Faced with the challenge of finding the perfect Mother's Day gift, I turned to artificial intelligence (AI) for inspiration. AI is particularly skilled at addressing "NORA" (Not One Right Answer) questions, and generating a gift idea certainly falls into that category. Among the many AI-recommended ideas, creating a personalized video seemed to strike a chord. Given I enjoy video editing, I decided to bring this idea to life.
Apple Memory video
I initiated the video creation process by selecting meaningful photos from my phone and organizing them into a dedicated album. Apple's memory videos was then used to create a video with the help of AI in the background. It created a short video with some of the pictures and videos in the album, together with music and compelling editing. This AI-created draft video served as a promising starting point, encouraging me to refine the gift further.
Expressing ideas with speech-to-text
After watching the video created by my phone I had suddenly ideas about how I would like the video to look like. To help with that I used an amazing tool called AudioPen.ai, which takes your voice and outputs a summary together with the transcript (you can even speak in Spanish and would create the summary in English for example).
It was liberating to vocalize my thoughts and receive a clear, concise summary of my ideas for enhancing the video. This tool proved to be an effective means of organizing my thoughts and ideas.
Script Creation - The AI Surprise
Next, the summary from Audiopen.ai was copied to ChatGPT, an advanced AI language model. I tasked the AI with a unique context: to function as a video producer, creating a script and suggesting ideas. The quality of the script generated by the AI was impressive; it even suggested appropriate music to enhance the video's emotional appeal.
Here is the prompt I used and the result:
After a few adjustments, back and forth conversation and edits, I got the script finalized. My last task was to edit the video and find appropriate music, for which I also asked ChatGPT to provide webpages where I can find music for the video.
The final result was much better than if I wouldn't have used AI along the way to help me!
AI as a Helper and a Vision for the Future
Reflecting on the experience, I acknowledge that AI played a significant role in reducing friction throughout the creative process. It allowed me to concentrate on the most impactful tasks: selecting the best pictures, providing a creative direction and context for the script, and adding the final personal touches while editing.
The AI was instrumental in executing the other elements, even contributing unique ideas like adding a scene at the end with our child holding a sign that read, "I love you, mom."
As I consider the potential of AI, it's not hard to imagine a future where AI acts as a personal assistant, enhancing our creativity and productivity.
AI is a tool of creation, with that in mind, I leave you with two questions:
- What do you want to create in this world?
- How do you want your life to look like?