Artificial intelligence is soaring. You can't clear your inbox fast
enough of all the AI apps hitting the market. I'm addicted to it. So
when Paul Ponna and Sid Diwar came out with HumanPal, I had to create an
AI talking avatar with HumanPal!
If you hate being on camera, you're not alone. Hair, makeup, and all that. Then you have to rearrange your office background to "look nice," and doing retakes because you forgot to turn your mic on. Been there. Done that.
When you can "get away with" not showing your face on camera, do you hate the way you sound? I find it hard sometimes to speak clearly with my Northern England accent!
I solved both issues by using HumanPal.
When used with HumanTalk (and the free bundled TextWriter that's included with HumanTalk also from Paul Ponna and Sid Diwar), all these apps combined helped me create an AI Talking Avatar with HumanPal's video creator and builder.
OK. What's so neat about that? Your avatar will speak about anything you instruct it to. What I mean by instruct is I mean "type." Text-to-speech is all being spoken by your avatar!
And get this, they can sing too! It's not just "a talking head."
Your HumanPal avatar can be used in fancy templates, taking the hard work out of making video shorts. Take a look at my example HumanPal on my "All in the Prompt" free eBook page on ePubTechReviews here.
That was my first attempt. We all get better with practice! But hey, isn't it cool?
The HumanPal video maker comes complete with avatar templates. And speaking of avatars, there are tons to choose from! But first, I'd like to explain what HumanPal and HumanTalk are. They are two separate apps. (NOTE: you don't "need" TextWriter to make HumanPal work; I use it to speed stuff up for me!)
HumanPal creates your talking avatar from the scripts you provide.
HumanTalk creates amazing neural voices - yes with emotions (and is bundled with TextWriter that helps you create Advanced Prompts!)
After you've chosen your template, HumanPal takes you through all 8 steps, in order, so you can't mess up.
Those are all available in the Landscape aspect ratio.
All of these colorful (black, red, and green text) Typographic templates can have the text aligned left, right, or centered.
For Vertical Templates for mobile, you have
They are aptly titled to reflect their template.
I chose "Kinetic Typography" Landscape, then hit "next" top right.
These options are available:
I chose the "circle" option. And the next step is when you select your avatar!
Currently, there are sixteen rows - four across, plus one - for a total of (hang on, getting the calculator out). Seventeen male and female avatars making a total of SIXTY FIVE avatars.
NOTE: they are in different clothing styles.
Just enough dress modes to suit any situation, right?
I chose Omar, casual. When you choose your avatar, you can 'preview' first.
Note there is no sound when he talks in the preview - that's because we have yet to pick and create 'his voice'!
OK, hit the "Next" button, at the top, on the right.
This is the "Text To Speech" area and where you can import an MP3 of a voice recording you made in HumanTalk. If you're wondering what happens when you upload an MP3, the audio is transcribed (and you can edit when and where necessary) so this gives HumanPal the text necessary to generate the text boxes.
For now, I'm going to choose "Text to Speech," US English, and seeing as my avatar is male, the voice options are Joey, Justin, Kevin, Matthew, Cameron, Jordan, Lucus, Noah, Ethan, Jack, Jackson, Jacob, Logan, Mark, Oscar, Owen, and Thomas.
You can play a clip of each voice. I chose "Noah." You can also adjust the "Speaker Volume," "Speed," and "Pitch."
Before you do that though, you need to either type in your script or copy/paste in a script. I'm going to head on over to TextWriter (the companion app to HumanTalk) to use the "Content from Prompt" feature and create an "Advanced Prompt." It needs to be less than 60 seconds long. BRB.
Image 1: I spoke my prompt request and TextWriter created a "meatier" advanced prompt
Image 2: Content created
Image 3: Summarizing the content to be 45 seconds (shown in image 4)
Image 4: The summarized content is saved as a .txt file
In the image above, I copied the text from the .txt file.
BTW, I did some manual text editing to suit me. I then hit the "Next" button and we are able to see our "scenes" (above) and where the breaks will be.
You can easily fix the breaks at this step, but make sure to not go over the character limit per scene.
We are now at Step 6, where we choose our colors for:
I'd like to add here that I'd "never" been able to figure out how to save a color in the picker boxes.
I accidentally discovered how to do that: just drag the color (in the big box - that's to the LEFT of the dropper) over to one of the smaller boxes on the right. Voilà - it's now saved for future use. You can use the default colors or add your hex color value.
Right, let's keep going! I skipped the logo for now.
This is where we can edit our video, scene by scene.
On the left, you can see the current scene that is selected (see the row of scenes in the bottom of the image). The active scene has a nice gold frame.
Go from scene to scene and make changes, but before you do that, I want to address the area at the top, right (in the image below, that is).
This is where you upload a background you like, or clear it away, OR apply what you want TO ALL SCENES.
I'm going to go select some background media. BRB.
When you click the "Upload" button, a window appears and in it, you'll see all the files you've uploaded. However, over to the LEFT in this window, you'll see "Find photos" from Pixabay, Pexels, and Premium. I'm gonna rummage around in Pixabay.
Take note in the image that you can have/use a static image OR a video!!!
Let's go with a video! (You knew I would!)
I typed in "office" and I "just had to" go with 'robot,human,office' LOL. For scene 2, I searched for "talking people." And so on and so forth.
By the way, you need to pay attention to what is being said in your scene; choose your video (or image) that fits the scene! Please note, that you can move your avatar to the left, right, or none - if you wish to leave him/her out of the scene.
Now it's time to hit the "Next" button for Step 8!
Name your project. Choose the output resolution (always go the highest!) 1080p.
Check the "I have read and agree to the terms of service" box after you've read the terms to learn more (wink - wink).
Hit the "Create Video" button!
Go get something to eat, take a break, or leave it to render overnight. Rendering is where I lack patience the most. It's the worst part of any video-making session, as you probably already know...
Here is the video you just helped me make:
I didn't choose wisely regarding the text color... I think that NOT having a background image or video while using the "Kinetic Typography" colorful text option would be "just fine." Hindsight.
This time, I made the text white and removed the "question mark" backgrounds from two scenes. Maybe I should have chosen a TEXT BOX with a solid background? Just sayin'. Also, some text is missing "your content" (my bad). I didn't carefully check scene #7.
Bear in mind, this is just ONE aspect of several within HumanPal. As I learn more, I'll post more! Opt-in below so I can keep you updated when new reviews/posts are live.
If you love what you see and want to take advantage of the one-time lifetime HumanPal payment, you may do that here.
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The same thing applies to HumanTalk (with the awesome TextWriter with the Advanced "meatier" Prompt: lifetime access with one payment here.
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