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Runway unveils groundbreaking Gen-3 Alpha model

Runway unveils groundbreaking Gen-3 Alpha model

Groundbreaking Alpha

Runway, a New York City-based AI startup, has unveiled its latest breakthrough in generative AI technology, the Gen-3 Alpha model. This new model can produce hyper-realistic video clips up to 10 seconds long, with high precision in emotional expressions and camera movements. Gen-3 Alpha is a significant advancement in video generation.

Runway describes it as the “first of an upcoming series of models” designed on a new infrastructure for large-scale multimodal training. This development is a step towards building “General World Models” that can represent and simulate a wide range of real-world situations and interactions. A Runway spokesperson explained the technical prowess of the model: “This initial rollout will support 5 and 10-second generations, with noticeably faster generation times.

A 5-second clip takes 45 seconds to generate, and a 10-second clip takes 90 seconds to generate.”

Demo videos are available on Runway’s website and social media, although the precise release date for Gen-3 Alpha has not been disclosed.

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The model will first be accessible to paying subscribers, with plans to offer it to free-tier users later.

Subscription pricing starts at $15 per month or $144 per year. Anastasis Germanidis, Runway’s co-founder, stated on social media that Gen-3 Alpha “will soon be available in the Runway product and will power all existing modes (text-to-video, image-to-video, video-to-video) along with new capabilities enabled by the more advanced model.”

Since the launch of Gen-2 in 2023, Runway has learned that video diffusion models significantly benefit from scaling, leading to powerful visual world representations. Gen-3 Alpha follows this trend, boasting joint training on videos and images through a collaborative effort involving research scientists, engineers, and artists.

However, the specific data sets used for training remain undisclosed. Runway has already partnered with prominent entertainment and media organizations to create custom versions of Gen-3, tailored to meet specific artistic and narrative needs. Previous Runway collaborations include notable projects like the films “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” and “The People’s Joker.”

With the introduction of Gen-3 Alpha, Runway aims to maintain its position as a leading player in the rapidly advancing generative AI video creation space.

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