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How to create videos from text input using AI

There has been a lot of discussion recently about generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and text-to-image generation. But did you know you can also generate videos from text using AI? Content creators are using this technology to change the way they work

Unlike text-to-image generation, this technology requires more human involvement and some understanding of video editing. Whilst professional creators may be able to produce impressive videos, these tools are less useful for beginners. For seasoned content creators, they are definitely worth experimenting with. 

What is a text-to-video AI generator? 

An AI video generator is a type of technology that uses machine learning algorithms to produce videos. Some popular examples of text-to-video models include InVideo.io, Lumen5 and Synthesia. Meta recently launched its own Make-A-Video Meta AI. 

How does this technology work? 

AI video generators are trained using large datasets and can recognise objects, colours and other discerning features. When you input text, the algorithm takes data from various sources and uses this to create visual representation on the screen. The AI video generator will construct scenes, objects, characters and other elements based on the prompt it is given. 

Choosing the AI text-to-video generator that is best for you  

You will need to choose a text-to-video generation model and this depends on your needs and your skill level. Different models are useful for different goals. 

  • InVideo.io offers a range of editing tools, access to stock images, templates and music libraries. You can also modify the size of videos for different social media platforms. 
  • Lumen5 is a good option if you are new to video creation. Lumen5 will process your script and divide it into scenes. It will use AI technology to choose music and videos based on the script. 
  • Synthesia has a large range of AI avatars that can be used to deliver your script. This is an alternative to having the text appear on screen. This is useful for training videos and information summaries. 

Producing your script

When using text-to-video technology, the text you input is translated into video form. 

This can be as simple or complex as you like. The form of input depends on the generation model you choose. For example, when using Lumen5, the text you input will appear in the video. However, when using Synthesia, an AI avatar will deliver your text verbally.

You should describe exactly what you want to see in the video. This is referred to as the script. You may have to adjust this to get the results you’re looking for. If you are struggling to create a script, some users have suggested asking an AI chatbot to produce one for you – this can produce interesting results! 

How to use a text-to-video AI generator 

Once you have chosen a model and written your script, you input the script and wait. This may take some time, depending on the complexity of your input and the speed of your computer.

After the video has been generated, you can edit and refine it based on your needs. Depending on the model, you may be able to add effects, background music and adjust the timings and sequencing. If you are happy with the video, you can export it and share it on social media platforms or your website.  

Is this technology useful? 

This technology is useful if creating videos is part of your work that you find tiresome. However, unlike text-to-image generation, text-to-video still requires a lot of human input to get the desired result. 

On many platforms you are still required to edit and modify the video. Text-to-video tools can be useful, but there is still a lot of work to be done before they become a key part of video production. 

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