OpenAI just dropped a new Sora video to promote TED Talks — and the video is explosive

AI video from Sora to promote TED Talks
(Image credit: OpenAI Sora/AI generated by Paul Trillo)

OpenAI's latest Sora video is a rapid fly-through of innovation, conversation and hints of red as the company uses its flagship video product to promote a new season of TED Talks.

The motion is slightly nausea inducing and takes you on a rollercoaster ride through research labs, factories and lecture halls before finishing on a shot of someone giving a talk on stage.

It has been designed to promote the new season of TED talks which will focus on artificial intelligence by exploring what TED will cover in 40 years time.

This is the latest Sora release from a professional video producer rather than the OpenAI team themselves and follows nature documentaries, music videos and short films about a man with a bubble head.

How to make a video with OpenAI Sora

Currently only a small group of OpenAI approved artists and creators can make anything using Sora as it is a closed system. That is expected to change later this year as OpenAI looks to integrate Sora into ChatGPT and third-party tools like Adobe Premiere Pro.

The TED Talks was created using Sora by LA based director Paul Trillo. He said to get the final 1:33 clip he had to create over 330 clips from text prompts then edit them down.

The final video was made up of a total of 25 clips, all made by Sora. Everything but the TED logo was generated by Sora, so all the motion and individual shots were AI generated.

Trillo said it was: “Really fun to explore techniques I have done in the past with this new tool. Unlocks a lot of new ideas.”

This is a sentiment many of the creatives given early access to Sora have expressed, suggesting it could lead to entirely new ways of telling stories with visuals.

What can we see in the new video

OpenAI Sora

(Image credit: OpenAI Sora/AI generated by Don Allen II)

The video opens with what looks like an explosion, the camera zooms rapidly forward into the explosion and that kicks off a "through the looking glass" like journey of discovery.

You then fly over a number of cities, going into different types of buildings. At first you see someone giving at alk and the zoom continues into factories, experiments and more.

Every few scenes we get another person giving a talk against a red background, likely designed to simulate a TED talk, before more shots of experiments and research.

It is a compelling and well done video with music by Jacques. It gives a solid indication of what is possible with generative AI video when put in the hands of artists and in my opinion further supports the idea that rather than replace creatives, it will unleash a new era of creativity.

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