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TikTok's AI Avatars and Language Dubbing: Bridging the Gap in Global Content

June 17, 2024

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Well, look who's jumping on the AI bandwagon—surprise, it's TikTok! The social media giant is rolling out new generative AI tools aimed at helping content creators and organizations expand their global reach. These tools include customizable digital avatars and language dubbing features, designed to break down language barriers and add a personalized touch to content.

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TikTok's new features are an extension of the Symphony generative AI ad suite introduced last month. The first of these new offerings is Symphony Digital Avatars, which come in two varieties: stock and custom. Stock avatars are based on paid actors from diverse backgrounds, covering a wide range of nationalities and languages. These avatars are ready for commercial use right out of the box. On the other hand, custom avatars are tailored to resemble specific creators or brand spokespeople and can speak multiple languages, enabling brands to maintain a consistent image while reaching foreign audiences. All videos using these avatars will carry an "AI-generated" label, so there's no fooling anyone about the source of these digital spokespeople.

The real game-changer here is Symphony AI Dubbing, a global translation tool that lets creators and marketers dub their content into over ten languages and dialects. This includes major languages like French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Korean. The tool is smart enough to detect the language spoken in a video, transcribe it, translate it, and produce a dubbed version in the selected language. It's like having a personal translator on standby, ready to help your content cross borders seamlessly.

This isn't just a first for TikTok. There's a growing trend of creators using technology to break into new language markets without losing their unique identity. YouTube star MrBeast has been using multi-language audio track support to dub his videos for a while now. Even FKA Twigs revealed a multilingual "deepfake" version of herself last month to promote her work globally.

TikTok hasn't yet disclosed the pricing for these new AI tools, but the inclusion of dialects suggests a nuanced approach. Users might be able to choose between British or American English accents, or specify other regional variations, making the avatars even more relatable to different audiences.

So, there you have it. TikTok is not just about dance challenges and viral trends anymore. With these new AI tools, they're setting the stage for a more globally connected and inclusive platform. Get ready to see a lot more digital avatars speaking in tongues all over your For You page.

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