A couple of months ago, I created a video to address student behavior and expectations at a school assembly, and I used Siri’s voice to remind students to be respectful audience members. Boy, did her voice grab their attention! It literally went from 1,000+ students chattering to dead silence. Siri drove it home, and the students were well-behaved from that point on. Thanks, Siri!
This Valentine’s Day, I decided to bring Siri back to make a Valentine’s Day e-card for my husband. The end product was a 25 second clip, but four hours of thought went into it.
Yes, it took me four hours! Why?
1) I had to think of the message I wanted Siri read.
2) I had to record her voice.
3) I had to choose/take pictures I wanted to include.
4) I had to align the text/visuals/audio and edit the video.
And that takes time! Here it is:
I’m not sure how it works on a PC, but here’s how I did it on a Mac. You can also visit our youtube channel to see a video tutorial.
1) Go to your System Preferences, and click on the Speech icon. On a Mac, the voice of Samantha sounds just like Siri. Click the the Text to Speech option, and use the drop menu to find/select Samantha.
2) Go to Applications, and 0pen up TextEdit. Type the message you want Siri (Samantha) to read.
3) Keep TextEdit open. Now go to Applications, and open up Automator.
Select everything in the following order:
1) Click on Text under the library drop menu.
2) Double click on Get Contents of TextEdit Document. It should appear on the right. Leave it alone.
3) Double click on Text to Audio File. It will also appear on the right.
4) Make sure Samantha is selected under System Voice. Name your file, and select where you want it to save it. I chose desktop.
5) Click Run.
And you’re done with Siri! The audio file should be saved to your desktop. Open up iMovie, and drag and drop the audio file into a new project. Start uploading the pictures you want to include.
iMovie is one of those programs that you just have to fiddle around with until you get it to function the way you want it to function. Just know that you can drag and drop most pictures and files (even audio files) directly where you want it, and you can add transitions, text, music, and other animations using the 5 tools on the bottom right of the screen. Have fun!