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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Pika 1.0: A New Contender in AI Video Generation

Pika Labs has just launched Pika 1.0, their cutting-edge artificial intelligence video model. Best part? It's currently free for anyone to sign up and have a play with.

Pika 1.0, announced earlier this month, has been gradually rolled out, with the company taking on board feedback from early users to enhance the service before its general release. This launch comes amidst rising competition in the AI video arena, with big names like Runway introducing new features like Ambient Motion, and image tools like Leonardo adding video capability with Motion.

So, what's the fuss about Pika 1.0? This web-based tool allows you to generate short video clips from an image, video or text prompts. Plus, you can customise the movement and appearance to your liking.

Getting access to Pika 1.0 is a piece of cake. It boasts a lively Discord community with regular competitions and creator jams, as well as a user-friendly website. The website, Pika.Art, also features a library of creations from other users for inspiration.

Currently, Pika 1.0 is free to use, with the only caveat being the embedded Pika Labs watermark on all created clips. It's also for non-commercial use, and all clips created are shared publicly.

You can register with a Discord or a Google account, but if you're already on Discord, that's your best bet. It gives you access to the wider community, where you can pick up tips and advice on using Pika 1.0 and video generation tools in general.

In my test run of the tool, I found it to be user-friendly, responsive and relatively customisable. It does have some "slow motion" and distortion issues, similar to other models, but the team is constantly working on improvements.

Pika 1.0 is a significant leap in the generative video space. You can generate video from a text, image or video prompt, which is a step up from Runway, where video-to-video is restricted to its Gen-1 model.

While it's still early days for video generation, with the first commercial model only released earlier this year, the field is evolving at a rapid pace. Pika Labs' decision to offer access to Pika 1.0 for free is a fantastic opportunity to experiment with new tech early on. So, why not give it a go?

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