Narakeet is finally launching!
10 October 2020 – After two years of development, Narakeet (formerly Video Puppet) is finally generally available and open for business. This weekend, we’re closing the beta test and letting users increase capacity with paid plans.
Roughly 50 thousand people participated in the public beta test since April 2020, building more than 120 thousand videos. We’re incredibly thankful for this level community support. Your feedback was very valuable, allowing us to identify important features and focus on building things that are truly useful. As a small “thank you” note, all the participants of the beta test should have received by email a discount coupon for future purchases. (If it’s not in your inbox, contact us to send you another one).
What is Narakeet?
Narakeet is an online service that helps people make narrated videos easily. It was created for a global audience and supports 20 languages and counting. In brief, it uses artificial intelligence to create life-like narration from speaker notes in a presentation, or from markdown scripts. Users can edit video as simply as they would edit text, saving hours by not having to record and re-record audio, synchronise picture with sound and transcribe subtitles.
Play the video below for a quick introduction (or watch it on YouTube). Of course, that video was made with Narakeet!
Here is what our beta test participants thought about Narakeet:
- “C’est magique!” wrote Laurence Haquet reviewing the beta version for Anglais-Académie de Normandie.
- “Rather than having to do that recording and editing, I loaded it and got the final video in under three minutes. Just recording and editing the audio would have taken me at least three hours.” – Dr. Ronny Richardson from Kennesaw State University.
- “It’s truly an amazing product. I love how I can refine the visuals, add more, and just write text, and then I get a complete demo video. Much easier than the way I was doing it before.” – David Miranda
- “The most interesting thing for me with this is nothing to do with the technology. It’s the way the feedback loop of hearing what you’ve written played back to you as speech really brings into focus where the story doesn’t make sense. It shows you the gaps and assumptions, things jar in a way that they don’t when you just read them back off the page.” – Chris Young
Here are some nice examples of what you can do with Narakeet, including the source presentations and scripts. Download the source, modify it and upload back to Narakeet for a quick experiment.
For more information on getting started, check out these guides:
- Getting started with creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
- Getting started with creating videos from Markdown script files
- Available languages and voices
- Information on pricing and paid plans
- Answers to frequently asked questions
Looking forward to the future!
We have very ambitious plans to simplify video creation and help you build great content easily, and paid plans will help us in introduce new features faster and increase system capacity. Expect video creation to get faster and easier in the months to come.
If you were on the waiting list for API access or asked for more capacity, we should be able to allow your access over the next few weeks.
We’re now working on a way for you to preview and experiment with audio quickly, so you can fix small mistakes without having to pay for the whole video build.
Many users asked about support for Powerpoint animations and transitions, so we will also be introducing this in the next few months.
For educational users, Google Slides seems to be a better option than Powerpoint, so we plan to provide a more direct integration with Slides in the future.
Thank you for your support and participating in the beta program. Exciting times are ahead. It will be great to keep having you on board!