Of all the "make money online" business models that were impacted by the rise of AI, YouTube just might sit atop them all.
There are so many tools available that it's getting extremely difficult to even come up with a rational excuse for why you aren't growing a channel-
(This is particularly true for creators who want to create faceless YouTube channels.)
-tools that can help with...
In this post, I'm going to share the AI tools YouTubers need to know about right now.
Keep in mind, you don't need all of them, and many of them have overlapping features.
I know, I know. This one is too obvious and most of you already know about it, but I'd be remiss to not include it.
Don't let the fact that it's getting saturated in hype fool you into thinking it isn't still one of the most powerful tools for YouTubers.
Here are a few example prompts you can try out.
ChatGPT is an AI-powered text-to-video tool that can help YouTubers quickly create engaging video content. With ChatGPT, you can input a script or text, and the tool will generate a video based on the content, complete with background audio.
I go into deeper detail on specific prompts YouTubers can use inside of ChatGPT that you should definitely check out after reading this post.
Learn more at: OpenAI.com
VidIQ is a powerful SEO tool for YouTubers. It offers a range of features, including keyword research, video analytics, and competitor analysis; it helps YouTubers optimize their content for maximum visibility and engagement.
Now, until 2023, I was a TubeBuddy loyalist, but VidIQ recently implemented new AI features that really set it apart, so I had to switch.
Some of VidIQs AI driven features include:
- Live AI powered ChatBot for your YouTube questions.
- Autosuggest and append titles, tags, and descriptions.
- 50 AI generated video topic ideas per day.
The mobile app is filled to the gills with AI functionality, too.
Learn more at: VidIQ.com
Invideo or Pictory.AI
These are swiss-army-knife video tools that do different things. However, they both do one thing really well that made me include them on this list.
Invideo and Pictory.AI can take your text from blog posts or audio scripts and turn them into video content. These are extremely powerful tools for content repurposing and getting more out of what you've already created.
Invideo is more of a full scale video editing tool, while Pictory very much specializes in the content repurposing aspect.
Learn more at: Invideo.io and Pictory.ai
Mubert or Soundraw
Both of these tools help provide AI powered audio that can be used, copyright and royalty free, on your videos and channels.
Mubert is an AI-powered music generator that creates unique background music for your videos. You can input your desired mood or genre, and the tool will generate music that fits your specifications.
Soundraw is another AI-powered music generator that can help YouTubers create custom background music for their videos. The tool offers a range of genres and moods to choose from, allowing YouTubers to find the perfect sound for their content.
Learn more at: Mubert.com and Soundraw.io
Created by the team that built RunwayML (more on that soon), Gen 1 allows users to turn text into videos. It's AI art put into motion.
At the time of this publication (March 15th, 2023), this is still in beta and only available to a select number of users, of which, sadly, I am not.
I'll be updating this post if it comes out to the public, and I can access it.
Learn more at: this crazy URL.
Play.HT, Resemble.AI or Descript
Play.HT and Descript both create "overdubs" or "deep fake" audio.
Deep fakes are audio bites that sound as if someone else said them when they really didn't. When done correctly, these can be nearly indistinguishable from the person's true voice.
Overdubs allow you to turn text into your own voice. For example, if I recorded a podcast episode and said "Tune in next Saturday for our live show," and the show was actually going to be on Sunday, I could replace the word "Saturday" with "Sunday," and it would sound like I actually said it.
Descript does much more than that, though. It's a full scale video editing program that many creators use exclusively, instead of other tools like Premier Pro, Screenflow, and Camtasia.
Play.HT is focused solely on audio and offers more customization for the AI voices you use.
Learn more at: Play.ht, Resemble.ai and Descript.com
RunwayML is an AI-powered tool that does a lot of wildly useful tasks for image and video editing and creation.
It started as a tool for general editing and composition, but their specialized suite of "AI Magic Tools" has become the reason that I keep coming back each day.
My favorites are these... (click the image below to enlarge).
There are 22 other tools inside as well. Most are just outside of my level of expertise!
Learn more at: Runway.Ml
ClipMaker.ai helps you turn long form content from your YouTube channel into short form content for TikTok and Instagram. It can even schedule the completed videos for your channels.
Learn more at: ClipMaker.ai
MidJourney is an AI-powered tool that can help YouTubers create graphics for their videos or video thumbnails. I've been using MidJourney lately for YouTube thumbnails, and it's been a lot of fun. And the results are solid!
Learn more at: Midjourney.com
Turn your YouTube playlists into chatbots for your followers. These get their power from volume, so if you don't have at least 20+ hours of recordings in your playlist, skip this until you do.
Learn more at: AddContext.XYZ
Let me preface this entry by saying that I despise this technology in its current form. It's creepy and makes the most upsetting episodes of Black Mirror seem tame. However, I'd be remiss to not include it.
D-ID lets you create talking avatars who will read any text you give it.
Here's an example I made.
The text can be entered manually or with a little help from GPT-3, which is built in.
Learn more at: D-ID.com
Ever wonder how people get all those short video clips from popular shows and movies to appear in their videos? There are several ways to do this, but one easy method is using GetYarn.
GetYarn is a search engine for short video clips you can download and (theoretically) use in your YouTube videos.
For example, let's say I want to add some humor to a video where I just said "wow, that's pretty crazy."
I could type in "that's pretty crazy" into GetYarn and it would give me a ton of options from commonly recognized shows and movies like Backdraft or tv shows like The Big Bang Theory, Bob's Burgers and Community.
People use these clips in their videos all the time, but I can't guarantee that you won't receive any copyright claims. Use at your own discretion.
Learn more at: GetYarn.io
Gling helps detect and remove gaps of silence in your videos. It is like a lean version of Descript built just for this specific feature.
I've used tools like this in the past, but this one stood out as particularly powerful.
Not only did it detect silences in my videos and cut them, but it also detected pieces where I misspoke, and I had to redo them!
Learn more at: Gling.ai
Are there any that you think I missed? Let me know down in the comments!