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Best AI Tools for Filmmaking: 40+ Apps All Filmmakers Should Know About

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Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are becoming increasingly popular the world over, and the film and video industry is no exception. These tools help to make the filmmaking process faster, easier, and more efficient.

In this in-depth guide, we will delve into the world of AI filmmaker tools and modern tech for filmmaking. We’ve broken down the guide into sections for everything from writing and story development to image generation to all the categories of post-production. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the best AI tools for filmmakers.

Setting Proper Expectations for Artificial Intelligence

Before we begin, let’s discuss in general what AI can and cannot do for filmmakers. There are many different types of AI, but the two main ones used in filmmaking are machine learning and artificial general intelligence. In general, these are tools that can be extremely helpful, but they’re not going to do your job for you.

Think of them as friendly robotic butlers that can help you by taking care of some of the more mundane, repetitive, and time-consuming tasks.

For example, you can’t say to an AI, “Make a 2-hour animated feature film,” or “edit my movie for me,” and then walk away and wait for the results. I have no idea if or when either of those options could become a reality, but it’s not anytime soon.

Additionally, you’ll always want to verify any factual data that AI provides you. Sometimes AI can get confused about dates, statistics, and other important information. If you’re working with real factual data, be sure to double-check any stats the AI generates.

That said, AI can be extremely helpful when used correctly and with the proper expectations.

AI Writing and Story Development Apps

Obviously, AI writing apps are going to have useful features for screenwriters but are also extremely useful for directors, producers, and any filmmaker that engages in written communication – ie virtually everyone.

In this day and age, AI-powered writing tools offer a multitude of revolutionary features for story development. For instance, AI-based tools can aid with character and plot generators which can save time and spur new ideas and strengthen your stories. These generators can provide some really clever options to help get you out of any creative rut you might find yourself in.

Whether you’re a writer, a director, or a producer, AI writing apps are useful for a broad range of tasks, from screenwriting to email outreach to pretty much anything that involves text, and they’re getting better all the time.

Jasper AI

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Jasper is a very powerful writing assistant that can be useful for filmmakers in many ways.

For screenwriters, Jasper can help you break through writer’s block by providing prompts, options, and new wordings that can restart the creative process. It can help with dialogue, plot ideas, and scene structure, just ask, and Jasper will help.

For directors and producers, Jasper can be a powerful tool to help craft a number of marketing materials, outreach emails, website copy, and more.


ChatGPT

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard a lot about ChatGPT recently, and with good reason. It’s an amazing piece of technology, and as of the writing of this article, it is completely free to use.

ChatGPT can answer your questions. If you are not sure how something works, ask it. Stuck and not sure how to proceed with your story, ask it what it thinks. Similar to Jasper, ChatGPT can help screenwriters with research and break through writer’s block.

What’s more, ChatGPT can create an entire website blog post or create an outline from scratch based on your concepts and ideas.


QuillBot

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Quillbot is another AI writing assistant that focuses on paraphrasing, grammar, spelling, and plagiarism. It can be immensely helpful for proofreading scripts and other text materials.

QuillBot can help quickly scan through thousands of words to fix common errors so you can focus on the bigger picture. This can be especially helpful if you are working with a tight deadline.

Not just for screenwriters, QuillBot can help make sure that your emails, press releases, website copy, and other materials are error-free.


Grammarly

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You probably know this one already; Grammarly, as the name implies, is all about grammar and spelling. It offers an in-depth analysis of your text and can help you make sure that everything is perfect.

While not specifically designed for filmmakers, Grammarly is a must-have tool for anyone who works with words on a regular basis. Whether you’re writing scripts, emails, or anything else involving text, Grammarly will be there to help you make sure it’s perfect.

Others worth mentioning

Dramatron is an AI system created DeepMind (Alphabet/Google’s AI research company) specifically for writing scripts or co-writing them with you. It’s more or less an experiment at this point, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Rytr is an app similar to Jasper but at a lower price point. It doesn’t have all the features of Jasper, but it’s definitely worth a look.

AI Image Generation Apps

The following apps employ a system of natural language processing to create images from text prompts. That means you tell the app what you want to see, and it attempts to create the image for you.

