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Is AI video production on the way to an Oscar?

As technology continues to advance, it’s no surprise that artificial intelligence (AI) is making its

way into the video production industry. With the ability to streamline pre-production processes,

automate editing, and enhance visual effects, AI is changing the way videos are created. But

what does this mean for the future of video production? We decided to put the current AI video

production tools to the test, creating a short video entirely with AI.

A number of our clients are legal firms, so we decided to test AI video production by creating a film based on the subject, "How will AI affect lawyers in the future?"

We started by using Chat GPT to generate a 1-minute script (the final video came out at 2 mins

!). After trying various prompts, we finally found a script with good content. We then asked it to

convert the script into a standard video script format, with text in one column and visuals in

another. This is where we ran into some issues. The format ChatGPT delivered was a little different to the regular format and lacked real detail on where the visuals would go. Also the visuals suggestions were generic and lacked creativity, but they did provide us with a starting point for structuring the video and incorporating stock footage.

We then explored the use of AI-generated voiceover and talking heads, using an AI system to

create an avatar and select a voice. While the lip-syncing was acceptable, there was no body

language or emotion from the avatar. As AI becomes more sophisticated, it is likely that

emotional prompts will be able to be added at key moments in the script. In the medium term I

have a feeling this will be the hardest thing for AI to overcome in corporate and feature film

creation - creating a script which has a degree of emotion and then converting this emotion to AI

generated characters.

Where AI will have the most profound and immediate effect will be in post-production. Editing

the AI-generated avatar was much easier than with sophisticated software such as Adobe, but

less precise. The AI editing process allowed us to cut the script and this automatically edited the

corresponding video footage. The app also allowed us to easily select the b-roll from a library

and place it into the video. However, the creative process of selecting the appropriate b-roll,

along with choosing colours, graphics, logos, and fonts appropriate for individual clients still lies

very much with the editor or director.

One area where AI has shown significant promise is in the creation of original background

music for videos. We were able to use an AI system to generate a piece of music that fit the

desired style, length, and mood of the video.

AI is going to revolutionise the video production, but it is important to note that AI is still in its

infancy. At this stage the need for an editor or director’s creative decision still necessary, and AI

technology has a long way to go before it can completely eliminate this need, if ever.

Despite this, the industry's adoption of AI will continue to grow as new applications and tools

emerge to further improve video production processes. As a video production agency we have

quickly realised that it will be essential that we adapt and embrace the power of AI in order to

stay competitive. Hopefully it will become a tool that allows us to be more efficient and creative,

rather than creating, printing and sending us our redundancies notices!

Please see the full video below!

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