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Video editing has long been considered an artform that requires human creativity, judgement and taste. However, in recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has made major inroads into many creative fields, including video editing. There are now several AI-powered video editing tools available that can automate parts or even all of the video editing process.
AI has played an increasing role in video editing, automating certain tasks and enhancing the overall editing process. AI-powered tools can assist in tasks such as object recognition, scene detection, automated tagging, and even generating automatic edits based on predefined styles or templates.
AI tools are often used as aids to speed up certain aspects of the editing workflow, improve efficiency, or provide creative suggestions. These tools can help automate repetitive tasks, allowing editors to focus more on the creative aspects of their work.
So has AI finally taken over from human video editors?
The short answer is no, at least not yet.
AI has not completely taken over video editing in the sense of replacing human editors. Skilled video editors still play a crucial role in the creative decision-making process, storytelling, and overall artistic direction of a video project.
Some of the key things AI currently struggles with include:
- Storytelling – AI cannot yet replace a human editor’s ability to craft a compelling story and narrative arc, or make creative pacing and editing choices. The storytelling part of video editing remains firmly in human hands.
- Judgement calls – AI tools can automate basic editing tasks like splicing clips together, adding transitions and doing color correction. But human judgement is still required for higher level decisions like what clips to use, what edits to make to achieve the right tone or pace, etc.
- Creativity – Humans are still far more creative, able to come up with editing styles, techniques and flourishes that an AI cannot conceive of, at least not yet. AI is more robotic without human imagination.
- Customization – Human editors can tailor their editing precisely to the video, genre and target audience. AI tools largely rely on generalized algorithms rather than customizing output.
As AI video editing tools are rapidly evolving, human creativity, judgement and customization ability means video editing remains a distinctly human endeavor for now. AI can certainly assist human editors by automating some basic tasks, but it cannot fully replace the complex decision making and artistry required for high quality video editing. The rise of AI edited videos may still be some years away.
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