5 Essential Steps To Become A VTuber

VTubing, or Virtual Youtubing, has taken the online content creation world by storm, allowing individuals to express themselves through unique virtual personas. If you’re itching to join this exciting community, we’ve got you covered with a step-by-step guide on how to get started. From crafting your own captivating VTuber character to selecting the right streaming platform, these five steps will help pave the way for your VTubing journey.
1. Create Your VTuber Persona
Arguably the most enjoyable part of becoming a VTuber is developing your virtual character. This persona is the face of your content, so take your time to brainstorm and design a character that resonates with you. You have the creative freedom to be anything you desire, whether it’s a mischievous cat, a singing jellyfish, or a home-body god of the underworld. The key is creating a character that stands out while staying true to your personality.
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In addition to appearance, delve into your character’s backstory and lore. This adds depth to your VTuber avatar, making it more engaging as it gives viewers something to connect with and learn about. Remember, your VTuber persona should be a reflection of you, even if it’s a fantastical version.
2. Acquire Your VTuber Model
Once you’ve defined your VTuber persona, it’s time to bring it to life through a digital model. There are various options to consider, including 3D, 2D, and PNG models. You can draw your own model, commission an artist to create a custom one, or buy from the available pre-made models on VTuber marketplaces such as Booth. Websites like VGen and social media platforms are great places to find talented artists specialising in VTuber models.
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It’s worth noting that you don’t need an exceptionally high-quality model to start your VTubing journey. What matters most is that your model captures the essence of your VTuber character and enables you to express yourself effectively.
3. Set-up Streaming Equipment
VTubing requires some basic streaming equipment: a computer with decent processing power, a microphone, and a camera to track your movements. Good lighting would be essential for accurately capturing your expressions and movements. The great news is that you don’t have to break the bank for this equipment. Many VTubers begin with budget-friendly setups, gradually investing as they grow their audience and revenue.
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If you opt for a 3D model and want full-body tracking, you’ll also need motion capture equipment to synchronise your movements with your character. Thankfully, you won’t have to break the bank for this either with cost-effective motion capture systems like AXIS.
Become a 3D VTuber with AXIS
AXIS (Active XR Interface System) is the ultimate solution to elevate your 3D VTuber experience. AXIS empowers you with full-body tracking capabilities, making it a seamless addition to your setup. This untethered motion capture system features interchangeable nodes, offering you the freedom to move without limitations for up to 4 hours before needing a recharge.
AXIS brings all these remarkable features together in a user-friendly package. Its wireless, interchangeable nodes grant users a 500ft range of unrestricted movement. What’s more, it boasts a hassle-free suit-up and setup process, allowing you to breathe life into your 3D VTuber effortlessly and conveniently. With AXIS, your VTubing experience becomes more fun and immersive than ever before.
4. Download VTubing Software
To animate your VTuber persona, you’ll need to download software designed for VTubing. Free programs like VTube Studio or VSeeFace are popular choices as they enable you to map your real-world movements onto your virtual character. These software tools also offer customisation options, allowing you to fine-tune animations and rig your character to perfection.
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If you’re interested in full-body tracking with your VTuber model, Virtual Motion Capture (VMC) is an excellent and free option available for download. This software allows you to track your full body movements, bringing an extra layer of realism to your VTuber. To set up full-body tracking on VMC using AXIS, you can find a comprehensive tutorial on our YouTube channel here.
This tutorial will guide you through the process, offering step-by-step instructions to help you integrate full-body tracking seamlessly into your VTubing setup. While the previously mentioned software options like VTube Studio and VSeeFace cater to facial and upper body motion tracking, VMC with AXIS extends this capability to encompass full-body movement, significantly enhancing the immersion of your VTuber content.
5. Select Your Stream Platforms
Your VTubing journey won’t be complete without selecting the right platforms to share your content. Websites like Twitch and YouTube are the most popular choices for VTubers due to their large user bases. However, consider exploring specialised VTuber platforms like VStream, which may offer a more tailored experience for your audience.
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Choose the platform that aligns with your goals and content style. Research the platforms to understand their features and reach, as it’s crucial to be where your target audience is most active.
As you embark on your VTubing adventure, remember to have fun. Flexibility is one of the most attractive aspects of VTubing. You can always make changes to your character or equipment as you grow and evolve. Whether you’re on a low-cost or high-end setup, VTubing is accessible and affordable, making it an exciting avenue for content creation. So, dive in, embrace your creativity, and let your virtual journey begin.
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