Genmo’s first-generation AI text-to-video platform has been around for a little while, but now the company is pushing things further with a more powerful version two.
Presented as a messaging-style app (it’s actually called Genmo Chat), you’re greeted with a text box and some suggested prompts to get you started. But if you look just below the text input area, you’ll see that, alongside video, you now have options for creating still images, 3D meshes, and GIFs. And with the generous bundle of daily credits (or in Genmo’s lingo, “fuel”) you can really kick the tires on what Genmo can do.
I started by asking Genmo to generate a couple of looping videos showing a chimpanzee playing drums (because we would all pay to go to see that band), and set the AI running. It took some time to process my request, but I didn’t mind so much as the visual previews were interesting to observe as the AI slowly turned a cloudy, colorful mess into a pair of pretty well-crafted videos of drumming chimps. There was some of the melty-merging that you sometimes see with AI-generated video, but considering the complexity of the prompt, it was still very good.
Genmo was less successful when I asked it to create two still images of chimps sitting at drum kits. The results were almost passable, but it seemed to struggle with the drum sticks, creating strange globs, and even placing a stick outside of one of the chimp’s hands. Personally, I’d say dedicated AI art apps like Dall E-2 are better at this sort of thing, though I appreciate results may vary from prompt to prompt.
One thing that is not subjective is geometry, and on this front, Genmo’s abilities definitely have some way to go. I asked the AI to create two 3D meshes of a basketball. The result? A very bumpy basketball that probably wouldn’t bounce, and a sneaker (?) that was lacking a tongue.
Lastly, the GIF tool wasn’t working for me. That might be user error, but I couldn’t get it to do much.