Error when Editing Text to Speech

Chris Paxton
Chris Paxton Community Member Posts: 120 ☆ Superstar ☆
I have created a course in Lectora v.19 and am using Text to Speech. On many pages (not all), if I need to go back and edit the text, when I select the audio file then Audio > Properties > Edit, the plain text is missing and I have the default choice of English and Sallie.

This has gone on for awhile, but usually I'm replacing the T2S with a professional VO, so I haven't worried about it; but, I have a rather large course now that wants to keep "Matthew" so editing will be important.

Chris Paxton McMillin, D3 Training Solutions
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  • jholland
    jholland Administrator, Rockstar Manager Posts: 88 eLearning ROCKSTAR Admin Team
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    Hello Chris. Sounds like a tricky one to duplicate, but the Edit command you use is like starting over with fresh text, there is no guarantee that the original text will be there. Sometimes the window might open as a new TTS session and sometimes the window will open with the last text used. We recommend for user's not to rely that the text will still be there, as this tool's function is to create the audio and alternate closed caption file, not to store the inputted text. All it takes is switching the voice to another choice and all the text in the Plain Text input box will be replaced with the default text.

    A related feature is for direct editing of the closed caption file, select the audio file, then Audio > Properties > Add Captions. This brings up a different window than the one you mentioned. This is the actual file the closed captions are stored in. Clicking Edit opens your text editor and the captions file with the timings included. Of course, now you aren't editing the audio but refining the caption file.