pause, which is very long. I’m gonna drag it down to about half a second, I’m gonna hit okay, and it has put in this code here that it wants a pause.
What else can we do, let’s it says, add, breathing, I wonder if that will add a breath to make it sound like a real human being actually in reality, if I got a narrator uh to send me a voiceover and it had a big breath in there. I would probably cut it out, but if we’re trying to fool people, maybe the breath will will like trick some people, so let’s add breathing there and, let’s emphasize the word biggest now.
What is this adjust speech? So we can adjust the volume, the speaking rate or the pitch, and I wonder if that works, for just like specific words. Let’s make the word amazing a little louder, interesting and they’re recommending that I add more punctuation marks. Where am I going to add more punctuation marks? I have to be honest, I don’t know where I would add more punctuation. So what I’m going to do is just generate the entire voice-over and let’s hit play and hear how it sounds. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves all of South Florida from palm beach to broward to Miami-dade counties.
We’ve created amazing video content for some of the nation’s biggest brands and we’re proud to say we have a five-star Google rating call plum productions to get started on your next project. I would say that sounded very unnatural. I noticed that between the word uh, the words production services and theirs here in my first line. Let me just highlight it for you: it sounded really clipped where that comma is like it sounded like her voiceover got cut off um.
I also noticed that anytime, I emphasized a word. It just sounded strange. It just sounded like it was saying it very slowly. So, like certain things got dragged out like five star, google rating is how it sounded to me. The only thing I would say that I thought was really good was the breathing adding a breath actually does make it sound way more natural, but let’s listen to that again. So so now listen to it with those things I pointed out to you. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice, plum productions, plum production serves all of South Florida from palm beach to broward to Miami-dade counties.
We’ve created amazing video content for some of the nation’s biggest brands and we’re proud to say we have a five-star google rating call plum productions to get started on your next project, not not amazing, not amazing, at all um. What I’m going to do now is try to do this line by line because, again, that is how speechless recommends it to you now, even though, on their home page or their website, it says, create a voiceover and three easy clicks.
Uh, that’s not really true. If you have to go in line by line so There’s definitely a little, it’s a little misleading there. But It’s not that big of a deal to do it line by line because it does generate really quickly. So I’m going to delete these last four lines and let’s generate this voiceover. If you need video production services, There’s only one real choice: plum productions – yeah, I’m just not into that. I don’t think it made a difference to do it line by line I’m going to delete this line and I’m going to copy and paste the second line.
I’m going to add those commas in that are not grammatically correct, but that will sort of help speech alone along the way. I’m going to add a breath here, I’m going to add a breath at the beginning, I’m going to emphasize the word all and let’s generate that voice over that was fast. Plum production serves all of South Florida from palm beach to broward to Miami-dade counties again. That word all where It’s supposed to be emphasizing just sounds so unnatural.
I wonder if we chose a different narrator, let’s choose billy joey, It’s kind of a mouthful to say: let’s generate that and hear how that sounds. Plum production serves all of South Florida from palm beach to broward to Miami-dade counties. Yeah, It’s not really much better, okay, so the last thing I do want to show you is once you’ve generated those voiceovers. You can just download them here from the generated voices window, but one thing that’s really great. You can do it if you did create your voiceovers line by line as speech.
Low recommended is that you can actually merge those individual voiceovers that you created into one long, continuous voiceover, which is really smart in my opinion. So what I’m going to do to show you that is I’m going to select these two voiceovers and once you’ve selected more than one you’re going to get this orange merge selected button and It’s going to ask you what order you want them in.
So they are in the correct order for me right now and I’m going to merge the files and I’m going to rename it uh plum productions and I’m going to merge them, and it has popped up here in my generated voices window. So the original voiceovers are still there, which is nice, but here is the merged file. Now, if we download it gives us an mp3 file, if you need video production services, There’s only one real choice: plum productions, plum production serves all of south Florida from palm beach.
To broward to Miami-dade counties, so what do I think of speechelo? Let me tell you what I do like about it. I liked that, actually, the pronunciation all the words was perfect. I thought I was throwing it a little bit of a curve ball with the words broward in Miami-dade because those are proper names but speechless read those perfectly. I liked that you can add breaths into the narration, because I definitely think that helps make it sound. A little bit more realistic – and I like how easy this platform is. I mean you literally just cut and paste your script and then you can use the A.I. engine to generate a voiceover.
It’s really quick, and then you end up with this mp3 file, which is super universal and will work with any software platform, editing platform. You know animation, creator platform that you are using so for that those things are great about speech low. What I don’t like about speech low is that I don’t think these voices sound natural at all. I don’t think you get enough voices for your money. I think It’s a little misleading when it says you’re gonna get 31 voices but like a lot of them, are in another language that I can’t use, and I really only had like four English-speaking American voices to choose from that was disappointing. You know with the pro you definitely get a lot more options, but is it enough?
I don’t know um what else I don’t like about speech low is that I just don’t think It’s a replacement for a real live narrator, a professional narrator or even just you recording your voice into the voice memo app on your iphone, which is something you can Do and generate voiceovers that way, so I can’t give speech low the jen jagger thumbs up. I’m sorry, I just don’t think the technology’s there. I don’t think It’s that much better than the speech generator.
That would come in any other platform you’re using already. So sorry, guys, I can’t say, speech low, is a huge winner um, but that is a very thorough look at what it does. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did give me a thumbs up subscribe, let me know: do you use speech load to use the pro version? Do you think It’s a lot better than what you saw here today? Let me know in the comments and you guys I will see you again next time.