It sure feels like the innovations of artificial intelligence are coming out at a break-neck speed these days. We’re doing all we can to keep up with it here at No Film School as well, but there are so many new tools and apps coming out it can be hard to wrap one’s head around everything.
Adobe’s Firefly AI, Midjourney’s zoom-out tool, Meta’s new music generator, and, of course, RunwayML’s video prompt features are all top stories that we’re currently keeping tabs on. Yet, there’s still so much to explore about each.
This is why we’re always happy to see a team take the time to sit down and test many of these tools to give a comprehensive review of what’s out there and how things are going.
So let’s take a look at this great video roundup put together by the team at The Verge to go over some of the top web-based AI tools for video as we look to discover exactly how these tools are quickly changing the industry.
The 5 Best Web-Based AI Tools for Video
With some specific and insightful hands-on reviews of numerous AI tools, the team behind The Verge’s YouTube channel has put together a great video highlighting some of the best web-based AI tools out there.
With a focus on AI video technology and specifically on text-to-video AI, the team was able to put some of these different apps through the paces to explore how innovative—and ultimately useful—each of these tools might be either today or in the future.
The video goes over the following five AI video creation tools including RunwayML Gen-2, Kaiber, Deep Nostalgia, Synthesia, and Unboring, which you can view at timecodes below.
- 1:17 Runway’s Gen-2
- 2:12 Kaiber
- 5:15 My Heritage’s Deep Nostalgia
- 6:03 Synthesia
- 6:50 Reface’s Unboring
All great reviews which are worth watching section by section or through the video as a whole.
Which AI Video Tools Are Right for You Today?
Of course, we’ve covered several of these tools already on the site as well. However, even within these individual AI apps the innovations and updates are coming fast and heavily as RunwayML has already upgraded to its Gen-2 version as well as released a smartphone app. So it’s worth noting that at any given point, any of these tools might be more advanced or sophisticated than they were a week (or even a few days) before.
As someone who’s also downloaded and explored a few of these tools, I can safely say that two things can be true at the same time. One being that these tools are 100 percent awesome and powerful and quite impressive to mess around with for fun and as a great way to impress your family and friends.
I can also say that while cool and fun, I’m still personally a bit not convinced that any of these tools have features that I’d actually implement into any video production practices day-to-day.
But after bringing up several of these apps to other video professional friends, their possibilities for ideation would only make sense with longer, more casual, production timelines, and more often than not relying on traditional production means would simply be more cost-efficient.
The Future of AI for Video
All that being said, with such crazy advancements in terms of video generation, animation, and several of the cool features which can turn your images or text prompts into fully realized video renders, it’s again certainly not hard to see what the possibilities of these AI tools might eventually be.
And that’s ultimately what these reviews seem to confirm.
To quote our host from the video, “AI will create new art forms and it will definitely burn others to the ground.” Yet, despite its awesome and harrowing promise, there does appear to be a window here where creators can decide—at least a little bit—which directions they’d like AI to improve and replace, and perhaps which ways we’d like it to stay in its lane.
How do you feel about these AI video tools? Are there any of the above which you’d like to try implementing today?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.