These Runway AI Video Updates are Insane!

Curious Refuge
21 Nov 202327:37

TLDRThe video script discusses the rapid advancements in AI filmmaking, highlighting new tools like Korea for sketch enhancement and Runway's algorithm update for improved video quality. It explores the potential of AI in creating realistic cinematic content and announces upcoming AI tools such as the motion brush feature in Runway. The script also covers the impact of AI on the film industry, including the SAG strike resolution and the introduction of AI chatbots. Additionally, it showcases examples of AI-generated films and discusses the broader applications of AI in areas like medical prediction.


  • 🎨 A new AI tool called Korea has been introduced, enabling users to sketch and have AI enhance the quality of these sketches for more realistic storyboards.
  • 🚀 Runway's algorithm has been updated, improving the quality of image to video and text to video conversions, although it still has exposure issues with the first few frames.
  • 🌟 AI filmmaker Nicholas Nert showcased the potential of Runway by creating cinematic drone footage entirely inside the platform using text to image and negative prompting.
  • 📈 In about 12 months, the feature film and TV industry may utilize AI for establishing shots and details, indicating a significant shift in the industry's use of AI tools.
  • 🌐 Runway released a video demonstrating time remapping using Gen 2, hinting at further exploration and community projects utilizing this technology.
  • 🖌️ Runway's new motion brush feature allows users to selectively animate parts of an image frame, marking a step forward in AI-assisted animation and VFX workflows.
  • 🎥 Pabs announced its upcoming 1.0 version, offering a website platform and showcasing animation potential with a video created by Matan Cohen Grummy.
  • 🏆 Congratulations to David Clark for winning the P Labs Halloween competition, highlighting the growing talent in AI filmmaking.
  • 📅 The Curious Refuge and Epidemic Sound AI holiday film competition is currently ongoing, with a December 6th deadline for entries.
  • 🤖 Open AI's Dev Day revealed updates including an expanded knowledge base, longer input prompts, and the introduction of customizable AI chatbots for specific tasks.

Q & A

  • What is the new AI tool introduced in the script called and what does it do?

    -The new AI tool introduced is called 'Korea'. It allows users to sketch and then automatically uses AI to enhance the quality of the sketches, making them more realistic.

  • How does Runway's updated algorithm compare to Pabs in terms of image to video conversion?

    -While both Runway and Pabs produce impressive results, Runway's Gen 2 algorithm is considered slightly better in terms of overall realism and cinematic quality, although Pabs still has a bit more realism when it comes to cinematic movements.

  • What issue does Runway's new algorithm still struggle with?

    -Runway's new algorithm still struggles with exposure problems, where the first few frames of the video may become brighter or darker depending on the uploaded asset.

  • What is the significance of Nicholas Nert's example using Runway's technology?

    -Nicholas Nert's example is significant because it showcases the potential of using AI in filmmaking. He created a cinematic result using text to image and then ran the image through image to video, demonstrating the technology's capability in creating high-quality cinematic content.

  • What does Runway's new motion brush feature allow users to do?

    -Runway's motion brush feature allows users to selectively animate parts of an image frame by brushing in the areas they want to animate, while keeping everything else static.

  • What is the significance of the SAG strike and its resolution for AI filmmaking?

    -The resolution of the SAG strike includes provisions for AI filmmaking, such as requirements for consent and payment when using an actor's likeness in digital replicas, and allowing the use of synthetic actors with certain conditions. This sets legal and ethical guidelines for the use of AI in film and television production.

  • What is the potential impact of the 1979 Jesus movie using AI for dubbing?

    -The use of AI for dubbing the 1979 Jesus movie into an additional 200 languages with native lip-syncing has significant implications for the future of filmmaking. It suggests that films can reach a wider global audience by automatically dubbing them into multiple languages, enhancing accessibility and potentially increasing their commercial success.

  • How does the new tool 'Blockade' work and what are its implications for virtual productions?

    -Blockade creates a 360-degree world based on user prompts. Users can input a description, such as 'medieval Spanish street', and the tool generates a realistic environment that can be used for VR development, reflection maps, or virtual productions. This tool greatly simplifies the process of creating environments for virtual sets, potentially revolutionizing the way virtual productions are made.

  • What does the study by Oxford suggest about the capabilities of AI in healthcare?

    -The study by Oxford suggests that AI can predict heart attacks up to 10 years in the future by analyzing heart scans. It indicates that AI is more effective than humans at detecting irregularities that might otherwise go unnoticed, highlighting the potential of AI in improving healthcare diagnostics and preventive measures.

