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Adobe experiment slips new words into your voice recordings

It's like Photoshop for your podcasts and voiceovers.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
November 6, 2016
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If you've ever recorded a podcast or a voiceover, you know how frustrating it can be. One slip of the tongue may force you to chop up your recording, or even redo an entire segment. Adobe believes it has a better solution: change what you said. As part of a trio of experiments, the software pioneer has introduced a VoCo tool that would let you insert dialogue into existing voice recordings. All you need is enough audio for the software to get a sense of someone's voice -- after that, you can type what you want that person to say. The results aren't always perfect in this early software, but they're surprisingly natural-sounding.

And before you ask: yes, Adobe is aware that people might abuse this to put words in others' mouths. You'd get audio watermarking to prove that you have the original, unaltered recording. That might not completely prevent fakes, but it would make it tougher to invent a political scandal or produce non-existent celebrity endorsements.

Other experiments include Stylit, tech that lets you transfer your real-world art style to digital, and CloverVR, a tool that would let you edit virtual reality video from virtual reality.

Adobe hasn't said if or when you'll see any of these experiments in shipping products like Audition, Photoshop or Premiere Pro. However, these features have found their way into the company's software in the past. And VoCo is more practical than many of these tests. It could not only save time, but save you the hassle of bringing someone back to the studio just to record a slightly different take on a phrase.

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