For many creatives, realizing a vision is hindered by the high cost of producing immersive and top-notch media. Before even before they can begin the creative process, one must invest in costly equipment, software applications, a production team, and other overhead.
But, these dark times for creatives are set to change as the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize content creation.
Users can leverage AI to produce high-quality videos, animations, and visual effects (VFX), by simply typing text-based instructions or prompts. This cutting-edge technology enables the creation of professional and realistic visuals that could literally shape the future of digital media.
The democratization of this powerful ability will unlock the floodgates of creativity that were once plagued by prohibitive costs, enabling ordinary people to bring their imagination to life. Today, we will delve into the groundbreaking advancements in AI video tools, examine their current impact on the industry, and showcase the awe-inspiring videos they have created to ignite your imagination.
The Advancement of AI-Powered Video Generators
The swift progress in generative artificial intelligence, which utilizes vast training datasets to generate immersive content, has given rise to groundbreaking products. AI has demonstrated its capacity to surpass human abilities, as evidenced by text generators like ChatGPT, which mimic human writers, and art generators like Midjourney, which compete with seasoned graphic artists.
Although artificial intelligence has already made significant strides in the areas of text and images, it is now setting its sights on a new frontier: videos. Major tech corporations, including Google, Microsoft, Meta, and NVIDIA, have already announced their plans to launch powerful AI animation generators in the near future.
Right now, there are noteworthy AI tools such as Deep Nostalgia and DI-D that are capable of transforming images into basic forms of videos. Essentially, these two tools add minimal but crucial movements to head avatars or images to enhance their realism and make them more captivating.
But in the near future, we will witness a giant leap forward in video creation capabilities, encompassing various methods such as text-to-video, image-to-video, text + image-to-video, 2D-image-to-3D animations, and photo-to-predictive video.
Let’s take a look at the powerful tools that are on the horizon and are set to revolutionize the world of content creation.
Mindblowing platforms, such as Google’s Transframer and Dreamix, Runway’s Gen2, and NVIDIA’s NeRF, are some of the most exciting image-to-video generators that will soon hit the market.
Google’s Transframer is capable of taking a single image and predicting how it should be transformed into a 30-second video. This platform has the remarkable ability to determine which scenes, elements (and even angles) should be incorporated to create cohesive and compelling clips from a single image.
Dreamix, meanwhile, is an image-to-video AI converter from Google that can recognize missing or necessary elements it should add to its animations.
It’s incredible to witness Dreamix’s capabilities in action. With just an image of an empty forest, you can add a bear and a flock of birds to bring the scene to life. Similarly, when presented with an empty desert, it can insert a camel, and in a snowy landscape, it can include penguins to create a dynamic and engaging video.
Runway’s Gen2 boasts eight powerful features, one of which is image-to-video conversion, enabling you to transform images into short videos with an oil painting-like aesthetic.
While the platform’s output currently tends to favor a more abstract look over realism, with the rapid advancement of AI tools, it may not be long before it can achieve a level of realism comparable to that of Unreal Engine.
NVIDIA’s NeRF, on the other hand, features a remarkable capability known as ‘inverse rendering,’ which can transform several 2D images of an object or person into a lifelike 3D short video. This powerful tool can reconstruct a 3D animation with remarkable accuracy in just a matter of seconds, using only a few images and angle data.
Runway Gen2 also slips into this list as it is a versatile platform that can accept a wide range of prompts to generate videos, including text, images and text, and even other footage. This is a testament to the platform’s power and adaptability.
KaiberAI is a text-to-video platform that produces stunning visual outputs, which tend to lean towards dreamy aesthetics rather than realism. This platform includes a host of features such as upscaling, audio reactivity control, customizable clip length ranging from 5-30 seconds, various aspect ratios, and fast loading.
Modelscope is an open-source text-to-video AI generator that is now available to the public. Although it provides a glimpse into how future powerful platforms may operate, the animations it generates are not particularly visually pleasing. Furthermore, it does not conceal the fact that it uses Shutterstock stock videos as its training set, as evidenced by the watermarks that are visible at the center of its generated output.
The potential use cases for these powerful image-to-video tools are vast and could redefine many industries, especially the creative, medical, and educational sectors, due to their ability to deliver stunning image processing.
Can AI Make Full-Length Movies Soon?
