Next-level Deepfake Avatars for Zoom

My attempts with Facerig have been fun, but I’ve learned of a tool that lets you use the technology behind deepfake videos to turn faces of famous people into your avatar on Zoom or Skype.

Programmer Ali Aliev used the open-source code from the “First Order Motion Model for Image Animation,” published on the arxiv preprint server earlier this year, to build Avatarify. First Order Motion, developed by researchers at the University of Trento in Italy as well as Snap, Inc., drives a photo of a person using a video of another person—such as footage of an actor—without any prior training on the target image.


The software can be found here on Github. I can’t use it because the software currently requires a CUDA-compatible NVIDIA GPU, which I don’t have, but maybe it’ll be made to work on low-power laptop integrated graphics chips as well.