What a cool application of text to speech synthesis: with the help of a tool built by Scottish firm CereProc, Roger Ebert can now speak again and use his own voice to boot. The tool uses audio Ebert recorded for past DVD Commentaries to render speech from text he enters into his computer. I'm proud to say that some of the audio is from commentaries that Ebert recorded for the Criterion Collection while I was in the audio department there. Kudos to Criterion for contributing to this important and fascinating project!
See the video of Ebert "talking" to his wife on the Oprah Winfrey show: Amazingly, DVD Commentary Helped Give Roger Ebert His Voice Back.
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