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When copyrights make finding video soundtracks hard, this A.I. musician can help

To help social media’s content creators find music for their videos that isn’t protected by copyright, photo- and video-editing app PicsArt created an artificially intelligent musician that composes endless, rights-free music. Simply called A.I. Music, it shows up as a new tab in the app’s video editor and automatically generates music based on a mood or activity.

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The A.I. is trained on a library of more than 1 million songs, giving it the ability to come up with its own jingles. Creators simply choose the mood, activity, or genre, and A.I. Music generates a song to match it. PicsArt says the A.I.-generated music will never be replicated, a potentially huge advantage over the free stock jingles normally paired with slideshow and video software. The A.I. is also able to write music without time constraints, erasing the concern of finding a song long enough to fit a video without looping.

In our early test of the feature, it sounded surprisingly good. The music built as the song progressed, illustrating an understanding of music structure, although the end was abrupt. Songs still feel closer to the prepacked music that comes with basic slideshow software than anything composed by humans, but offers a definite improvement over any basic stock music. The feature feels made for Instagram Stories, but offers potential for YouTube and TikTok too.

How music is labeled, however, is not consistently accurate. “Sleep” produced white noise and relaxing lullabies, but “peaceful” sounded more like a dance jam.

The app itself is also missing some features for working with audio. You can’t mix the music with the video’s existing audio, for example, or fade the music out. Fortunately, if what the A.I. spits out on the first go isn’t up to par, you can tap “regenerate” to have it try again.

A.I. music is available now on iOS, with Android support coming later this year. PicsArt is one of the best photo- and video-editing apps, going beyond basic filters with options for layering and remixing media together. The app was one of the top-grossing photo and video apps worldwide in 2019.


Nixplay Smart Photo Frame review

The Nixplay Smart Photo Frame, available in a variety of sizes, is a Wi-Fi digital picture frame that displays your favorite images. Similar to traditional picture frames you can hang it on a wall or prop it up on a table. Unlike the one on your grandmother’s wall, it can cycle through more than 2,000 pictures.This is the sort of product you’d gift to parents and grandparents as you can send photos or playlists directly to them. Additionally, it might be a good product for new parents, newlyweds, or college students who might want to keep an eye on things back home. It works just as well to give one of these to someone as it would be to receive on.There are a different sizes and finishes available so it ought to be no problem finding the right fit for your home. And because of its flexibility, you can move it to different rooms or environments without hassle.The 10.1-inch version features a 1280 x 800 HD image that’s bright, easy to see from a variety of angles, and works in both landscape and portrait orientation. As one might expect from a device like this in 2020, there is support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.The built-in motion sensor is able to identify whether there are people in the room which means it automatically turns itself off.Configuration and SetupSetting up the Nixplay Frame includes creating an account, pairing your frame to it, and adding photos. Using the mobile app you can manually add photos, but we found it easier to manage it from the website.Once logged in, you can pair your social media accounts with their respective library or albums. That includes Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Verizon Cloud.It’s also in this dashboard where you can set up timers to turn on and off the frame. Additionally, you can shuffle the playlist, opt to display a clock, adjust the transitions between photos, and more.If you’re purchasing one of these for a family member or friend, you’ll be able to set it all up and essentially make it a turn-key gift. All you’ll have to do is set it on the right Wi-Fi network.We appreciate that you can make as many adjustments that you can, especially to keep things updated. There’s no need to insert a microSD card or plug into the frame. Anything done in the cloud is automatically updated.As for the Google Assistant stuff, it’s more or less just being able to turn the frame on and off using your voice. It’s handy, but not necessary. Amazon Alexa appears to have a little deeper integration with options to pull up specific playlists. 1 of 4 The viewing angles on the frame are really good and we found it to provide sharp color and high contrast. Some of the transitions do feel a tad dated, however, they are quick. Fortunately, you can opt for longer delays between changing and decide which transition you want.Where to BuyYou can learn more about the Nixplay Smart Photo Frame at the company’s official website. There, you’ll find it available to purchase for about $180. A limited time discount sees the company taking $27 off, bringing the total to just $153.There are also other sizes to choose from, ranging from 9.7-inches up to 15.6-inches. From the looks of it, there are often chances to save on your frame. Be it centered around a holiday or just an instant discount, it pays to look.

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