  • What is the significance of the AI filmmaking course mentioned in the script?

    -The AI filmmaking course is significant as it offers an opportunity for individuals to learn alongside talented storytellers and industry professionals. The course provides exclusive competitions, job opportunities, and updated video techniques, with a track record of students landing full-time jobs in the field, including in AI filmmaking.

  • What are some of the key updates from OpenAI's Dev Day that are relevant to filmmakers?

    -Key updates from OpenAI's Dev Day include the introduction of AI chatbots that can be customized for specific tasks and shared with others, the ability to use multiple tools within a single chat, and the extension of the knowledge base to more recent years for more up-to-date research. These updates can greatly enhance the creative process and research for filmmakers.



🖌️ Introduction to AI in Sketching and Filmmaking

The paragraph discusses the emergence of a new AI tool called Korea, which enhances the quality of hand-drawn sketches and storyboards. It highlights the broader trend of AI tools improving final images and mentions Runway's algorithm update for better quality. A side-by-side comparison of Runway and PABs showcases the strengths of each, with PABs having more realistic cinematic movements and Runway offering greater camera control. The text-to-video comparison favors Runway for its enhanced realism. The paragraph also notes Runway's exposure issue and shares an inspiring example from Nicholas Nert, demonstrating the potential of AI in filmmaking. It concludes with a prediction that AI tools will revolutionize the film and TV industry within a few years.


📹 Advancements in AI Video and Animation Tools

This paragraph delves into the capabilities of Runway's new motion brush feature, which allows users to selectively animate parts of an image. It provides a practical example using a photo of a burning house to demonstrate the tool's ease of use and potential for creating realistic animations. The paragraph also discusses PABs' upcoming web-based version and highlights the animation potential showcased in a video by Matan Cohen. It mentions a film competition and the release of an AI holiday film competition by Curious Refuge and Epidemic Sound. Additionally, it covers Meta's research on a new video editing model and OpenAI's Emu edit tool, emphasizing the interactive nature of AI filmmaking.


🤖 Customizable AI Chat Bots and Industry News

The paragraph focuses on the introduction of customizable AI chat bots from OpenAI, which can be programmed for specific tasks and shared with others. It provides a step-by-step guide on creating a screenwriting-focused AI bot and discusses its potential for providing tailored advice. The paragraph also covers significant announcements from OpenAI's Dev day, including an updated knowledge base, extended API capabilities, and the ability to use multiple tools in a single chat. It highlights the potential of AI chat bots in enhancing creativity and concludes with news about Sam Altman's departure and potential return as OpenAI's CEO, as well as Elon Musk's new language model.


🌐 AI Tools for Filmmaking and Virtual Production

This section discusses the new AI tool called Blockade, which generates 360-degree worlds based on user prompts, and its implications for virtual production. It also mentions the BFX Festival's showcase of Curious Refuge films and the release of an AI filmmaking course. The paragraph highlights the benefits of the course, including industry connections, competitions, and updated techniques. It also touches on dubbing news, where the 1979 Jesus movie is being expanded to more languages using AI, and the implications of the recent SAG strike, including wage increases, bonuses, and new rules for digital replicas and synthetic actors.


🎥 AI Film Showcase and Heart Attack Prediction Study

The final paragraph showcases three AI films: a fashion project by a Curious Refuge community member, a film called 'The Merge' created for the P Labs Halloween contest, and a rap video entirely generated by AI using Uberduck. It applauds the creativity and experimentation in AI filmmaking. The paragraph concludes with a study from Oxford that highlights AI's ability to predict heart attacks up to 10 years in advance, emphasizing the growing capabilities of AI in various fields.



💡AI film making

AI film making refers to the utilization of artificial intelligence technologies in the process of creating films, including but not limited to, scripting, animation, visual effects, and editing. The video discusses various AI tools and their impact on the film industry, highlighting how AI is revolutionizing traditional filmmaking processes by making them more efficient and accessible. For example, the video mentions AI tools like Runway and PABs, which can convert text to video and enhance the quality of sketches or images used in films.

💡AI tools

AI tools are software applications that use artificial intelligence to perform specific tasks, such as image and video generation, text analysis, and automation of various creative processes. In the context of the video, AI tools like Korea, Runway, and PABs are transforming the film industry by offering new ways to create and refine visual content. These tools can automatically improve the quality of sketches, generate realistic videos from text, and even create cinematic results from drone footage.

