AI Services That Can Create Images & Videos and Other Useful Resources

There is a growing number of Artificial Intelligence (AI) services that can create images and videos.  For example, OpenAI’s DALL·E 2 enables you to create images from a text instruction.  In addition, OpenAI has announced it will soon release its Sora platform, which can create videos from images and text instructions.  To view an introductory video about Sora, visit: Introducing Sora — OpenAI’s text-to-video model.  Currently, Sora is only available to “red team” researchers. 

These services can be used to create images and short videos about the impacts of climate change as well as significant climate-related developments such as climate tipping points that could occur soon.  Given below are several additional AI services that can create images and/or videos along with with other useful resources:

A. Some High Profile Alternatives to Sora:

There are a few other high-profile alternatives to Sora that allow users to create video content from text. These include:

  1. Runway-Gen-2. The highest-profile alternative to OpenAI Sora is Runway Gen-2. Like Sora, this is a text-to-video generative AI, and it is currently available on web and mobile.
  2. Lumiere. Google recently announced Lumiere, which is currently available as an extension to the PyTorch deep-learning Python framework.
  3. Make-a-Video. Meta announced Make-a-Video in 2022; again this is available via a PyTorch extension.

B. Some Less Well Known Alternatives to Sora:

  1. Pictory simplifies the conversion of text into video content, targeting content marketers and educators with its video generation tools.
  2. Kapwing offers an online platform for creating videos from text, emphasizing ease of use for social media marketers and casual creators.
  3. Synthesia focuses on creating AI-powered video presentations from text, offering customizable avatar-led videos for business and educational purposes.
  4. HeyGen aims to simplify video production for product and content marketing, sales outreach, and education.
  5. Steve AI provides an AI platform that enables generation of videos and animation from Prompt to Video, Script to Video, and Audio to Video.
  6. Elai focuses on e-learning and corporate training, offering a solution to effortlessly turn instructional content into informative videos
  7. Convert the audio to text via services such as:
    a) veed.ai – AUDIO TO TEXT – Transcribe audio to text automatically, using AI. Over +120 languages supported
    b) Notta.ai – Online Audio to Text Converter (seems to be based in China – so may be a problem).
    c) Otter.ai –  AI powered automated transcription with automated summary, built in AI Chat, and full audio transcripts. Get 300 mins free every month.
    Note: These AI services should be checked to make sure they are legitimate before using them.

C. AI Services that Generate Images:

  1. DALL·E 2 and DALL-E 3 by OpenAI: Known for its ease of use and ability to generate highly creative and realistic images.
  2. Midjourney: A popular choice for artists, known for its dreamlike and evocative outputs. (Operates through a Discord server)
  3. Image Creator from Microsoft Designer (formerly Bing Image Creator): Considered a well-rounded option, offering good image quality and a user-friendly interface.
  4. Stable Diffusion: A powerful option for those who want more control over the generation process, with various customization options. (Code available for download, also offered through DreamStudio, a user-friendly interface)
  5. Adobe Firefly: Integrates well with other Adobe products, useful for incorporating AI-generated images into existing projects.
  6. Generative AI by Getty Images: Offers commercially licensable images, ensuring you can use the generated content for business purposes.
  7. Google’s Gemini: Gemini.Google.com

D. Websites that provide royalty free images:

  1. Unsplash: Unsplash is a popular website for free stock photos, with a large collection of high-resolution images. All photos are released for free under the Unsplash license.
  2. Pexels: Pexels is another great option for free stock photos, with a wide variety of images to choose from. All photos are released under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you can use them for any purpose without attribution.
  3. Pixabay: Pixabay offers a large collection of free stock photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. All photos are released under the Pixabay license, which is similar to the Creative Commons CC0 license, but slightly more restrictive.
  4. Burst (by Shopify): Burst is a free stock photo platform designed specifically for entrepreneurs by Shopify. The photos on Burst are all high-resolution and perfect for use in ecommerce websites and marketing materials.
  5. Vecteezy: Vecteezy offers a variety of free stock photos, as well as free vector graphics and illustrations. All photos are released under a variety of licenses, so be sure to check the license for each photo before using it.
  6. 36 Best Free Stock Photo Sites (2024) by Shopify
  7. List of free vector image websites for commercial use: LINK
  8. List of free stock image websites for commercial use: LINK

D. Websites that provide royalty free GIFs (animated images) and Icons:

  1. Giffy -Website with many animated images in GIF format
  2. IconFinder: Icon Finder and Editor

E: Webpage: Climate Change Related VR videos and Background Information