Software Makes Roger Ebert SpeakFebruary 28th, 2010 - 11:00 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Feb 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Roger Ebert can again speak after a silence of about 4 years. No, he did not get his real voice back. It was the credit of a new software which skillfully imitated his long lost voice. The famous film critic broke his silence ever since he lost his voice due to thyroid cancer. On Friday, during the telecast of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” a new software was used in order to create a voice that sounded exactly like Roger Ebert.
The voice was created by an Edinburgh, Scotland based company. According to sources, previous recordings of Roger Ebert were used in order to create this miracle. The DVD comments of Roger Ebert on “Citizen Kane,” and “Casablanca” were mostly used. According to Matthew Aylett, the chief officer of the company, they used lots of “audio material” in order to create Roger Ebert’s voice.
Lots of “text to speech” software are available these days, however, they sound a bit artificial. The software which was used to imitate the voice of Roger Ebert, reportedly was more natural, giving scope for expressing lots of emotions.
When Roger Ebert underwent his second surgery, he knew he would not be able to speak ever again. He chose writing as a mode of expressing himself. However, writing can never substitute normal conversation. Roger Ebert reportedly expressed his disappointment through his blog. Roger Ebert is yet to comment on his new found voice through this software. The revelation brought a circle of happiness amongst Roger Ebert’s followers.
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