💡Text to video

Text to video is a technology that converts written scripts or descriptions into visual video content. This process involves AI algorithms understanding the text and generating corresponding images, animations, or live-action footage. In the video, it is discussed how platforms like Runway and PABs have improved their text-to-video algorithms, resulting in more realistic and cinematic outputs, which is a significant advancement for content creators and filmmakers.


Realism in the context of the video refers to the accurate and lifelike representation of elements within films, such as characters, settings, and movements. AI tools are striving to enhance the realism of generated content, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish from actual footage. This is important for filmmakers as it allows for the creation of high-quality visual effects and animations without the need for expensive sets or live-action filming.

💡Cinematic quality

Cinematic quality refers to the production value and visual appeal of a film or video, which includes aspects such as camera movement, lighting, composition, and special effects. The video emphasizes the advancements in AI technology that contribute to achieving a higher cinematic quality in AI-generated content, making it more engaging and visually comparable to traditionally produced films.

💡AI video tool

An AI video tool is a software application that employs artificial intelligence to assist in the creation or manipulation of video content. These tools can automate various aspects of video production, such as editing, color grading, and visual effects, thereby streamlining the process and enabling creators to produce more sophisticated videos with less effort. The video discusses several AI video tools, including Runway and Moon Valley, which offer different capabilities and styles for video production.

💡Virtual production

Virtual production is a filmmaking technique that relies on virtual environments, CGI, and other digital tools to create content without the need for physical sets or locations. This approach leverages technology to generate realistic backdrops, props, and characters, allowing for greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness in the production process. The video mentions the tool 'blockade' that facilitates virtual production by generating 360-degree worlds based on user prompts, which can be used for VR development or as background in films.

💡Digital double

💡SAG strike

The SAG strike refers to a labor dispute involving the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the film and television industry, which resulted in a strike by actors demanding better working conditions and compensation. The video discusses the resolution of the strike, which includes wage increases, bonuses for streaming content, and new rules regarding the use of actors' likeness in digital media.

💡AI-generated content

AI-generated content refers to any material, such as text, images, videos, or audio, that is created or produced by artificial intelligence systems without human intervention. In the context of the video, AI-generated content is a central theme, as it explores the various ways in which AI is being used to create films, animations, and visual effects, often with the goal of achieving results that are indistinguishable from those produced by human artists.

💡Machine learning

Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence that involves the development of algorithms and models that allow computers to learn from and make predictions or decisions based on data. In the video, machine learning is the underlying technology that enables AI tools to improve over time, providing better and more realistic outputs for tasks such as video editing, animation, and film production.


A new AI tool called Korea has been introduced, allowing users to sketch and then automatically enhance the quality of their sketches using AI.

Runway updated their algorithm for better quality, and side-by-side comparisons show improvements in cinematic movements and text-to-video quality.

Nicholas Nert's example of creating cinematic results using Runway's text-to-image and image-to-video showcases the potential of AI in filmmaking.

Runway's new motion brush feature allows for selective editing of image frames, providing more control over animations.

Pabs' upcoming 1.0 version will offer a website platform for using their AI tools, and an example by Matan Cohen Grummy demonstrates the animation potential.

Curious Refuge and Epidemic Sound's AI holiday film competition offers a chance to win up to $5,000 and Christmas sweaters.

Meta is researching a new video editing model using AI, though it's not yet available for public use.

Open AI's Dev Day introduced new features, including an extended knowledge base, longer input prompts, and the ability to use multiple tools within a single chat.

AI chatbots can now be customized for specific tasks and shared with others, offering a new level of personalization and collaboration.

Elon Musk's new Grock language model offers less censorship and real-time access to Twitter's data for more up-to-date information.

Mid Journey's fine-tuning model allows for consistent style creation, though its usefulness for filmmakers is still being evaluated.

Blockade's tool generates a 360-degree world based on prompts, which can be used for VR development or virtual productions.

The 1979 Jesus movie is using AI to translate and dub the film into an additional 200 languages with native lip syncing.

The biggest strike in Hollywood's history came to a close with new agreements regarding wage increases, bonuses, and the use of AI in films.

AI film making course enrollment opens for the December session, offering opportunities to learn from industry professionals and gain access to exclusive resources.

A study by Oxford suggests that AI can predict heart attacks up to 10 years in advance, demonstrating the potential of AI in healthcare.

AI films of the week include a fashion project by a Curious Refuge community member, a film called 'The Merge' created for the P Labs Halloween contest, and a rap video made with AI tool Uberduck.