Welcome to the Bush-o-Matic Beta

George W. Bush, arguably the greatest ever 43rd president of the United States, ended his impressive two terms as leader of the free world in 2009. Do not despair, as he sinks further from the media spotlight - we have harnessed the latest video and speech technology to create your own mini-Bush!

Just type your text into the Bush-o-Matic and press the 'Generate' button.

You can make him move by adding actions, and even select your favourite background music accompaniment.

To make Bush speak, enter text in the 'Bush-o-Matic' tab and press 'Generate'

Select the backing instrument for the music from the drop-down list on the right.

You can control the animation too - place the cursor in the text where you want to insert an action, then choose what you'd like Bush to do from the drop-down "Pick an action" list. This inserts a marker to tell Bush to perform the action.

If Bush says that there's an error in the XML, there is probably a problem with an action marker. Try deleting any actions and inserting them again, and don't use 'special' XML characters like '<', '>' and '&'. You can also find out more about XML.

You can even use SSML to change the rate and pitch of the speech and to insert breaks. Check out the 'Samples' tab to see how to do it.

For more information on the CereVoice speech synthesizer, see the CereProc website or 'The CereVoice Characterful Speech Synthesiser SDK' (pdf link) article from AISB 2007.

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To make your own mini-Bushes you also need to install the Flash plugin.