How to speed up or slow down voice over video

You can control the reading speed for videos made with Video Puppet, for example to slow down the narration for young children or students with disabilities.

Various voices change their reading speed differently, so it’s worth experimenting a bit with combinations of voices and speeds.

For a quick demonstration, play the video below:

Powerpoint to video voice speed

If you create videos from slides, you’ll find a new option in the settings dialog, letting you choose the voice speed.

video voice over online speed

Choose a standard preset, such as fast or slow, or select the custom option for a wider range of settings. The custom slider lets you adjust the speed in smaller steps from very slow to very fast.

custom speed settings

Set the speed for scripts

If you create videos from a script, you can also set the reading speed globally using the voice speed header:

---
voice-speed: slow
voice: brian
---

Brian will read this slowly

Change the voice speed for a specific slide or scene

You can also set the speed for a particular paragraph or scene using the voice speed stage direction. Stage directions work both in Powerpoint speaker notes and scripts. Here is an example:

(voice-speed: fast)

Rodney is quick.

(voice-speed: slow)

Rodney is slow.

Numerical values allow you to set the reading speed on a scale, as a multiplier of the standard speed. The value 1 corresponds to the usual reading speed for the voice, so 0.5 is half-speed and 1.25 is 25% faster than normal. Here is an example:

(voice-speed: 0.3)

Very very slow

(voice-speed: 1.9)

Very very fast

For more information on how to control pronunciation, check out the narration format reference.

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