Voice overs are a must-have for many professional videos, from documentaries to ads. We don't all have the budget (or the vocals) to do it alone, so our text to speech generator is here to help. Turn text to speech in seconds and hear your narrative come to life.

To get the most out of this feature, we recommend reading our step-by-step guide below or the video below, which gives you some tips and tricks for how to use it.

Creating text to speech

First start editing a new video or open an existing one, then:

1. Click Record and Create, then choose Create text to speech.

Click the Record and Create on the left sidebar. Then click Create text to speech button to get started.

2. Choose a voice from the list and generate a preview

There are 170 unique voices to choose from, with different accents, ages, and sounds. Uniquely, we offer 70 languages, find the full list here.

To sample a voice, simply select one from the voice dropdown, type some text, and click the preview button.

3. Adjust punctuation to get the perfect pronunciation

You can use punctuation to make small but impactful changes to your text to speech delivery. Here's how it works:

  • Full stops. These will add a moderate pause to your text to speech before the next sentence begins.

  • Commas. A comma will add a short pause to your text to speech before the sentence continues.

  • Ellipses. Adding an ellipsis (aka ...) to your text to speech will result in a prolonged pause. The longer you make it, the longer your text to speech will pause.

  • Question marks. Ending a sentence with a question mark will change its intonation. You'll notice a rise in pitch on the last syllable of the sentence.

What about exclamation marks or all caps?

At this point in time, exclamation marks or typing in all caps is unlikely to affect the delivery of your text to speech.

4. Once you're happy, click Add to media library

To add the voiceover to your project, click the save to media button.

Close the voice over window to return to the editor, and you'll see the audio file (like the one in the bottom right corner of this example) in my media.

PRO TIP: Save the text you use to create your voice overs in a separate text document outside of Clipchamp, e.g. a Word document. Why? Because once you've added a voice file to your project you won't be able to retrieve the text you used to create it or to change what it says. So if you want to adjust it later, you can paste the text from the external document into the generator (rather than having to type it out again), make the changes you want, and easily generate a new voice over file.

5. Add your text to speech files to the timeline and edit them

Once you add your voice over files to your project, they will load in the my media. Drag and drop them where you want them in the timeline.

In the timeline you can use the split tool to divide text to speech audio files into segments and move them around, e.g. to add or shorten pauses or remove unwanted words or sentences.

6. Export your video

Once you're done adding voice over narration and are ready to save your video, simply click the export button in the top right corner of the editor.

Try it out

Ready to get started? Head straight to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself:

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