How To Use NaturallySpeaking with Videos - dummies

By Stephanie Diamond

Playing videos is one of the most popular online activities. It makes sense that you would want to make it as easy as possible. With voice-enabled commands, your next video is just a word away.

QuickTime Movie 7 and Windows Media Player 12 (WMP)

Originally, QuickTime and WMP were media players designed to support different operating systems — QuickTime for the Mac and WMP for Windows. Today, both players support both operating systems, so which player you use largely depends on the format of the media you want to play.

For advanced users, there are converters and editing programs, but for our purposes, it’s likely that if you find a video that is in WMP format, you play it in that format.

Commands for these two media applications are Full Text Control. This means that you can find the right commands by looking at the menu names and using those as a starting point. Like most of the applications in this section, familiarity with them will make it easy for you to get around.

Lip-reading with Adobe Reader

The ubiquitous Adobe Reader has been in existence in one form or another since 1993. Adobe Reader is easy to use and stays in the background.

Actually, it’s pretty hard to avoid using it if you are a businessperson. The next time you want to read your latest PDFs, make sure NaturallySpeaking and VoxEnable are running and do the following:

  1. Say, “Open <name of file>.”

    Your PDF document opens.

  2. If it isn’t the size you want, say, for example, “Fit to width.” The document fits to the width of your open screen.

  3. To move to the next page say, “Go to next page.”

  4. To change the display to a two-page format, say, “Display page two up continuous.”

    The pages are displayed in a two-page-per-screen format.

  5. If you want the pages read to you aloud, say, “Activate read out loud.”

    The digital voice starts reading the pages.

  6. If you want to pause reading, say, “Pause read out loud” and then say, “Activate read out loud” again when you want to read aloud again.

  7. To close the document, say, “Close document.”

You can really save time and actually enjoy reading your PDFs using this method. Give it a try!