How to use Text-to-Speech in Kapwing

How to use Text-to-Speech in Kapwing

You've seen viral videos on TikTok and Instagram with an automated voice that reads text, and you want to know how it's done. Now on Kapwing, you can automatically add a voiceover to a project with the Text-to-Speech feature! This tutorial will explain what this feature is and how to use it to allow for more stories to be created and shared.

What is Text-to-Speech?

Text-to-Speech allows users to generate audio from text boxes in their projects as well as letting them choose which default voice they want to use for the audio.  (eg. American male/female)

Where is Text-to-Speech in Kapwing?

Once you add text to the project and select the text, there are a couple ways to get to the Text-to-Speech feature.

1. On the right sidebar under Edit there is a "Text-to-Speech" button you can select that will lead to option 2  

2. On the right sidebar under Effect there will be the Text-to-Speech feature with the voice options                                              

How do you use Text-to-Speech?

1. Create a new project into Kapwing and upload a video or image. Alternatively add a video or image from the "Media" tab on the left.  

2. Add text to the project by selecting the "Text" tab on the left. Edit and customize the text's style, color, and font in this stage.

3. While the text is still selected, on the right under Edit sidebar, select the "Text-to-Speech" button.

4. Chose between the voice options for the speech. To change the voice, select an alternative voice. The text will then be connected to an audio file that will read the written text.

*Note - Once Text-to-Speech is applied the text's font and style is locked but it can be reverted back to a text layer if you select the text and select "Revert"

5. Continue editing your project by using the many other features Kapwing has to offer, such as Subtitles, Pinning, and Elements.

6. Once your project it to your liking you can export it by selecting the green button at the top right of the page.

Using Just the Audio from Text-to-Speech

Sometimes you might want to have an automated voice but not the text on the screen. Here's a quick tutorial on how to do this:

1. Create the audio you want by using the Test-to-Speech feature.

2. Detach the audio from the text by selecting the text with audio in the timeline. Right click and select "Detach Audio" in the pop up bar.

3. Delete the text above the newly separated audio by selecting the text and pressing the backspace button or by right clicking and selecting "Delete" in the pop up bar use it as you would any other type of audio.

* Some ideas for using just the audio: have an automated voice read the subtitles for a video, create a verbal description for the images or video in your project, make a viral video with the automated voice trend, delete everything but the audio and export an audio file.

Looking for more help?

Check our Release Notes for tutorials on how to use the latest Kapwing features!