The emergence of text-to-video AI technology has gained momentum in recent months, although the highly anticipated OpenAI Sora is not yet accessible for users. However, a new competitor named Dream Machine has just been launched, and you can test it out now.

The key points

(Image credit: Luma AI)

Video resolution: 1360×752
Clip lengths: Five seconds
Training data: unknown
Cost: free tier offers 30 generations per month, paid tiers start at $29.99 / month

Dream Machine is developed by Luma AI, known for its iPhone app that enables 3D photo capture. It now focuses on generative videos, providing a free tier for immediate access with a Google account, albeit with some limitations.

At present, Dream Machine appears to be experiencing delays due to high demand, as indicated on its website. It mentions that “generations take 120 seconds” and that requests are queued. Despite the wait times, the results are impressive.

Dream Machine produces shorter and lower resolution clips compared to competitors like OpenAI’s Sora and Kling AI. It generates five-second clips in 1360×752 resolution based on user prompts, which can be downloaded in a watermarked version.

Despite the delays in processing, our prompt for ‘a close-up of a dog in sunglasses driving a car through Las Vegas at night’ resulted in a clip closely resembling our vision.

The free plan of Dream Machine allows 30 generations per month, with options for more in the Standard, Pro, and Premier paid tiers.

A glimpse into the future of AI videos

Questions remain about the data Luma AI’s tool is trained on, potentially limiting its use beyond personal and recreational purposes. Other free text-to-video tools like Runway’s Gen 2 also exist.

The technical limitations of Dream Machine in handling text and motion require trial-and-error experimentation. However, as an introduction to advanced AI video generators, it is a fun tool to explore.

As the demand for text-to-video generation grows, tools like Dream Machine provide valuable practice, especially with alternatives like Google Veo having long waitlists. Advanced models like OpenAI’s Sora and Kling AI are yet to be widely available.

While the landscape of text-to-video technology evolves, Dream Machine offers a platform for experimentation, despite potential wait times for results.

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