Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are developing at a breakneck pace, and one of the areas where many advancements have been made is video editing. Over the last few years, AI has been introduced to many regions in video editing, thus making it easier to automate specific tedious tasks. 

Automatically Curate And Create Videos

Curate Videos

One of the earliest examples of AI being used in video editing was as far back as 2016 when IBM used its Watson supercomputer to curate video footage for a horror movie trailer. The Watson AI ‘studied’ trailers from other movies and then used what it learned to pick out the potential footage for the trailer.

That case helped illustrate one of the ways in which AI could play a big role in video editing in the future. Conventionally, editors would spend hours on end manually curating video footage, while an AI could accomplish the same task in a fraction of the time.

Another notable example of AI being used is in the recently released Google Clips camera. Essentially the camera makes use of AI to identify short clips to record what it determines to be interesting and learns from user’s preferences to improve itself over time.

Other video editors have started to use AI to curate and help create videos as well. For example in Movavi Video Editor for Mac, there is an automated Montage Wizard tool.

More Intelligence Editing Tools

Video Editing AI

Many of the tools in video editors are starting to be improved using AI as well, and are being transformed to be more ‘intelligent.’ With the use of AI, editing tools can interpret the content of videos more effectively, and that can increase their effectiveness.

Newer mobile devices already heavily use AI to improve the quality of the videos that they record using image stabilization, color correction, and other means. Similarly, video editing platforms have started to produce AI-assisted tools, or in some cases fully automated AI tools.

In the future, it is likely that many other editing tools will start to rely on AI as well, and it could simplify them significantly.

Photorealistic CGI

CGI Animation

Arguably the most exciting way in which AI is being introduced into video editing is in photorealistic CGI. Over the years the quality and realism of CGI have steadily improved, and with AI it has taken a big leap forward.

In the span of the last few years, there have been a lot of examples of AI being used to help produce more realistic looking CGI – such as the ‘fake Obama’ video, or the Tarkin character in the Star Wars movie Rogue One.

While creating a full-fledged CGI character is still far from easy and not quite in the realm of consumer-level video editing just yet – it may very well be in the not so distant future. For now, convincing results still need a multitude of technology and motion capture still plays a significant role.

As AI continues to develop, video editing as a whole is likely to continue to make strides alongside it. Already its role in video editing today is significant, and it is only expected to expand in the future to simplify various tasks and allow users to edit their videos more effectively.