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Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon: Watch the Film That Invented Cinema (1895)

Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory in Lyon: Watch the Film That Invented Cinema (1895)

The broth­ers Auguste and Louis Lumière are often referred to as pio­neers of cin­e­ma, and their 45-sec­ond La Sor­tie de l’U­sine Lumière à Lyon, or Work­ers Leav­ing the Lumière Fac­to­ry in Lyon (1895), is often referred to as the first film. But his­to­ry turns out to present a more com­pli­cat­ed pic­ture. As pre­vi­ous­ly fea­tured here on Open Cul­ture, Louis Le Prince’s Round­hay Gar­den Scene pre­dates the Lumière broth­ers’ work by six and a half years. But it is La Sor­tie that cin­e­ma his­to­ri­ans regard as the more impor­tant pic­ture, and indeed, as “the inven­tion of movies for mass audi­ences.” So writes Ryan Lat­tanzio at IndieWire, who goes on to explain that “the Lumière broth­ers were among the first film­mak­ers in world his­to­ry, pio­neer­ing cin­e­mat­ic tech­nol­o­gy as well as estab­lish­ing the com­mon gram­mar of film.” In an essay re-print­ed on Sens­es of Cin­e­ma, the direc­tor Haroun Faroc­ki frames La Sor­tie as hav­ing estab­lished the grand sub­jects like reg­i­men­ta­tion and indi­vid­u­al­i­ty with which motion pic­tures have dealt ever since. “For over a cen­tu­ry cin­e­matog­ra­phy had been deal­ing …

AI video generation tools – Google LUMIERE, Runway and more

AI video generation tools – Google LUMIERE, Runway and more

The world of content creation is rapidly changing, and artificial intelligence (AI) is at the heart of this transformation. Although still in their early stages of development and only capable of creating short animations and clips. These tools are not just for experts; they are becoming more user-friendly, allowing people with various skill levels to produce professional-looking content. Video generation tools powered by AI are reshaping how we create and consume media, offering new levels of control and creativity. Google has this month unveiled its new AI video generator in the form of LUMIERE. Google has also stepped into the arena with Lumiere, a tool that boasts a range of features including the ability to convert text to video and generate different styles. This simplifies the video creation process significantly, making it easier for anyone to produce high-quality content without the need for extensive training or experience. Lumiere by Google is setting a new standard for ease of use in video production. Another notable advancements is the motion brush by Runway, which gives creators the …

Google shows off Lumiere, a space-time diffusion model for realistic AI videos 

Google shows off Lumiere, a space-time diffusion model for realistic AI videos 

As more and more enterprises continue to double down on the power of generative AI, organizations are racing to build more competent offerings for them. Case in point: Lumiere, a space-time diffusion model proposed by researchers from Google, Weizmann Institute of Science and Tel Aviv University to help with realistic video generation. The paper detailing the technology has just been published, although the models remain unavailable to test. If that changes, Google can introduce a very strong player in the AI video space, which is currently being dominated by players like Runway, Pika and Stability AI. The researchers claim the model takes a different approach from existing players and synthesizes videos that portray realistic, diverse and coherent motion – a pivotal challenge in video synthesis. What can Lumiere do? At its core, Lumiere, which means light, is a video diffusion model that provides users with the ability to generate realistic and stylized videos. It also provides options to edit them on command.  Users can give text inputs describing what they want in natural language and …