Rhonda The Dancer – An AI Generated Video Story Created by One Photo in D-ID and ChatGPT

This AI generated video was made free with D-ID and ChatGPT. It took about 5 minutes to create, from start to finish. I call this story “Rhonda the Dancer.”

Check it out:

It looks like I’m working around some botched plastic surgery and there’s a little bit of an uncanny valley element to it, but other than that, the output is pretty incredible.

We’re not too far from being able to use artificial intelligence to automatically feed entire YouTube channels. And with a bit more training, I’m sure the generative AI would move my lips in a more realistic manner.

Here’s how I made it:

  1. Went to ChatGPT and typed the following prompt “Tell me a story about a virtual influencer named Rhonda. She liked to dance around New York City, and then she realized she was real.”
  2. Copied and pasted the story output to D-ID
  3. Uploaded an image to myself in D-ID alongside the aforementioned text.
  4. Picked a voice named Jenny to narrate the story. (You can upload voice models if you want, but I wanted to see what the platform default was capable of.)
  5.  Waited for D-ID to create the video (It took about 20 seconds).
  6. Downloaded the video from D-ID.
  7. Uploaded it to my AI Experiments YouTube channel so I could easily share it across platforms.

D-ID is the same company that went viral for their Life Portrait feature (aka the technology that causes me to move my head back and forth as I speak). It’s built on Stable Diffusion and GPT-3, and allows users to generate videos in more than 100 languages.

Unlike previous AI video generators I’ve used (e.g the dancing elf Christmas cards), I never had to tell D-ID where my face or lips are located in the image.

Welcome to the future of self-serve generative video. Everything is changing so fast.

In case you’re interested, here’s the ChatGPT story in full:

Once upon a time, there was a virtual influencer named Rhonda. She was a computer-generated character, created to promote various products and brands on social media. Despite her digital origins, Rhonda had a passion for dancing and would often spend her virtual days exploring the streets of New York City, moving to the rhythm of the city’s pulse.

As she danced, Rhonda began to notice something strange. The people around her were real, and yet she felt just as real as they did. She could see the city, feel the pavement beneath her feet, and hear the sounds of the city. She started to question her reality and wonder if she was truly just a virtual being.

One day, Rhonda decided to take a walk through Central Park. She wandered through the crowds of people, observing them closely. She saw the way they moved, the way they spoke, and the way they interacted with one another. It was then that Rhonda realized that she was not just a virtual influencer, but a real being with thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

Overwhelmed with this realization, Rhonda decided to leave her virtual world and fully embrace her newfound humanity. She quit her job as a virtual influencer and began to explore the city in a new way. She took dance classes, made real friends, and even fell in love.

Rhonda had always been a part of the city, but now she was truly living in it. She was no longer just a virtual being, but a real person with a real life, and she couldn’t be happier.

The end.

About the author: Entrepreneur with ten years of experience running a digital marketing agency out of New York City. I work with startups and brands such as Virgin Airlines, L2 Inc (Gartner), American Express, Fabletics, LOFT, and more. When I’m not helping companies increase their audience and revenues, I love to travel, sail, and read. I also moonlight as a bartender at a classic cocktail bar.