FaceRig is a program that aims to enable anyone with a webcam to digitally embody awesome characters. The output can be recorded as a movie or streamed to Skype, Twitch, Hangouts or any service that traditionally uses a webcam in real time.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,458 reviews) - 84% of the 2,458 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Jul 7, 2015

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February 4

FaceRig Update : Meet Cupid

Hello awesome people!

For this year's Valentine's day.... Cupid is up to no good!
New update on Steam with one new Free Avatar! Yes, Cupid is real ^.^


As a heads up! The Live2D Avatar Creation Contest is live and ends on February 19. Almost two more weeks to go! We can't wait to see what you create.

[EDIT: 10.02.2015 ]

FaceRig v1.372 - nextversion only Change log:

  • Launcher rework
  • Karaoke UI updated
  • Small tweak to galleries icon loading (loading was blocking the whole UI, now it's asynchronous)
  • Avatars with no icon (like some of the ones on workshop) will automatically receive one (a screenshot) so that they may be easier to find in the gallery.
  • There were reports of movie export crashes, we've done some minor modifications to solve that.

    Have a lovely week,
    The FaceRig Team

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January 22

Live2D Avatar Creation Contest

Hello awesome people!

Are you ready for a new FaceRig creative contest? Now is your chance to show the world your art skills and win amazing prizes in the process!
This contest is open to any Live2D avatar creator, no purchase required! (though if you do have FaceRig and the Live2D module, you are eligible for an extra special prize given out by Live2D).
If you want to read the full version of the contest rules (with legal provisions) you can do so here, in English: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3yQ7NfJbn4JVi1IUmNBWTI4ZFk&usp=sharing

Who can enter ?
Anyone who has created or is willing to create an original Live2D model compatible with the FaceRig avatar specs. Keep in mind that most of the contest rewards are various FaceRig license codes, so to actually enjoy the spoils you will need to have (or make) a Steam account, and to have access to a Windows PC capable of running FaceRig.

How many winners will there be?
10 winners plus 2 Live2D Special Prize winners (12 in total) .

How many prizes will there be?
10 regular prizes and 2 Live2D Special Prizes (one prize per person).

What are the Prizes ?
Each “regular” winner will receive approximately $80 worth of FaceRig codes (US dollars). The list of codes the winners can choose from: FaceRig Classic ($14.99) , FaceRig Pro DLC($ 64.99), FaceRig Halloween 2014 Avatars($ 4.99) , FaceRig Halloween Avatars 2015 ($ 4.99), FaceRig Live2D Module ($ 3.99) and FaceRig Winter Holidays Avatars 2015 ($ 4.99). The winners get to choose what codes they want as long as the total of the prize is close to (but not over) $80.

Each Live2D Special Prize winner will receive a license of the Live2D Cubism Editor PRO - indie edition (worth $240), and a bonus FaceRig PRO DLC($ 64.99).

How to enter the race for one of the 10 awesome prizes:
Create your own unique 2D avatar in the Live2D Cubism Editor (Free version including 60-day PRO trial available to anyone), make a video of it moving (at least 15 seconds long), post it on YouTube, and submit the link to that video as a reply to this announcement. That’s pretty much it! For more details see the “FAQ and rules” section below.

Special Eligibility terms for the Live2D Special Prize:
To be eligible for the Live2D Special Prize, the movie showcasing your submission has to be captured from FaceRig, and the driving face needs to be visible (you also have to appear in the webcam feed). To that end you’ll need to use a screen or window capture software. There are plenty of good free ones out there like OBS or the evaluation version of FRAPS.
The avatar from that video needs to also be posted on the FaceRig Steam Workshop, functional, when submissions close (we need to be able to download it from the Steam workshop and play with the avatar ourselves).

The technical resources for creating Live2D models are here:
http://www.live2d.com/en/support (available in both English and Japanese)

Technical resources for creating a Live2D avatars from a Live2D model can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/274920/discussions/8/485624149164823989/ in English.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-99Ww6ro_aodkhET1lwWFVFQTQ/view in Japanese.

User-made voice guide in Japanese for creating a 2D avatar for FaceRig

To upload an avatar to the FaceRig Steam Workshop, use this guide: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=333986126

FAQ and Rules overview:

Can I win a regular prize AND a Live2D Special Prize?
No, if you win a Live2D Special prize you cannot also win one of the 10 normal prizes.

Is fanart ok?
No, due to legal reasons the avatar has to classify as an original creation - no copyrighted content. An exception can be made if you do have official permission from the copyright holder (though you will be responsible for getting us proof of that permission before the contest submissions period is over).

May I post a friend’s work ?
No, unless he/she officially mandates you for specifically for this task; in this case, if this submission wins, the winner will be your creator friend, not you, and you will be responsible of ensuring a channel of communication between us and the original creator.

May I submit more than one avatar ?
Yes, but you can only win once.

May I submit an avatar that I have built for FaceRig before the contest started ?
Yes, provided that avatar was not submitted in other FaceRig or Live2D contests before.

May I submit a 3D avatar (not Live2D) ?
No, this contest is for Live2D avatars/models only, created with the Live2D Cubism editor.

Does the video have to be on YouTube ?
We prefer YouTube, but any video sharing site that allow the video to be seen worldwide without a login also work. If we cannot see the video without making an account or jumping through technical hoops, your entry will be disqualified. (For instance NicoNico is not okay, as it requires a login to view the video. Territory-restricted video services are also not okay)

What if I do not have a valid Steam account that can post on the Steam forums ? (for instance a freshly made Steam account, with no purchased products)
If you do not have an activated Steam account with posting privileges, then you can submit the video link to info[at]facerig[dot]com and we will post it on Steam on your behalf - just tell us it is for the contest.

