The future of voiceover has been debated by practitioners in the field, and this is because of the rapid development of artificial intelligence.
The voiceover industry has expanded so much in recent years and it has become hot cake among people who are seeking new career opportunities.
Many people jumped on the train and learned one thing or the other about voiceover as a result of the pandemic, increasing the number of professionals in the voiceover industry. However, like every other profession, the future of voiceover has been threatened by the surge in the use of AI.
Here is a look at what the future of voiceover may look like.
Many professionals have feared for the future of their jobs since the invention of AI, although not without cause. At the moment though, the future of voiceover industry does not look as threatened by AI as some other professions, for example, the bookkeeping industry. But this doesn’t mean that the voiceover industry is safe.
Artificial intelligence has improved the perception of computer voices. They used to sound robotic or lifeless at best, now it may be difficult to decipher them from actual human voices because they now sound realistic and natural. The issue is that they are not only capable of copying human-like speech they can also produce full-length audio narrations that are almost perfect.
The question now is whether automated voice can completely replace voice actors.
One of the major factors to consider is the cost of producing voiceovers. A voice actor would charge between $50-100 for 100 words.
These rates vary depending on what you need a voiceover artist for, and sometimes there are additional costs for commercial or distribution rights.
Automated voiceover costs way less than that, at about $15 for roughly100k words, and there’s no need to pay for any rights. Automated voiceover is cheap, and it will get cheaper with so many companies pushing to improve the field, thereby reducing the amount of jobs available for voice actors.
Another factor to put into consideration is the audio quality. The ultimate aim of AI is to do things better than a human can, and this also applies for automated voiceover.
The field is improving, but it is not there yet. Automated voiceover can be very useful with converting text to speech—in the case of audio books or blog post narrations. It is however not suitable to be used for television and radio commercials, or in movies that demand high expressiveness.
The need for localized accents is one of the major reasons why AI is not ready, and maybe not be in coming years, to completely take over the voiceover industry.
Even if everyone frets, the African voice actor should not, because AI hasn’t really mastered his language. There has been numerous failed attempts in the movie industry to mimic African accents in some movies, including the big ones, and this is due to the fact that accents are almost impossible to copy unless you’re a local.
The conclusion is that, although automated voiceover may reduce cut the number of jobs available to voiceover artists, it can not completely replace voice actors, at least not in the nearest future.
Again, the future looks bright, and new opportunities arise everyday, so there is every reason to be positive.
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