Good narration helps give presentations that extra oomph. It takes plain text and gives it life. It turns a dry presentation slide into an enjoyable one. But when it comes to narrating something, I know I’m not the narrator most people would be looking for. I speak too softly and laugh too much. I’ve had to record and re-record myself more times than I can count. This isn’t much fun, and it eats up a lot of your time. So, if you’re like me, there might be a solution for you.
Formerly named Video Puppet, Narakeet is an online service that helps people easily make narrated videos without all the headaches. Founded by Gojko Adzic, this time-saving software tool uses artificial intelligence to create life-like narration from speaker notes in a presentation. Currently, the tool supports PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote, and OpenOffice files.
To create your presentation, you simply upload your PowerPoint or other presentation file to Narakeet. Presentation settings can be customized by video size, volume, music, subtitles, voice, and language. Right now, the platform supports 20 languages, but more languages will be added in the future.
From your file, the tool will create life-like narration using the “latest neural text-to-speech systems.” It will synchronize pictures with sound and resize the images and video clips to fit the format you selected.
If you opted for subtitles, they will automatically be generated for you; say goodbye to hours of transcribing! And, at least for me, I won’t have to worry about people suffering through my terrible narration.
“Narakeet takes care of all the boring and time-consuming tasks of video editing, and lets authors focus on creating good content,” Gojko said.
According to their video, anyone can “edit videos as easily as editing text.” If you made a mistake or want to tweak anything, all you have to do is change the script. By clicking the “Improve” button, you can upload the updated file. Then, Narakeet will take care of the rest.
For some, an AI-generated voice might not be your cup of tea. As a developing software, it can still sound a little too parrot-like. Or maybe your beautiful and pleasant voice needs no alteration. If you fit either of those two, there is an alternative!
The tool lets you replace the narration with your own audio. Depending on your presentation, Narakeet “will automatically speed up or slow down video clips to make sure that each scene is perfectly aligned with your voice.”
Narakeetallows you to create videos without having to use traditional editing tools. For teachers, especially, this is a great tool to create virtual lessons. According to Narakeet, they “will create the video so you can publish and impress.”