This week Stability AI unveils Stable Video Diffusion, an innovative AI model designed to breathe life into static images, transforming them into dynamic videos. This move propels Stability into a select group, as one of the rare providers of open-source AI video-generating models available both for public and commercial use.
History suggests that AI research previews, including Stability's own, may eventually find their way onto the dark web. This raises concerns about the potential misuse of Stability AI video, especially considering its apparent lack of a built-in content filter.
Stable Video Diffusion introduces two models: SVD and SVD-XT. SVD crafts 576x1024 videos in 14 frames from static images, while SVD-XT, sharing the same architecture, ups the frame count to 24. Both models exhibit flexibility in video-generating AI from three to 30 frames per second.
A whitepaper accompanying the release discloses that SVD and SVD-XT underwent initial training on a vast dataset of millions of videos. The subsequent "fine-tuning" phase involved a smaller set of hundreds of thousands to around a million clips. The origin of these videos remains unclear, potentially posing legal and ethical challenges if copyrighted material was inadvertently included.
Despite potential concerns, both SVD and SVD-XT produce high-quality four-second clips, rivaling outputs from industry giants like Meta, and Google, and emerging startups Runway and Pika Labs. However, Stability acknowledges limitations, including the inability to generate videos without motion, respond to text prompts, render legible text, or consistently depict faces and people accurately.
Looking ahead, Stability envisions diverse applications for Stable Video Diffusion, planning to introduce additional models that build on and extend SVD and SVD-XT.
Stability AI faces challenges on the financial front. Reports from April indicate financial strain, prompting an executive hunt to bolster sales. Delays in wage payments and payroll taxes, coupled with a threat from AWS to revoke access to GPU instances, underscore the company's financial struggles.
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