The Rise of AI: Using AI To Generate Animation

In this series of blogs, we’re exploring how AI can be used during different stages of our animation production process. In our last posts we explored how AI could be used for video or animation scripts, and to generate animation graphics. Now that we have our AI script and graphics, it’s time to move onto the next stage of the production process. In this post we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using AI to generate animations.

Using AI to generate animation

In addition to using AI to help generate animation scripts and graphics, there are also AI tools that you can use to generate entire animations. Let’s look at some of these tools below:

Vyond
Vyond is a tool that enables you to create an animation video using AI quickly and easily. You start by either generating a script from a text prompt as we covered in our earlier blog on using AI to help generate animation scripts or base the video on a pre-written script. It will then build an animation from the script. Once you have the animation, you’ll be able to edit it within the application. You can make changes to elements such as characters, on-screen text and the pace, tone and pitch of the voice over. If you’re looking to share animations with international audiences, the tool enables you to create them in over 70 languages.

Animaker
Another AI animation tool is Animaker. Like Vyond, you start the process by entering a text prompt, but with Animaker you also select the tone of the animation before it is generated. You can also select the animation style based on a variety of pre-designed templates. For the voice over, you can either select from over 50 text-to-speech converter voices or record your own voice. For international audiences, Animaker supports over 25 languages. Once the animation has been generated, you can customise different elements such as the characters and their expressions. When it comes to branding, you can import your own assets like images and logos.

Using AI to enhance the animation process

In addition to using AI tools to generate your entire animation, there are also AI tools that help you to streamline certain parts of the animation process. These tools help animators to save time rather than replacing the role of the animator. Let’s explore some of these tools below:

Cascadeur
If you’re creating animations in 3D, whether that’s for film production, visual effects or game development, Cascadeur uses AI technology to help animators create and refine character animation. This tool speeds up the animation process by using AI to assist with rigging, blending and motion editing.

DeepMotion
Another AI tool that is used to assist animators in film production, visual effects and game development is DeepMotion. DeepMotion uses AI technology to create 3D character animations based on motion capture and body tracking. This tool can help to create animations with realistic character movement and facial expressions.

The Pros:

Time efficient
By using AI tools to generate animations or streamline elements of the animation process can save you time. Unlike the conventional animation process that requires time at each stage (such as scripting, illustration, voice over, music and animating) AI-powered tools can generate a complete animation in a matter of moments.

Cost efficient
A knock-on effect of saving time using AI tools to generate animations is saving money. As we’ve mentioned above, the conventional animation process includes scripting, illustration, voice over, music and animating. Each of these elements requires the time of at least one professional. By using an AI tool, you don’t need to budget for the time of these creatives.

Accessible
AI-powered animation tools are designed to be used by anyone. They cut out the need to be an expert in any creative field as well as the need to invest in the various tools required when creating an animation. This means that anyone, whether they’re a freelancer, SME or part of a larger organisation can easily create animated videos for their business.

The Cons:

Limited customisation
As we’ve discussed above, AI animation tools such as Vyond and Animaker generate animations from a bank of pre-existing characters, assets and templates. Although elements of these can be customised, you are still left with an animation that will look like others created by using the same tool.

Lack of artistry
Leading on from the limited customisation is the lack of artistry involved in generating animations with AI. The script, characters and style of the animation won’t be tailored to the client’s brand or requirements. This can result in impersonal and generic animations that fail to meet the clients brief and do not resonate with audiences on an emotional level.

Dependence on external data
Whether you’re generating a script, characters or a complete animation using AI tools, the output will be based on the quantity and quality of training data available to the algorithms. This can lead to inaccuracies, inconsistencies and unintended biases.

Using AI to generate animation or to streamline your animation production process has both advantages and disadvantages. Although AI animation generation tools are accessible and can save you money and time, they produce generic and sometimes inaccurate content that lacks artistry.

If you’re looking to develop animated videos for your business, contact us today at info@hyperfinemedia.co.uk.