While everyone else is busy making ChatGPT and Bing’s chatbot generate multiple personalities, I’ve been experimenting with converting my text content into a video format with really awesome-looking characters combining Midjourney’s AI image generation with D-ID’s ability to do lipsync AI video creation.

Create Your Unique “Talking Head” Avatar With Midjourney AI Images

The first step is to apply a little bit of creativity to the AI image platform and input a prompt that will get you a front profile image of a character for D-ID to animate. You will not get away with just a flat line for the mouth, their software needs to detect where the eyes, nose, and mouth are, it will then do some “head movement” in addition to lip-syncing. This means that horns, hair, or other parts of the image will remain flat, and non-animated.

cyberpunk SEO arcade robot portrait with human features –ar 3:2

I use the “aspect ratio” command of 3:2 to get the width wider than the height, to better fit the general “landscape” layout of the video. There are dozens of different art styles to choose, from or themes to fit your particular brand. SEO Arcade is nerdy, arcady and sci-fi so let’s go for a cyberpunk girl.

Now Let’s Animate Our Midjourney Image

Add your image as an avatar to D-ID

Once you’ve downloaded your portrait-style image from Midjourney, it’s time to visit D-ID, and upload your new image.

  • Medium Shot, Frontal facing
  • Neutral facial expression, closed mouth
  • The minimal head size within the image is 200x200x
  • Good and solid lighting
  • Size -up to 10MB
  • No face occlusions (stuff in front of the face)

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Add Your Voice: Recording or Text To Speech

There’s a fair selection available of basic AI voices, with the American ones even giving you the option to be angry, cheerful, sad, friendly or helpful which changes some tone and inflection. In this case, I went with a New Zealand accent, for funsies.

Improve The Voice By Providing It Yourself (Or use better AI)

I recommend Play.ht if you want a more realistic voice you can’t tell RIGHT away is AI.
Here’s the same script but with Play.ht’s more advanced AI voice choice.

Make quick summary or recap videos

This is a new, unique tool that could let you re-purpose your written text into video format, or make a typical tweet jump out from the rest.

How Much Do These AI Services Cost?

Midjourney gives general users a few free credits, but you need at least a basic monthly subscription to have general Commercial license to the images you generate. Free accounts are Non-Commercial Creative Commons. When you have at least a Basic account, “You own all Assets You create with the Services, to the extent possible under current law”. Basic is $10 a month, Pr is $30 a month.

D-ID gives you 10 minutes a month for $5.99, so it’s better for short snippets than long videos. It’s $299 a month for 65 minutes, which is $4 a minute so you would want to really have a plan for larger-scale use to get a proper ROI. I haven’t seen any other tools or real competitors to the “talking-head” animation yet, if anyone has a suggestion tweet it at me!

BTW Play.ht is $19 a month for 20,000 words for that improved AI reading voice.

Create AI-generated image with MidjourneyUse Midjourney’s AI image platform and input a prompt to generate a front profile image of a character for D-ID to animate. Ensure that the image has good lighting, no occlusions, and a minimal size of 200×200 pixels.
Upload image to D-ID and animateUpload the generated image to D-ID and select the “medium shot, frontal facing” option with a “neutral facial expression and closed mouth.” D-ID will animate the image by lip-syncing and adding head movement.
Add voice to the animated videoChoose from a selection of basic AI voices or record your voice to add to the video. Use a tool like Play.ht for more realistic AI-generated voiceovers.
Create summary or recap videosUse the AI-generated video to create summary or recap videos by repurposing written text.
Cost of using Midjourney and D-ID AI servicesMidjourney provides free credits for general users but requires at least a basic monthly subscription for a general commercial license. D-ID charges $5.99 for 10 minutes a month and $299 a month for 65 minutes. Play.ht costs $19 a month.

Examples of AI animation videos

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Jeremy Rivera

Jeremy Rivera started in SEO in 2007, working at Advanced Access a hosting company for Realtors. He came up from the support department, where people kept asking "How do I rank in Google" and found in the process of answering that question an entire career. He became SEO product manager of Homes.com, went "in-house" at Raven Tools in Nashville in 2013. He then worked at several agencies like Caddis, 2 The Top Design as an SEO manager and then launched a 5 year freelance SEO career. During that time he consulted for large enterprise sites like Smile Direct Club, Dr. Axe, HCA, Logan's Roadhouse and Captain D's while also helping literally hundreds of small business owners get found in search results. He has authored blog posts at Authority Labs, Raven Tools, Wix, Search Engine Land. He has been a speaker at many SEO conferences like Craft Content and been interviewed in numerous SEO focused podcasts.