ReadAloud - Premium Feature

Want to hear your script out loud? Don't have a ton of actor friends to do a reading for you? No worries! ReadAloud allows you to assign voices to each character and play the script's contents aloud. Maybe you do know some actor friends and would like to hear them read the lines. Send them an invite to read and record the lines and save it to the project! 

For quick access to this feature, add it to your Tools widget.

Note: This feature is available with a Premium subscription.  Update  your subscription today!

In This Article


Use ReadAloud

  1. Select Tools > ReadAloud
  2. As needed, edit the Play Options
    1. Play current line - Will play only the line your cursor is located in
    2. Play continuously from here - Will play from where your cursor is located onward
  3. As needed, edit the Perform ReadAloud for options
    1. All - Will play all line types in the script
    2. Current Character - Will play only the lines for the character you placed your cursor on
  4. Select the Play icon
    1. It will begin playing from where your cursor is located in the script
  5. As needed, use the left and right arrows to move forwards and backwards through the script




ReadAloud Casting

ReadAloud will automatically assign voices based on the document language, character's gender, and character's assessed age. You can make adjustments to the criteria for each character in the Casting tab. 

Characters are set to Computer voices automatically. Switching to Human will require recordings to be created or uploaded for the character under the Record tab.

Sort Character Order

  1. Go to the Casting tab
  2. Open the Sort Order drop-down
  3. Select the desired order
    1. First appearance
    2. Character name


Edit Character Language

  1. Go to Casting tab
  2. Open the Language drop-down
  3. Select the desired language


Edit Character Gender

  1. Go to Casting tab
  2. Under Gender, select the desired gender

OR use Document Statistics to edit gender

  1. Select Reports > Document Statistics
  2. Open the Gender drop-down next to each character
  3. Select the desired gender


Edit Character Age

  1. Go to Casting tab
  2. Enter the Lower and Upper numbers for the character's age range


Change Character Voice

Listed voices are filtered based on the assigned language and gender.

  1. Go to Casting tab
  2. Open the Voice drop-down for the desired character
  3. Select the desired voice



Use Actors for Playback

Record in WriterDuet

You can record voices yourself or share the script with your cast for them to record on their own.

  1. Select the Record tab
  2. Under Recording for at the bottom, open the character drop-down menu to select the character you would like to record for
  3. Use the left and right arrows to navigate to the desired line to start recording
    1. You will record one line at a time
  4. Select the desired recording settings
    1. Three second count-in
    2. Automatically play back recording
    3. Automatically go to next line
    4. Automatically record next line
  5. When you are ready, press REC to start and stop recording
    1. Use the |< and >| arrows at the bottom to navigate between lines. 


Upload Recordings into WriterDuet

  1. Select the Record tab
  2. Under Recording for, open the character drop-down menu to select the character you would like to record for
  3. Use the left and right arrows to navigate to the desired line
    1. You will upload one recording at a time
  4. Select the upload icon to the far right of REC to upload a recording from outside WriterDuet
  5. Select the file from your device
  6. Select Upload


Download ReadAloud Performance

  1. Open the ReadAloud plugin
  2. Play the script through once as desired
  3. In the Play tab, select the download icon to the right of the play icon
  4. Select Send Email
    1. Within 10 minutes, the audio files will be sent to your WriterDuet account email.


Invite Performers

  1. Open the ReadAloud plugin
  2. Select the Record tab
  3. Select Invite Performer
  4. Enter the performer's email
  5. Select the + to add them
  6. As needed, add more performers
  7. Select Send Invites
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