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AvarTalk

AvarTalk is a production tool that enables you to create virtual reality talks.
You write a script and the text to speech avatar reads out the text.
Write a script for the avatar to speak.
With its’ built in avatar handling any dialogue.
The 3D avatar reads the text to speech in real time.
Lip movement is accurately rendered.
Once a script is written.Just click on the Play button and the avatar reads the script.
Installing AvarTalk for Windows XP/VISTA/7//8/10
Double click on the file setup.exe Follow the on-screen instructions.
The program will automatically install.
System requirements:
PC Running Windows XP/VISTA/7/8/10
AvarTalk requires DirectX 8.1 or higher. AvarTalk uses the Microsoft voices included with Windows.
Before you can use AvarTalk some settings need to be setup first.
Make sure you have sound coming out of your computer first.
Start the AvarTalk program.
In the script window type in a script.
In the Talk window click on the Play button.
Notice if the avatars lips move in sequence with the spoken words.
If the lips keep moving after the speech has finished you will need to adjust the rate setting, in the Audio window.
Open the Audio Settings window.
The next step involves ensuring the avatars lips move at the same time as the word is spoken.
Depending on the power of your PC you may have to adjust the rate slider to the left.
When you have done this, click on OK. If the lips keep moving after the speech has finished you will need to move the rate slider to the left.
After each small move click on Start button, until the lips move at the same time as the speech.
You may have to adjust this setting again when reading in long sentences. Note: Each PC that AvarTalk is installed on, will need to be setup in this way.
If after trying this you can’t hear any speech.
You will need to select a voice from the voice list box.
If you are running Windows VISTA, the choice is limited to Microsoft Anna voice.
With Windows XP you have a number of choices, we recommend you use the Microsoft Mary Voice.
The format option changes the voice quality, select the option SAFT 48kHz 16Bit Stereo
The audio setting changes which channel sound comes through, if you can’t hear any sound try changing to a different audio channel (if one is available).
If everything is working click on OK.
Your settings will be remembered so you don’t have to go through this setup again.
If you still have no sound try the Fault Finding section.
The main AvarTalk window opens with two visible windows.
Talk window
This contains the avatar and back scene. The avatar features facial movements that can be enabled or disabled. The buttons at the bottom control the playing off a script.
Lights
You may wish to illuminate the talk window.
Click on the lights button this switches on lights in the talk window..
Rotate Rotates the camera.
Reset Reset the camera.
Buttons on the side of the window control the view. You can zoom in and move through the talk window.
Zoom In Moves in towards the avatar.
Zoom Out Moves away from the avatar.
Move Up Moves the camera up.
Move Left Moves the camera to the left.
Move Right Moves the camera to the right.
Move Down Moves the camera down.

Script window.
Type into the Script window what you wish the avatar to say.
The Script font can be changed by clicking on the Font button.
The font and Script background colors may be changed by clicking on the Color button.

To test your script press the play button. The avatar will read out your script.
With text to speech the rate at which words are spoken is controlled by the speed of the computer that AvarTalk is running on.
This means a Talk made on one computer will operate differently on another.
The script may be read faster or slower.
Speech controls enable you to start stop and pause your talk. A counter shows the elapsed time of your talk.

Scene window
Different scenes can be setup for the avatar to work from. These include scenes with different backgrounds.

Changing the scene.
Open the Scene window.
Click on the one you wish to use.
Title
Give your Talk a name by using the Title window. In the Title box type in the name of your talk and description.
Avatar window
Mouth Closed

As each word is spoken the mouth remains open at the position of the last word. Checking the closed option closes the mouth at the end of each word.
Show Movements
The avatars head and face moves.
AvarTalk uses the default voice(s) that are included with Windows XP and VISTA/8/10. With XP you get a number of voice choices, for best results we recommend the Microsoft Mary voice. With VISTA the choice is just Microsoft Anna. Windows 10 use the Zira voice.
Third party voices: . Using one may fail to move the avatars lips.
Voice Select the voice you wish to use. (noting the above point)
Format The audio format you wish to hear speech in.
Audio The channel that sound will go through. Change this if you cannot hear any speech.
Rate This setting controls the speed at which words are spoken. It also controls how fast the avatar moves its lips. Moving the slider to the left slows down speech and lip movement. Moving the slider to the right increases speech and lip movement.
Depending on the power of the computer that has AvarTalk running on, it is possible to find the lips come out of sequence with what is being spoken. To overcome this move the slider to the left until the lips are synchronised with speech.
Volume Adjusts the sound level of speech.
Can’t hear any sound.
Check first that your speakers are plugged in and the volume is turned up.
Check that the computer is making a sound through them.
Make sure a voice is selected in the audio settings window.
Avatars Lips don't move.
Ensure a voice is selected some third party voices will not work with AvarTalk.
Lips move to fast.
The lips move in relation to the rate of the voice, Depending on the power of the computer that has AvarTalk running on, it is possible to find the lips come out of sequence with what is being spoken. To overcome this move the slider to the right until the lips are synchronised with speech.
Lips still moving after speech finishes.
Depending on the power of the computer that has AvarTalk running on, it is possible to find the lips come out of sequence with what is being spoken. To overcome this move the slider to the left until the lips are synchronised with speech.
Unable to initialize 3D device
DirectX is not installed or the display driver is not up to date or an old display driver is still present and causing a conflict.