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Veo, Google's Sora competitor, is hyped by Donald Glover

Veo, Google's Sora competitor, is hyped by Donald Glover

Google has demoed an AI video generator to take on OpenAI's Sora with the help of creative renaissance man Donald Glover. The model is called the Veo, and while no clear launch date or rollout plans have been announced, the demo shows a Sora-like product, apparently capable of producing high-quality, convincing video.

What is “cool” about VEO? “You can make mistakes fast,” Glover said in a video shown during Google's I/O 2024 livestream. “At the end of the day what you really want—at least in art—is just to make mistakes fast.”


Credit: Mashable screenshot from Google Promo

“Veo creates high-quality 1080p videos from text image and video prompts,” said Google DeepMind CEO Demas Hassabis, speaking on stage in Hawaii at Google I/O. This makes the Veo a one-of-a-kind tool, with resolution at Sora's highest setting. A slider shown in the demo shows that the Veo video spans a little over a minute in length, which is also the approximate length of a Sora video.

Since both Veo and Sora are unreleased products, there is little point in trying to compare them in detail at this point. However, according to Hasabis, the interface will allow Veo users to “further edit their videos using additional gestures.” This would be a function that Sora does not currently have according to creators who have been granted access.

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What was Veo trained on? This is currently unclear. About a month ago, YouTube CEO Neil Mohan told Bloomberg That if OpenAI used YouTube videos to train Sora, it would be a “clear violation” of YouTube's terms of service. However, YouTube's parent company Alphabet is also owned by Google, which created View. Mohan pointed out strongly in this Bloomberg interview that YouTube feeds content to Google's AI models, but only, he claims, when users sign off on it.

What we do know about the creation of Veo is that, according to Hasabis, the model is the culmination of many similar projects by Google and DeepMind, including DeepMind's Generative Query Network (GQN) research. Reprinted in 2018.last year video poet, Google's initial video generator Fenaki.and Google's Lumierewhich was demoed earlier this year.

Glover's specific AI-enabled filmmaking plans have not been announced. According to the video at I/O, Glover says he's been “interested in AI for a few years now” and that he approached Google — and apparently not the other way around. “We got in touch with some people at Google and they were working on something of their own, so we're all meeting,” Glover says in Google's View demo video.

There is currently no way for the general public to try Veo, but there is one. Waitlist Signup Page.

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