[Price comparison] How much does it cost to ask a voice actor or studio to narrate and use text-to-speech software?
Jan. 17, 2021
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There are more machines that require voice narration, such as video narration, DVDs used for in-house education, and voice for learning guidance.
Even when watching YouTube, it often feels easier to see a video with narrated audio than a video with only text telop.
However, if you ask a professional voice actor, the fee will be high .
Therefore, I would like to propose a text-to-speech software this time.
Let's compare how much it costs to ask a voice actor or studio for narration and how much it costs to use text-to-speech software!
How much does it cost to ask a professional voice actor for narration?
Do you know how much it costs to request a video narration?
This time, I independently investigated as far as I can understand on the net.
- If you ask a professional voice actor or studio,
500 characters (about one and a half minutes) 5000 yen ~
- When requesting on a social work site,
500 characters (about one and a half minutes) 2000 yen ~
Such a price seems to be a price that you can expect quality to some extent.
In the case of social work sites, some people are doing cheap narration activities.
However, if you do not carefully look at the evaluation and make a request, you may lose money to buy cheap goods.
How much does it cost to create narration with text-to-speech software?
Some text-to-speech software is completely free to use, while others are paid.
Whether it can be used for commercial purposes also depends on the text reading software.
Here, I would like to introduce Ondoku.
- I want to use it on YouTube
- I want to use it for in-house education and narration of learning videos
This is a text-to-speech software recommended for those who want to use it mainly for commercial use.
This is an epoch-making service that you can use for free up to 5000 characters per month .
Commercial use is possible even with a free usage frame, provided that a credit notation is attached .
If you join the paid plan, credit notation is unnecessary and the number of characters that can be read aloud will increase from 200,000 to 1 million at once.
You might think, "Isn't that really expensive?"
No, that's not the case.
- Basic plan (200,000 characters / month): 980 yen / month
- Value plan (450,000 characters / month): 1980 yen / month
- Premium plan (1 million characters / month): 2980 yen / month
Even with the basic plan of 980 yen per month, you can read out 200,000 characters, which is the number of characters for two paperback books. With this number of characters, it seems that you can make many YouTube videos!
Business plans that can be used for contract work are also available.
You can use the plan that suits your purpose and purpose.
How much does it cost to ask a voice actor to narrate on YouTube?
Most YouTube videos are about 10 minutes long.
Then, if you want to keep the video narration, you need about 2000 characters .
Depending on the voice actor you request, there may be a discount if the number of characters increases, but it will not be very cheap.
Also, if you request a retake, such as "I want you to change the reading" or "The manuscript has changed suddenly", you may need to pay the retake fee.
So, at least for a YouTube video of about 10 minutes
- For voice actors: about 10,000 yen
- For text reading software: 0 yen to 980 yen
If you ask a voice actor, it's a professional job, so of course I think you'll get a great quality narration.
However, the cost of narration for one video is 10,000 yen, which is quite a pain for fledgling YouTubers and people with limited budgets.
On the other hand, since the text-to-speech software is a machine voice, you can create narration with stable quality, although there is some discomfort.
I'm glad that the price is also cheap!
Of course, it's up to you how to use which one.
At first, you can use text-to-speech software and ask a voice actor to make a high-quality video when YouTube becomes profitable.
It's exciting just to think about how to do it!
Please use Ondoku , a text-to-speech software, for narration.
We support your success.
"Ondoku" is a Text-to-Speech service that anyone can use for free without installation. You can also use an extension ( Ondoku3-ChatGPT ) that allows you to talk with ChatGPT for free.