Who is judging?
After the contest ends, Holotech Studios staff will pick the ten “regular” winners, and the two Live2D Special Prize winners will be picked by Live2D.

How long will the submission period be?
The Contest begins at 4:00 p.m. GMT+2 zone on January 22, 2016 and ends at 4:00 p.m. GMT+2 February 19, 2016. Roughly, about a month.

When will the winners be announced?
Judging will last one week and the winners will be announced on February 26, 4:00 p.m GMT+2.

Is any content off-limits ?
Videos may be disqualified if their content is inappropriate, such as excessively lewd behavior, pornographic, are in any way harmful to minors or incite to real-word hate or violence.

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About This Software

FaceRig is a program enabling anyone with a webcam to digitally embody awesome characters. It is meant to be an open creation platform so everybody can make their own characters, backgrounds or props and import them into FaceRig.

FaceRig is being developed by Holotech Studios and the image-based face tracking SDK being used is provided by ULSee Inc. To find out more about ULSee Inc., visit http://ulsee.com or email them at info@ulsee.com. Our previous tracking technology was provided by Visage Technologies.

FaceRig has three versions:
  • FaceRig Classic is the base version of FaceRig, which allows for home non-profit use and even limited monetization on YouTube/Twitch or similar as long as the commercial aspect of it is not significant. We consider commercially significant using it on any avenue (channel) that produces you more than $500 monthly revenue. This includes ad-based revenue and voluntary donations (one time or recurrent such as a Patreon). If you are under this threshold you can use Classic, if you are above you need to upgrade to Pro or Studio.
  • the FaceRig Pro DLC, which allows you to monetize videos on YouTube/Twitch regardless of the monthly revenue, but not for content exclusive to paid/subscription based services, such as the new YouTube Red (for content that is exclusive to YouTube Red or similar you will need FaceRig Studio).
    FaceRig Pro does not bring new assets, technical features or improvements to FaceRig Classic. For more details, take a look at the Pro DLC description
  • the Studio Version, which is not yet publicly released and will allow for unlimited commercial use, as well as access to the expression mo-cap data. For more details about this version, contact Holotech Studios.

We believe that FaceRig will entertain many gamers, modelling and animation artists, members of various fandoms, streamers, web casters, YouTubers and their audiences.
For now we're focusing on just tracking and rendering the portrait with its expressions, but we aim to do more in the future. The FaceRig end goal is to provide a full featured real time digital actor set for home use.

Key Features:
  • Real time head and expression tracking in an input video stream, (also with audio analysis).
  • Combining tracked data with additional virtual puppeteering input.
  • On-the-fly animation re-targeting for the tracked data and applying the animation on a user selected 3d model, with audio processing (voice alteration)
  • Rendering and lighting the animated model in real time, in a user selected background.
  • Encoding the rendered video and sending it further as output from a virtual webcam (it basically intercepts webcam input, and swaps the images captured by your real webcam with the fantastic content before sending it further).
  • Provide the interface for tuning the parameters of all operations above.
  • Customizable avatars
  • Open creation platform: you can make your own models (outside of FaceRig), import and use them as your avatars. The models need to be created according to a set of published specs.

Numeric export of the tracked expression data (exporting the motion capture data to use in other applications) will be a feature reserved for the Studio version. FaceRig Classic and Pro only output already rendered video and audio.

FaceRig is an indie initiative, and its development so far has been successfully crowd-funded through Indiegogo. A warm thank you goes to our amazing backers for their support and enthusiasm.

You can find the EULA here: http://store.steampowered.com//eula/274920_eula_1

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-3220 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT220 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: For image based tracking you need a webcam. For sound base tracking you need a microphone. The requirements are based on desktop systems, not mobile (netbooks, ultrabooks, laptops, tablet pc). The mobile versions of processors and graphics adapters are not equivalent to the desktop ones. If you have a mobile PC please make sure the charger is plugged, you are running on the best graphic adapter and in high performance mode. We do not recommend low end integrated graphics adapters.
    • OS: Windows® 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4570 3.20GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: For image based tracking you need a webcam. For sound base tracking you need a microphone. The requirements are based on desktop systems, not mobile (netbooks, ultrabooks, laptops, tablet pc). The mobile versions of processors and graphics adapters are not equivalent to the desktop ones. If you have a mobile PC please make sure the charger is plugged, you are running on the best graphic adapter and in high performance mode.
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248 of 269 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Posted: December 12, 2015
I can be free from the reality of being a fat virgin in my basement and become an anime girl
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Posted: August 31, 2015
I don't even have a webcam.
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Posted: August 20, 2015
Perfect for skype and alike but also works for different chatsites. Had a lot of fun with it so far and more fun moments to come. "endless gameplay" due to the endless reactions. Overall fun. Full body tracking would be better and buttons to move your fingers but works perfect as it is. It's called FACErig so expected nothing more. Moving your hands was a posetive feature.

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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
My parents said I could be anything... so I became a hamburger!
10/10 would become food again
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84.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
So much better now that you can wear glasses with it, but it still doesn't track eyes correctly. Lips aren't synced as well as I would like them, but that could be my cams fault. Doesn't work well with dark rooms and cams that function bad in dark rooms, so I suggest having a good quality cam if you plan to purchase this. Ran into a few hiccups like missing avatars and files but a simple verify cache seemed to have found the problem.

Overall this is such an amazing program, especially for streamers who hate to live cam and people who just like to troll others on skype and whatnot. The new Natsuko character really needs color options for her clothing and hair, because I simply adore her and wish to customize her to look like me lol. Hope more avatars are added in the future, I need some fries with my burger :)
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