These apps have a number of use cases for filmmakers. In pre-production or development, they could be used for storyboarding or to create tone images that can express cues for everything from lighting and locations to art direction and wardrobe.

With the proper prompts, they can be used to create images of props, sets, movie posters, and any number of image-based materials.

In post-production, they have countless uses, from creating new image assets such as logos and fictional marketing materials to background and matte paintings. The uses are virtually endless, and new ideas are being discovered every day.

Midjourney

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Midjourney is an extremely powerful (and addictive) text-to-image AI app. You can simply tell it what you want to see (a prompt), and it will do its best to create an image to your liking.


Stable Diffusion

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Stable Diffusion is another image generation AI that functions very similarly to Midjourney. However, one primary difference is that Stable Diffusion is open source which means you can install it on your own computer and generate an unlimited number of images without spending a dime. They also offer a paid version that doesn’t require any setup or tech skills to get started.


DALL·E 2

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DALL·E 2 is the creation of OpenAI, the team behind ChatGPT, and it is equally capable of producing some incredible images.

A particularly powerful aspect of DALL·E 2 is its “outpainting” feature, where you can feed the system an image, and it will attempt to expand the image beyond the original canvas creating a new composition.

For example, imagine you have a beautiful close-up of an actor, but the image is in a square aspect ratio, and you’d like to use it for a widescreen storyboard. DALL·E 2 can “paint” in the extra background space to create a widescreen image base.


Topaz Labs

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Topaz Labs offers something a little different from the others above. Theirs is not an image creation app but rather an image enhancement, sharpening, and up-scaling app.

This can be especially useful when working with old photos, damaged photos, or out-of-focus images. They also have video processing tools which we’ll cover in the post-production section of this guide.


Luminar AI / Neo

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Similar to Topaz Labs, Luminar Neo from Skylum is an image enhancement software rather than an image generator such as Midjourney. With the help of AI and machine learning, Luminar is able to make photo editing easy for virtually anyone.

For example, it can quickly and automatically replace the sky in a photo with a number of dramatic or beautiful alternatives. It can also be used to quickly change the mood of an entire image with just a few clicks.


AI Tools for Post-production

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Adobe After Effects

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After Effects utilizes Adobe’s AI called, Adobe Sensei in a number of ways. For example, Content-Aware Fill allows you to quickly paint out unwanted parts of the frame, and AE will fill in the in-between frames.

Roto Brush is another AI-driven tool that makes rotoscope/masking a little bit easier and saves you time, and gives you more accuracy than ever before.


Foundry’s Nuke

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Nuke’s CopyCat is a machine-learning tool released in Nuke 13.0 that solves the seemingly impossible. Complex tasks such as rotoscoping, deblurring, and beauty work that traditionally would take days of manual labor can now be resolved in hours.


Runway

Runway is a comprehensive AI-powered suite of browser-based tools for image and video manipulation. From rotoscoping and object removal to motion tracking and color grading to audio noise reduction, transcription, text-to-image conversion, and more – there are a ton of features and options to put to use here!


Move

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Move is an AI-based motion capture app that allows virtually anyone to use their smartphone to perform motion capture. What would normally require expensive equipment and bizarre-looking spandex suits covered in ping-pong balls can now be done in virtually any environment with just the use of an iPhone.

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ChatGPT

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Listing this one again as it has many uses, and in VFX, you can have it create scripts and expressions for you. This can be extremely useful when you find yourself in a situation where you know that there must be a way to automate a task or an effect, but you don’t know how to write the code.


AI Tools for Editing and Transcription

Adobe Premiere Pro

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Premiere Pro also has a number of AI-based tools that make your job easier. For example, Auto Reframe will automatically reframe images for different aspect ratios when preparing content for different platforms such as YouTube and IGTV, saving time in post-production.


Descript

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Descript is an AI-powered transcription and editing tool. It can create transcripts from audio or video, allowing you to quickly search for keywords or phrases within the interview. Additionally, it now allows you to correct spoken errors simply by rewriting the transcript, and it will generate the new words in the subject’s own voice!


EditingTools

EditingTools is a suite of AI-driven tools for video and image editing. From color correction to facial recognition to AI-generated voices, EditingTools has a suite of tools to make post-production life a little easier.


