FaceRig is face motion tracking software that allows you to replace your face with that of a fox, a fairy, a demon, or any number of digital characters while on video calls with friends over Skype, Google Hangouts, or other similar programs.
Making chat more fun than ever
What exactly is FaceRig you ask? Well, it is a facial recognition program that uses your webcam to track parts of your face which it then maps onto an avatar of your choice to animate it. The output can be played on Skype, Twitch, and other similar services.
FaceRig does all of this in real-time letting your avatar move with you as you speak, mapping your voice and gestures. This is possible because FaceRig encodes the audio and video output from your camera and then acts as a virtual webcam which it relays to your video chat.
Among the possible avatars are monsters, animals, wizards, and a few licensed characters from games (such as Octodad). If you wish to make it more realistic there are also human characters available!
Thus, FaceRig allows you to chat in partially anonymity not showing your real face.
FaceRig is currently still growing despite now being out of Beta. Occasionally it suffers some delay in synchronization between you and your onscreen image, and there are plenty of other small bugs.
Despite this, there is clearly great potential for the program. It promises to become a fun tool for all those who love to chat with their friends on PC.
Currently FaceRig is only available through Steam and you have to have an account in order to download it.
Fun with faces
The potential of FaceRig is clear for everyone to see, and you will see even more potential if you use either VoIP programs or play video games.