What We Know About Google Vids: A New AI-Driven Video Creation Tool for Work

What We Know About Google Vids: A New AI-Driven Video Creation Tool for Work

Google recently unveiled a new AI-powered video creation tool called Google Vids at the Google Cloud Next customer conference in Las Vegas. This tool is designed to help users create customized videos for work-related tasks such as making pitches, updating teams, or explaining complex concepts. The primary goal of Google Vids is to make the process of creating videos as simple as possible, even for those without video production experience.

Google Vids is integrated into the Google Workspace productivity suite and is similar to other Google Workspace tools like Docs and Sheets in terms of collaboration and real-time editing. Users can collect assets from Google Drive and other sources, arrange them in a timeline for the video, and add voiceovers or record themselves. The app also offers a library of stock video and audio that users can add to their own Vids.

One of the key features of Google Vids is the integration of Google’s Gemini AI, which can build a storyboard, write a script, read the script aloud using text-to-speech, and create images for the video. This AI assistance allows users to create videos without requiring extensive video production skills. The app also supports collaboration, allowing users to share Vids with others, receive comments, and even edit the video themselves.

Google Vids is positioned not as a tool for crafting cinematic masterpieces but as a practical solution for workplace video needs — from pitches and team updates to the elucidation of complex ideas.

Kristina Behr, Google’s Vice President of Product Management for Workspace collaboration apps, simplifies its essence by stating, “If you can make a slide, you can make a video in Vids,” emphasizing the elimination of the need for traditional video production skills. Its functionality mirrors Google Slides, transformed into a video format, where users gather assets, arrange them on a timeline, and add either voiceovers or personal recordings to create the final video.

Predictably, many of the results may resemble enhanced PowerPoint presentations or those familiar web training modules with inset video commentary. Despite this, the breadth of Google Vids’ potential applications is vast, suggesting its adaptability to a wide array of professional purposes.

Google Vids is currently in limited testing and plans to launch in a public beta this summer. Preliminary data suggests that most Vids are short (under three minutes) and cover topics like pitches, training videos, updates, and celebrations. Google’s significant advantage is its ability to integrate Vids with its many other tools, and there are plans for more integration and mobile support over time.

Summing up, Google Vids is a promising new tool that aims to simplify the video creation process for businesses and individuals. With its AI-driven capabilities and integration with other Google Workspace tools, it has the potential to be a game-changer in the world of video production. As more features are added and user feedback is incorporated, we can expect Google Vids to become an essential tool for businesses of all sizes.

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