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What is the narration content element used for?

Narration allows you to create fully narrated slideshows using text, images, AI voices or your own recorded audio.
Written by David King
Updated 4 months ago

Narration is a very special content element, unique to Tribal Habits. Put simply, Narration allows you to create a narrated, slideshow video using just text in just a few minutes. It allows you to create simple explainer videos, to turn text into something more interesting or to prototype videos you plan on recording in the future.

  • Note that use of the Narration element requires a Creator subscription.

Once you add a narration element to your point, you can edit your content. Remember, a narration is a 'narrated slideshow'. So you are essentially creating two things - slides and voiceover.

Your slides

You can create up to 10 slides. Each slide can consist of either text or an image. 

  • Text. Text-based slides can have up to four lines of text. You can select words to format as italic or underline, as well as create lists and change the text alignment. The platform will style each of your slides in the narration using your organisation's colours. Try to keep your slides simple - just a few words or 1-2 sentences highlighting key points on that slide. 
  • Images. You can alternatively upload or import an image for your slide. Images for Narration should be in a ratio of 900 px by 475 px. Other ratios will be stretched to fit. 

TIP! If you import an image or upload an image of a different size, click on the option to 'Open image editor', then select the Crop tab. Under the Aspect Ratio button, there is a custom ratio called 'Narration' which will perfectly crop your image to suit the Narration slide. You can learn more about the image editor here.

You can use any combination of image and text slides through-out the narration. You can also add slides after your current slide, delete the current slide or move the current slide left or right in the slide order.

Your voiceover

You can then type your script to be narrated over each slide as a voiceover. There are three options for your voiceover.

Option 1 - Automatic. If you select Automatic, you can select a character will read your script for you. That's right - you just type the script and our text-to-voice process takes over. There are several characters to choose from for your voiceover.

  • Joanna. This is a Generation 3 (very realistic) voice. Joanna is a female voice with a slight American accent who speaks at a moderate pace.
  • Matthew. This is a Generation 3 (very realistic) voice. Matthew is a male voice with an American accent who speaks at a faster pace. 
  • Amy. This is a Generation 3 (very realistic) voice. Amy is a female voice with a British accent who speaks at a moderate pace. 
  • Brian. This is a Generation 2 (realistic) voice. Brian is a male voice with a British accent who speaks at a slower pace. 
  • Olivia. This is a Generation 2 (realistic) voice. Olivia is a female voice with an Australian accent who speaks at a moderate pace.

Option 2 - Record. If you select Record, you can use a microphone on your computer to directly record your own voice for each slide. Upon selecting Record, you will see 'Record' and 'Stop' button. Just press 'Record' and start speaking - pressing 'Stop' when finished. You can then replay your recording to check the quality.

Remember that you need to record each slide separately.

NB: Record uses the latest in-browser technology to record and encode your voiceover, without requiring any software downloads. As a result:

  • Record only works with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer 11 will never support this technology and Apply Safari is still implementing support. This means that you can only record your voice in those three browsers. Playback, however, is supported in all browsers.
  • Record uses your computer CPU to encode. If you notice stutters or skipping in your recording then your computer is struggling to maintain a constant encoding process. This may be because your computer is under heavy load (too many tasks running in the background) or your computer is not fast enough. Try closing programs or using a more powerful computer.

You can learn more about the Record function in this dedicated article.

Option 3 - Upload. If you select Upload, you can upload an audio file for that slide - usually of you or someone else reading the script. 

Tips for voiceovers

  • You can mix and match your audio choices, for example, using Joanna to present content slides and your own voices to provide roleplays. Or you can use your own voice for the entire slide deck. 
  • Test your Automatic voiceovers. Sometimes the automatic voiceover doesn't quite pronounce things as you expect or might stumble over a piece of jargon or an acronym. You may need to substitute a word or two, or 'spell' a word differently to improve the pronunciation. 

Finishing touches

Once you are happy with your slides and script, just add a title for your narration and save it. Then pop into preview mode to test it out. 

You will see that we brand your narration in your organisation's colours and logo, play your slides like a video, add fade effects between slide, and randomise the colours of each slide to suit your organisation. There is also a pause and play button and progress bar - just like a real video!

You can change any word of your script or slide, and any Text slide or Automatic narration will be instantly updated (might require a reload of your browser page to fetch the changes).

Tips for a great narration

  • Keep your scripts to one paragraph. That's about 20-30 seconds of narration, which is enough for each slide. If you have more than one paragraph of script, split that over two slides and change the text on the slides.
  • Use the image editor for perfect slides. As noted above, the Image Editor has a Narration aspect ratio built-in. It can perfectly crop your images to suit the size of the Narration slides.
  • Use commas for Automatic narration. Our characters sometimes aren't sure when to 'take a breath' in your scripts. Often, just by adding a comma, you can help the character to present your script in a much more natural manner. So write your script, add in a few commas and then test it out. 
  • Keep slides simple. Just a few words or 1-2 sentences per slide. Make sure the text on the slide aligns with the script. Don't have too many words on the slide to read, as its hard to both read and listen at the same time!
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