How to Add Text-to-Speech to Any Video

If you're looking for a tool that lets you add text-to-speech to video without TikTok or installing a new software, look no further. In this article, I'll show you how to add text-to-speech to video and generate an automated voiceover online.

How to Add Text-to-Speech to Any Video

You’re creating a video with directions or narration, but don’t want to use your own voice. Google’s Text-to-Speech feature works, but you can't use it on a video without downloading an extension and taking the extra step to importing the audio file. You can add text-to-speech on TikTok, but if your video is too long, it's difficult to convert all your text in your video to speech accordingly.

Whether you want to make text-to-speech videos for privacy reasons, for mere humor, or to make your video accessible to those with hearing impairments, you can do so by using a text-to-speech generator for video.

Table of Contents

  1. Why people use text-to-speech in videos
  2. How to add text-to-speech to your videos

Why people use text-to-speech in videos

There are many reasons to use text-to-speech in videos. TikTok has an in-app editing feature you can use to add text-to-speech to your videos, making it easy to add while you're in the platform. Here are some examples of text-to-speech TikToks that users create to enhance their videos and reasons they chose to use an automated voiceover:

To preface a video with context

Here is a text-to-speech TikTok that is used to preface the content of the video. The creator, @laurenpaley, uses the automated voiceover to give the viewers context to why she's singing a song with a chilling melody in the staircase.


Reply to @emeel.3 The whole stairwell shook with each stomp 😅 #horror #hideandseek

♬ original sound - Lauren Paley
@laurenpaley uses text-to-speech on TikTok to preface her video.

To provide commentary

Another use of text-to-speech is for an automated voiceover on a gameplay video. @quickboyy on TikTok exemplifies this in a snippet of using a glitch to cross a bridge players can't naturally cross in the game Elden Ring.


Who needs imbued sword keys when you can just walk across? 🤔 #fyp #eldenring #eldenringhype #gaming

♬ original sound - Quick
@quickboyy demonstrates a certain glitch in Elden Ring using text-to-speech on TikTok.

To leave room for the viewers to actively watch the video

The internet is overflowing with people's personal stories, and naturally you'd want to share these stories with others. @askthereddit on TikTok consistently uses text-to-speech in videos to tell the stories of Reddit users. This allows the viewers to listen to the story while also exploring the depths of the Minecraft world the creator is flying through.


Man really thought of the best way to get salad #crazystory #impressive #redditstories #allyoucaneat

♬ original sound - Reddit Videos
Every @askthereddit TikTok video uses text-to-speech to read the stories of Reddit users.

Text-to-speech in a video can be used for all of these reasons, not just one or the other. Although these are only examples of text-to-speech TikTok videos, you can also add this auditory feature to your own videos without the in-app editor.

How to add text-to-speech to your videos

If you don't have TikTok, you can still get text-to-speech by finding a video editor that supports this feature. In this article, I’ll show you how to make text-to-speech videos if it's not working for you or if you just don't have a TikTok account.

  1. Upload your video.
  2. Add custom text.
  3. Select Text-to-Speech under the Edit tab.
  4. Export and download!

Step 1: Upload your video

If you want to add text-to-speech for YouTube videos, or you just want to add it to any video, you can use a video editor that has an automated voiceover feature built into it. For this example, I'll be using Kapwing's Text-to-Speech Maker, a free online video-editing tool you can use directly in your web browser.

Start by uploading your video to Kapwing directly from your device or by pasting a URL link to the video you want to add text-to-speech to.

Step 2: Add custom text

Once you've uploaded your video to Kapwing, add text to your video by opening the "Text" tab in the left navigation bar and selecting the type of text you want.

Click on the text box on your video and type in what you want your text-to-speech feature to say out loud. You can customize your text font, size, and color by navigating the right-hand navigation bar. There are countless effects and animation you can apply to your text too, like the drop shadow or blur.

Step 3: Select Text-to-Speech under the Edit tab

Select your text box and click the "Text-to-Speech" button in the right navigation bar. This button is located under the "Edit" or "Effects" tab.

After you've clicked the "Text-to-Speech" button, you can choose the type of voice you want to use like "Female American," or "Male American."

When you've added text-to-speech to your video, a voiceover will automatically generate on your timeline. If needed, you can edit the audio itself by adding a fade effect to it, adjusting its volume, or creating a visual waveform.

Step 4: Export and download

Make any more edits to your video by adding pinned layers, sound effects, or animated stickers. When you're satisfied with your video, click "Export Video" in the top right-hand corner of your editor.

Here, your video will be processed, ready for you to download or share across social platforms. You'll also have the choice of creating a video URL link to share to social media platforms other than Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok.

I hope this article helped you add text-to-speech to video easily. To learn more about Kapwing's new features and video-editing tools, follow @KapwingApp on Twitter or Instagram. You can also keep updated with other tutorials by visiting our Resources Library. For more in-depth announcements and step-by-step tutorials, check out our YouTube channel!

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