Published on November 21, 2023, 12:23 pm

Unleashing Creativity: Ai-Powered Video Editing Tools For Captivating Motion Effects

Creating Motion Effects with AI-Powered Video Editing Tools

Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized various industries, and now it’s making its mark in the world of video editing. Thanks to a suite of new tools developed by Runway, an AI startup, creating videos from images or text prompts has become easier than ever before.

Unlike generative photography, which has seen multiple companies and models vying for attention, generative video is still a relatively new field. While Meta recently unveiled Emu Video as a potential addition to future Instagram or Facebook features, options are currently limited.

Existing tools like Synthesys and Pictory focus on avatar creation, while HeyGen specializes in translation tools. However, Runway stands out as a comprehensive video editing and creation tool that offers a wide range of features.

One notable feature in Runway’s latest updates is Motion Blur. With this tool, users can create motion effects using a brush tool. Typically, Runway generates motion across the entire photo. However, Motion Blur allows users to specify which part of the image should have the motion effect.

Another exciting addition to Runway is a series of style presets that enable users to act as art directors for their videos. With these presets, you can define the desired look, movement style, and lighting effects for your videos. Additionally, Director mode has been upgraded with more precise camera controls for enhanced creative flexibility.

To assess the capabilities of these tools firsthand, I decided to try them out myself. I began by using an image I had previously created using Stable Diffusion’s SDXL 1.0 model: a cowboy walking into the sunset in the Wild West. I refined this image to fit a 16:9 aspect ratio with hyperrealistic splash art and added side-lighting and a colorful background.

To get started with Runway, you can sign up for a free account using your email address or through Apple or Google’s single-sign-on services. Once registered, you’ll be directed to the Runway project page, where you can click “Start with Image” to begin the video creation process.

To upload an image and transform it into a video, simply click “Upload a File” and select the desired image from your computer. Alternatively, you can enter a text prompt, and Runway’s AI will create an image for you based on the prompt.

Once your image is loaded, click on the “Motion Brush (beta)” button. This will open the motion brush view, where you can draw an area on your image that you want to animate. The horizontal, vertical, and proximity controls allow you to set the direction and size of the motion within the designated area. Afterward, clicking “Save” will take you back to the main interface.

Runway offers additional fine-tuning options for users who opt for paid plans. These options include upscaling images, removing watermarks, smoothing out frames, and adjusting camera motions and directions. When satisfied with your settings, click “Generate 4s” to create a four-second clip.

Once generated, your video will enter a processing queue. While paid accounts receive priority processing, free accounts typically experience minimal wait times of just a few seconds. It may take a few minutes for your video to generate once it’s out of the queue.

After your video has been created, you can play it directly in Runway, download it for use in various video editing software programs or convert it into a GIF format (you can use Adobe’s free video-to-GIF tool). Additionally, if you wish to share your work with others or explore their creations further, there’s an option to publish your videos in the Runway library.

If four seconds isn’t enough for your needs or if you’d like to extend specific motion sequences in your video further, Runway allows users to add another four-second segment by clicking “Extend 4s” in the bottom right corner. Each extension consumes a portion of the limited free credits associated with your account.

With Runway’s AI-powered video editing tools, the possibilities for creating captivating and personalized videos are endless. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker, a social media enthusiast, or simply someone looking to add motion effects to your visuals, Runway offers user-friendly tools that empower you to turn your creative ideas into reality.

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