Get your virtual YouTube career started today with the following apps.
What the hell is a Vtuber exactly? Well, put simply, a Vtuber can best be described as an online personality who disguises their appearance using a custom digital avatar.
The trend has been around for some time but has only recently gained steam in the United States, thanks in large part to popular figures such as PewDiePie, Pokimane, and a variety of other influential personalities.
Today, I’ll be showing you how to create your very own Vtuber avatar. Now, it should be noted that there are a variety of programs available online to help you get started on your virtual YouTuber career. Today, we’ll be showing you just a few options we feel as though are perfect for those dipping their toes into the water for the first time.
First, let’s talk about Ready Player Me. The simplest option on our list, Ready Player Me does not require any additional software to use. Simply head to readyplayer.me via a standard web browser and scan your face using a webcam to automatically generate your own virtual being. You can then manually fine-tune your avatar using a variety of customizations before exporting your creation.
The results aren’t perfect, but it’s an incredibly easy way of getting your own custom avatar up-and-running within a matter of minutes. You can even import your virtual being straight into social VR platform VRChat or download an FBX file.
Next up, we have FaceRig. This is a great option for those looking to capture just their upper body movements, such as Twitch streamers or YouTube creators.
Using a standard webcam, the FaceRig software tracks everything from your facial expressions and eye movements to your lips and head position with an incredible level of accuracy. There’s even a bit of shoulder movement as well; not a great amount per se, but enough to deliver a genuine sense of 3D. The app includes a variety of predesigned characters you can jump straight into as well as the ability to import your own creations.
The consumer version of FaceRig is available for $14.99 via Steam and can be used to create monetized content. If you’re making more than $400 per month in revenue, however, the company requires that you upgrade to the pro version for $64.99. You’re then free to earn as much dough as you’d like using the app.
And finally, our last and most robust option on the list, there’s Vroid Studio. Available free via Steam, Vroid is a great option for those looking to create anime-style avatars. You can customize your hair, skin tone, eye shape, body size, clothing; pretty much everything about your appearance. You can use your creations for both commercial and noncommercial use, whether it be 2D entertainment or VR.
There’s a bit of a learning curve, but once you get a handle on the software you’ll be able to make some pretty significant changes to your avatar, allowing you to better set yourself apart from the growing sea of amateur Vtubers.
And there you have it! Three easy-to-use solutions to help get you started on your career as a Vtuber. As I mentioned earlier, there is a growing catalog of Vtuber software available online; these are just a handful of our favorites we’ve discovered so far.
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