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Maricris Bonzo
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Becoming a Vtuber (#1)

Hi there πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. I was recently introduced to the world of Virtual Streamers/Youtubers/Influencers by my partner. He sent me the video below, where I learned all about CodeMiko 😍.

I thought Vtubing was WAY cool; being free to create whatever world you wanted. But it wasn't until I watched Ready Player One that I realized how much I wanted to create my own fully-interactive avatar.

Woops, link's broken!

"In 2045 the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS: an expansive virtual reality universe created by eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that's hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger." (via)

I absolutely love how this movie shares a positive sentiment about virtual reality and gaming, and also touches on the significance of human connection IRL πŸ’ž. Oh, and let's not forget how it clearly portrays the valid fear conscious people have against unconscious corporations πŸ‘πŸ».

Anyways, I was so excited to look into the virtual streaming space after finishing the movie that I even tweeted about it 😜. And guess what? Codemiko actually responded back with some words of encouragement 🀯!

Woops, link's broken!(Original Tweet)

So here I am, doing my research as to how, what and why I’m going to do this. I find that turning my thoughts into a blog helps me learn the material better. So I'll be documenting my journey to becoming a Vtuber here. Who knows? Maybe these blogs could help others who are on a similar path!

Alright. Here we go πŸ₯΅πŸŒ±.

The first step I take before starting any fun project is to ask hellof' questions and do my research πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ (actually, this is something I'll be doing for the entire journey πŸ˜…).

Here are the Q & A's I've collected today (def not in any particular order; more like a 🧠 dump):

1. Why do I want to be a Vtuber?
Because it looks like a whole lotta' fun πŸ₯³.

2. What is a Virtual Streamer/Youtuber/Influencer?
Blackwings from Reddit gives a great, simple answer:

β€œThey’re voice actors behind an animated avatar.” (via)

3. How does the Vtuber landscape look like?
Woops, link's broken! (via)

4. What skills do I need to become a Vtuber?

  • Skills mentioned by Live3D worth noting:
    • Figure out who your character's going to be (e.g. What's their soul like? What are their characteristics? What will be their iconic intro?)
    • Create a model/avatar for your character. Again, it's like humans beings...we have a soul, and then the body is our soul's home/temple πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€―. The avatar will be my character's home.
    • Choose the (initial) main direction(s) of your avatar. (For my avatar, I'm envisioning live-streams of either lightning talks, coding tutorials & interviews 🀩✨.)
  • Skills inspired by Concept Art Empire:
    • Fundamentals Of Art
    • Fundamentals of 3D Modeling
    • Fundamentals of 3D Rigging

5. How can I make an avatar?
Here's a link that might help: Setting Up a Character by Unreal Engine

6. How can I make a scene for my avatar?
Again, found a link that might help: Build a Detective's Office Game Environment by Unreal Engine

7. How can I do livestreams with my avatar, inside of my scene?
I'll need to look into one of these Twitch Integrations for Unreal Engine.

8. How do I create a fully-interactive avatar?
A fully-interactive avatar like CodeMiko is just a voice-over avatar that's being livestreamed via a platform that allows for fun interactions (e.g. the audience could send a specific msg to make her do something quirky). So, to make a fully-interactive avatar, I'll need to design the streaming session to be interactive πŸ€”.

9. What setup will I need?
Shout out to Xsens for the simple guide to this answer.

  • Facial recognition
    • I've chosen: an iPhoneX attached to a head mount w/ Luxand app installed.
  • Gesture recognition
    • I've chosen: Xsense for full-body gesture recognition & Manus for finger/hand tracking.
  • Animation software
    • I've chosen: Unreal Engine to create my 3D avatar and to serve as my animation software.

Wow πŸ’ΈπŸ€‘, this sure as hell won't be cheap NOR easy, LOL πŸ˜…. I'll likely save up the money for my equipment while I learn, and then slowly build up my knowledge and tools. A fun goal is to stick to my tweet for CodeMiko & send her a coffee chat invite once my avatar and scene is ready πŸ˜„β˜•οΈ.

Alright, send some positive vibes for me. Until next time! πŸ¦„βœ¨

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