Runway ML’s Gen-2 AI video generator leaps forward in resolution, fidelity, and consistency


Runway ML has released an update to its Gen-2 video generator that significantly improves the fidelity and consistency of video results.

Image generators like DALL-E 3 and Midjourney have come a long way in terms of detail and photorealism in a short period of time. A similar evolution seems to be underway in video AI tools.

Runway Gen-2 has only been publicly available since June 2023, but has made great strides in that time. Recently, Runway Gen-2 has undergone several significant enhancements. Most recently, Runway added a “Director Mode” and increased the maximum length of generated clips to 18 seconds.

Runway’s Creative Director, Jamie Umpherson, comments on the latest update:



Gen-2 is a new kind of camera. It didn’t exist 5 months ago. The idea alone was far fetched. Until it wasn’t. Today, it got an update. And it’s a significant step forward. For fidelity. For consistency. For anyone, anywhere with a story to tell.

Jamie Umpherson, Head of Creative at Runway ML

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Runway has also improved the resolution

As noted by Twitter user @TomLikesRobots, the latest update also allows Gen-2 to handle a much higher resolution of 2,816 x 1,536 pixels (compared to 1,792 x 1,024 pixels) when creating videos from an existing image. This means that Gen-2 exceeds the limit of the popular Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

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The redesigned video model is now available on the Runway website and in the iOS app.

Runway honors winners of “Gen:48” short film competition

Along with the release of the Gen-2 update, Runway ML has announced the winners of the first “GEN:48” contest, which showcases the current capabilities of the video model. The contest gave Prompt Engineers 48 hours to produce a short movie between one and four minutes in length using Gen-2.


Runway ML features all the winning works on a dedicated page.

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