MakeBeliever Productions, a new U.S. based multimedia company, is changing the way people exchange online greetings, using Acapela’s text-to-speech technology.
For the first time ever, Santa Claus can wish anyone on your Christmas list a very special and personalised Merry Christmas through a completely automated process. The greeting is delivered to the recipient by email and accessed via a link to streaming video (a free download is also available).
MakeBeliever offers the ability to have real human characters say what you want, directly to the recipient, with an unparalleled level of personalisation and realism. Anyone can create a highly customised virtual greeting by visiting the MakeBeliever website (www.makebeliever.com) and simply typing in the text they would like Santa to say. MakeBeliever's proprietary technology will put the words right into Santa's mouth, using Acapela’s speech synthesis. The content is limited only by the creator’s imagination.
To give a realistic voice tone to Santa Claus, Acapela has recorded specific words and intonations. Those recordings have been integrated into the text-to-speech engine to give a full, cheerful dimension to Santa’s voice.
The final vocalised text is a sophisticated mix of recorded prompts and text-to-speech technology, allowing for the seamless integration of the typed-in information with an optimal vocal result. Kids of all ages are simply amazed at how Santa is able to say so much about them personally and want to listen to the greetings again and again!
Acapela plans to continue to work with MakeBeliever to further build the current suite of offerings for other events and special occasions and to expand the commercial applications for this technology, including the use of other languages.
MakeBeliever’s V-Greetings represent an entirely new category of online greetings that fill a void in the Web 2.0 marketplace by offering the flexibility, realism and value that are missing in traditional animated e-greetings.
The emergence of such new applications is for Acapela, an opportunity to explore new territories such as animation technology and to demonstrate how text-to-speech is a powerful high quality voice enabler.
MakeBeliever co-founders David Wallace and Ted Taggart worked with Donovan Moxey, Ph.D., founder and CEO of IMS3D, to develop the MakeBeliever automated voice-to-animation video compositing engine™ used to produce each V-Greeting.
“With MakeBeliever, we’ve utilised our automated voice-to-animation lip-synch technology already featured in video games such as Activision's Spider Man 2 and Valve’s Half-Life 2 game engine, as well as text-to-speech and photo-realistic character creation engines, and added an unprecedented layer of automation to accurately composite 3D animation with digital video,” said Donovan Moxey. “Previously, compositing of video and 3D animation content has been largely a post-production activity, but now we have completely automated the process via a fully integrated web-based application. By automating the process, MakeBeliever has made it possible for anyone with Internet access and a computer to achieve great results.”
MakeBeliever offers V-Greetings for young and old alike, through an easy to use V-Greeting Wizard TM interface, for prices ranging from $3.99 to $9.99 per video.
For more information: http://www.makebeliever.com.
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