Blanc

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Blanc is an AI-based video and audio translation platform. It can translate your videos into over 47 languages. This can be extremely useful for filmmakers who are creating content in multiple languages.


Recut x2

Ok, this one is a bit confusing because there are two AI-powered apps called recut with virtually identical URL addresses, one ends in .com and the other .io.

Recut (.com)

Recut (.com) is a powerful AI-driven tool for automatically restructuring and trimming long videos into smaller, more focused, and engaging pieces. Essentially, it helps you to remove silence from your videos.

This is especially useful for creators, educators, and interviewers who might have a long take with many small moments of “dead air.” Recut is a standalone app (for Windows and Mac), and it can export a new video file or an XML so that you can import it into Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro or any other NLE that supports XML.

Recut (.io)

Recut (.io) is a bespoke service that allows you to customize your videos by changing details in your script and having the AI generate new audio and lipsynced video to match the changes.


TimeBolt 

TimeBolt is an AI-powered editing tool that is mostly aimed at creators and podcasters. It can auto-detect and remove silence, can retime to improve the rate of speech without pitch shift, can help to remove “um’s” and other unwanted and unintentional speech patterns, and several other useful features.


Nova AI

Nova AI is a simple AI-driven video editing platform that is available online. In addition to standard video editing tools, it offers automatic transcription as well as translation in 75 languages.


Veed.io

Veed.io is an online video editing software that’s primarily marketed to YouTube automation channels, explainer videos, and training creators. When it comes to AI they have text to voice feature that allows you to upload a script and choose a voice “actor,” and it will output a (fairly) realistic-sounding audio recording.

For filmmakers, this sort of functionality could be useful for generating extemporaneous content. For example, if your film needs to have a YouTube or TV news-style video playing in the background or that a character is reacting to, this software makes it easy to quickly create that extra content.


AI Tools for Color Grading

AI filmmaking tools have revolutionized the film industry by providing advanced capabilities and automated processes and that extends to the art of color grading as well.

DaVinci Resolve Studio

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DaVinci Resolve Studio has a number of AI-powered tools that are available without resorting to a 3rd party app.

DaVinci Neural Engine enabled Face Refinement, Magic Mask, AI dialogue leveler, AI voice isolation Speed Warp, and Detect Scene Cuts tools, just to name a few.

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ColourLab AI

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ColourLab AI is a suite of AI power tools for color grading that offers powerful automatic and semi-automatic color grading to help you achieve professional results quickly. It is available as a stand-alone app and as a plugin for Davinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro.

It also has film stock emulation and film grain features that allow you to match any two sources and achieve the look you want.


Fylm.ai

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Fylm.ai is a browser-based AI tool for color grading that can automatically detect highlights, shadows, and midtones to create more balanced shots. It also has powerful image optimization tools to help you get the best out of your footage.

While not available as a plugin for Resolve or other platforms, you can export ACEScc LUTs to virtually any color grading or NLE app.


Audio / Voice Over AI Tools

AI for filmmakers is rapidly advancing in technology and transforming the way movies and videos are created and produced. One of the most powerful uses of AI for filmmaking is in service of audio or voice-over software.

Flawless AI

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Flawless AI is a tool for fixing and manipulating lip sync. This can be useful in a number of ways, most commonly for lining up ADR so that the audio perfectly matches the lips, but also for dubbed and translated materials.


Altered Studio

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Altered Studio is an AI-driven tool for creating voiceover and audio recordings. Their technology allows you to change your voice (or an actor’s voice) to any of a portfolio or custom voices.


ElevenLabs

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ElevenLabs is an AI-powered tool for creating automated voiceover and audio recordings in a variety of languages. It also has advanced text-to-speech capabilities to help you quickly generate natural-sounding voices for your films.


Deepdub.ai

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Deepdub.ai is another AI-powered tool for audio and video manipulation, specifically the ability to add and produce realistic lip sync. As their name implies, this is a powerful tool for creating dubs (translations) into other languages with synchronized mouth movements.


Neutron

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Neutron by Izotope is a suite of audio mixing tools that can automatically detect and fix audio issues, including low-loudness levels, distortion, and other common audio problems. It also has a number of AI-driven tools that can help to create more natural-sounding vocal performances.


