How to Use Avatars

Learn how to select, change and export avatars

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Where Do I Find Avatars?

To view all available stock avatars included in your plan, select the Avatar button in the left-hand side menu of Synthesia.

Once selected, you will be presented with all available avatars for your plan, as shown below.

From here, you can preview your avatar to better understand how it will sound and look in motion, and test different languages. To do so, hover over the avatar and select the Play button, as shown below.

Your avatar will automatically narrate in English. However, you are also able to preview your avatar in German, Spanish, Italian, and French.

At the preview avatar stage, you cannot alter the script that the avatar narrates. This functionality exists to showcase how your selected avatar will look and sound in motion. You can create your own script when creating your video.

Please note that from time to time, some of our avatars may be permanently removed from the platform and replaced with newer ones. We strongly recommend using our Custom Avatar or WebCam Avatar offering if you want to build your brand around a specific avatar. This will guarantee access to that specific avatar longterm.

If an avatar you have used is no longer available, you will notice it is no longer accessible within your project. However, you can still use your video by replacing the avatar with another one from the vast selection that is still available, by follow the steps in section 3 below.

How to Select an Avatar

There are two ways to select an avatar. Once you are satisfied with your choice, follow the steps mentioned above and click on the Create video with this Avatar button. This will redirect you to the Synthesia creation page, where your selected avatar will be pre-populated on your scene.

Alternatively, you can select the New Video button located in the top right-hand corner of the main page. When you begin, you will have the option to select an existing template or start with a blank project.

If you choose to select an existing template, you can still change the avatar once your template is selected.

In this example, we have selected Start blank. This will redirect you to the Synthesia creation page. From there, click on the Avatar button located in the top menu to select your preferred avatar, as shown below.

After selecting your avatar, it will be added to your scene. You can adjust its size by dragging the outline inwards or outwards.

In addition, from the right-hand menu bar, you can choose to display your avatar in full body format, as a circle, or remove it completely and only use a stock voice. Learn more about voices here.

How to Change an Avatar

Changing your avatar is easy by following the steps below. In this example, we have chosen to create a video using our Consulting template as shown below.

To change the current Avatar, you will need to select the Avatar in the scene. This will display an outline of the avatar and the Replace Avatar option will be displayed on the menu to the right-hand side.

To change your avatar, select Replace Avatar. This will open a new menu where you can choose your preferred avatar.

Alternatively, you can select your current avatar and press the backspace key to delete it. Once deleted, use the top menu to select a new avatar.

Copy and Paste Avatars

You now have the ability to copy and paste avatars from one scene to another, to keep the same size and layout of the your avatar, for continuity in your project.

To do this, simply select the avatar you wish to duplicate and either right click and select Copy or Ctrl + c (Cmd + c on Mac).

Navigate to the new scene and right click and select Paste or Ctrl + v (Cmd + v on Mac) and the avatar will display on the new scene.

How to Change the Avatar for All Scenes

You have the option to add or replace each avatar per scene. However, if you want to change your avatar for all scenes after changing it for one scene, a black menu box will appear at the bottom of the script box.

This box allows you to change the avatar for all slides, as shown below. If you only want to change one scene, you can ignore the box, as it will automatically disappear.

Export Avatars

Our avatars are designed and produced to be used within your Synthesia projects and videos. You cannot export an avatar with a transparent background (no alpha channel).

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