VTubing is essentially live streaming, but instead of displaying your face, your facial expressions and movements are being tracked on a digital avatar. Vtubing has become much more accessible, with an exceptional amount of users browsing Vtubing content on YouTube.
Equipment Needed to Be a Vtuber
Where to Get an Avatar for Vtubing
Vtubing avatars can cost either $0 or go up to triple digits depending on how complex the vtubing avatar will be. It might have really detailed face animations or a varied amount. The vtubing avatar might stretch beyond facial expressions and has animations for a full-bodied model. All of these factors drive up the cost, so it’s important to know your options. Let’s take a look at a few.
1. Commission an Avatar
If you want something unique, but aren’t particularly artistic, your best choice is to commission an artist to create a Vtuber model for you. The price of an avatar can vary wildly depending on the complexity of the Vtubing model. Make sure to outline clearly what it is you want from your vtube model, so the artist can create your model as accurately as possible!
Check out artists on Fiverr, a freelance marketplace of designers and artists. You can search through portfolios to find the right artist (and pricing) for you.
2. Purchase a premade avatar
Some creators have marketplaces where they sell premade Vtuber models. Websites such as Sketchfab are a great way to explore some creations, and if you like them, you can contact these artists directly!
3. Create Your Own
The first option is to create your own avatar! Obviously, this is the cheapest choice; however, it does require some experience in understanding Modelling. However, there are options such as VTuber Maker on Steam, which attempts to create a streamlined and easy experience for new vtubers to create their own models. If you do have 3D Modelling experience, another great option is using Blender, which is a free software used for 3D Modelling.
Software Needed to Be a Vtuber
For Vtubing, naturally, you’ll need software that can interpret webcams feed and use it to make your Vtuber model come to life! Let’s take a look at some of the best Vtubing software on the market.
The two main low-budget options are Wakaru and Facerig, both of which you can download via Steam. Wakura is free but isn’t as robust as Facerig, so you might have some small hiccups along the way. The face tracking pretty much just syncs the lips, iris, and head movement and can be difficult to get used to and run smoothly. Wakaru allows the use of MMD and VRM models, which gives you more freedom in finding or building a model that suits you. Wakaru is a fairly good program to use and is very good value considering you get a comprehensive program for free.
As mentioned previously, Facerig is another great alternative. It does have a small cost of $15; however, the experience of using Facerig is superior to Wakaru. The overall facial tracking is less prone to errors, and it overall looks smoother. Facerig also allows you to change the background of where your character is, so for example; you can create a chroma green color and chroma key it out on OBS, giving you a perfect cutout of your avatar! Facerig also allows hand tracking with leap motion controllers if you’d like to show off your Vtubing model’s full potential.
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