AI Music Tools

Beatoven

Beatoven is an AI-powered music composition platform that can generate tracks in any genre. It uses a combination of generative adversarial networks, artificial intelligence, and deep learning to create unlimited music libraries for your project.


Aiva

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Aiva is a one-click music generation app powered by AI. All you have to do is choose the genre you want and poof it will compose a track for you in seconds. From there you can edit the track or export it in a number of file formats such as WAV, MP3 or Midi.


Magenta Studio

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Magenta Studio is an AI-powered music-generating program developed by Google. It allows you to create custom music and soundtracks in any style or genre, with its library of over 10 million samples.


Amadeus Code

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Amadeus Code is an AI-driven music composition and production platform. It uses natural language processing and machine learning to help you quickly generate new musical ideas with the help of a virtual assistant.


Orb Producer Suite 3

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Orb Producer Suite 3 is an AI-driven suite of music plugins. It allows you to create infinite patterns, melodies, and basslines, as well as explore new sonic possibilities with its advanced AI algorithms and powerful composition tools.


LALAL.AI

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LALAL.AI is an AI-powered vocal remover and music source separation service. It can separate vocal and instrumental elements in mixed music with a high degree of accuracy, allowing you the creative freedom to use the individual assets (stems) as you need.


Evoke Music

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Evoke Music is an AI-generated stock music collection. They offer a large collection of music and a user interface that resembles Epidemic Sound or Artlist. The music doesn’t sound bad either, but the price is problematic at $240 per year for a commercial license; it’s exactly the same price as Epidemic sound and more expensive than Artlist. So what’s the point? If it were a fraction of the cost of the other services, then it would make sense, but at that price, you’re better off using music made by real humans.

Other AI apps for Filmmaking

Notion

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Notion is a productivity tool that blends elements of project management, notes, and calendar, and more. Recently they began integrating AI features similar to ChatGPT directly in Notion. So now, as you are taking notes, or outlining, or doing any other productivity task, you can ask Notion’s AI to help you achieve that task.

One quick example would be if you’re doing research, you could simply prompt Notion for help with that research, and then you can double-check the results at a later date.


Kive

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Kive is an image and inspiration-organizing tool. Imagine a mood board on steroids.

They use AI to automatically tag images that you upload so that you have searchable and easily findable content. As they say on their website, “Organisation with zero effort”.

Additionally, they offer collaboration tools so that you can invite others to view your collections of images.


RivetAI

RivetAI is a somewhat mysterious app currently still in development. It promises to “provide producers and writers with automated script breakdowns, schedules, and estimated budgets throughout the pre-production workflow.”

We’ll keep an eye on this one, as that sounds like a great tool for any producer!

Wrapping Up

AI filmmaking, also known as artificial intelligence filmmaking, is a revolutionary technology that has transformed the way movies are made. Using advanced algorithms and machine learning techniques, AI filmmaking has the ability to analyze vast amounts of data to assist in various aspects of the filmmaking process. From scriptwriting to post-production, AI can generate creative ideas, enhance visual effects, and even predict audience reactions. This emerging field has gained significant attention in the film industry as it offers efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and the potential for groundbreaking innovation. With AI filmmaking, filmmakers now have access to a powerful tool that can streamline production processes, boost creativity, and push the boundaries of storytelling in English and beyond.

The use of AI in filmmaking has increased efficiency by allowing for more sophisticated and accurate simulations in pre-production. This permits a greater number of potential scenarios to be explored without the need for expensive on-set prototyping and trial-and-error processes.

In conclusion, using AI in filmmaking is an exciting opportunity for both creatives and technicians. By leveraging the power of AI, filmmakers can enjoy increased efficiency when it comes to pre-production as well as faster and more accurate post-production.

Filmmakers can also use AI to unlock creativity by allowing them to focus on the most important aspects of their projects while letting the machines take care of the mundane tasks. The dramatic changes that have already occurred in other industries due to AI offer a glimpse of the potential for filmmaking. Moving forward, we can likely expect to see more advances in this arena and additional applications for this rapidly-evolving technology.

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