According to Joe Russo, the director of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ AI has the potential to create full-length movies in just two years. Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer, Donald Mustard, predicts that this breakthrough could occur even sooner.
Russo envisions a world where you can sit on your couch after a long day and ask your AI-powered TV to generate a custom romantic-comedy movie starring you and your favorite celebrity to lift your spirits. This prediction is incredibly exciting and, if realized, could represent one of the most significant revolutions in the entertainment industry.
But if we’re talking about improvised ways of creating full-length movies powered by AI, maybe it could take less than a year prior to the rollout of more powerful artificial intelligence tools.
As we have observed from the creativity displayed on platforms such as Twitter and Reddit, numerous talented individuals are exploring innovative methods to leverage AI tools, propelling them to new heights of revolution.
Although artificial intelligence-powered video generators still have certain limitations, enthusiasts may still find creative ways to produce short and even full-length movies using them. One possibility is that they could stitch together six-second AI-generated animations painstakingly, which might be challenging, but ultimately rewarding for passionate individuals looking to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence tools.
AI Tools for Making Tiktok Videos
Vidyo AI is a content repurposing tool that utilizes artificial intelligence to intelligently transform long-form videos into short-form clips that are optimized for platforms like TikTok, Reels, Instagram, and more.
It is an ideal platform for influencers, podcasters, content marketing teams, and webinar organizers who need to optimize their content for different platforms. It also offers all the standard features of a typical video editor, such as auto-captioning, 1080p downloads, free templates, and more, making it a comprehensive solution for content creators looking to streamline their animation production process.
Pictory is another excellent option for transforming long videos into short-form content using AI. This tool can intelligently extract the most compelling sections of your Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings, as well as webinars, creating more digestible content that your audience can easily consume.
In addition to transforming long-form videos into shorter clips, Pictory’s AI can generate persuasive video sales letters complete with relevant footage, music, and voice-over, enhancing the impact of your content.
Automating the process of converting your content for various social media platforms can significantly enhance your business or brand’s online presence and improve your chances of gaining a competitive advantage.
The Difference Between Deepfake and AI-Generated Videos
Although deepfakes and AI video generators may seem similar on the surface, they are fundamentally different. It is important to understand their distinctions to avoid confusion between the two.
Deepfakes involve superimposing someone’s face onto an existing body for unethical purposes, including defamation. The fakery in this type of content is almost realistic at first glance but is usually easy to detect, even for an untrained observer.
AI-generated videos, are created from scratch using text instructions or other types of prompts and typically produce unrealistic results, given the current level of their technical capabilities.
That said, Hollywood may use deepfake technology for certain scenes that require younger versions of an actor, brining a dead celebrity back to the silver screen, etc.
Top AI-generated Videos and Animations That Went Viral
AI-generated videos are slowly but surely getting attention in the competitive space of social media, where millions of content are fiercely competing for our attention. Here are some of the lucky ones that got viral and highlighted AI’s massive potential to make an impact on the web in the future.
Synthetic Summer is an experimental beer commercial generated by AI, created by the London-based production company PrivateIsland. Although some people have criticized the video’s imperfections and even found some parts to be creepy, the viral video highlights AI’s immense potential for creating engaging and innovative advertisements in the future.
Pepperoni Hug Spot Pizza
Pepperoni Hug Spot Pizza is an AI-generated commercial that was created using various artificial intelligence tools. The script was generated by the powerful GPT-4, while the images were sourced from Midjourney. Video clips were produced using Runway Gen2, while ElevenLabs provided the voice-over.
One important thing to highlight here is the growing trend of using various AI tools to come up with creative content like this. By piecing different smart tools together instead of waiting for a single all-in-one solution, anyone can potentially create innovative content like this one. It’s simply a matter of leveraging the tools that are currently available to us.
Will Smith Eating Pasta
Will Smith made headlines again, but this time, not of his own doing, but because of a viral Reddit user named ‘chaindrop’ who posted an AI-generated video of the actor eating pasta.
Although the animation demonstrates Stable Diffusions’ visual capabilities, many viewers experienced an uneasy feeling while watching it, similar to what was felt in the two previous video examples.
The uneasiness that some viewers feel while watching AI-generated videos may be due to the occasional abnormal movements and facial expressions that AI can produce. Moving forward, I hope that the next wave of AI-generated videos will inspire and offer hope rather than evoke the uncanny feeling that some people experience today.
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