Welcome to the sensational world of VTubing! With new options available to you, instead of just the basic camera or no-camera stream, VTubing is an incredible approach to content creation. It gives you the ability to customize your character, and a chance to connect with new viewers and fellow streamers alike.

Melimenji

Menji is a Honduran architect and content creator. As a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, they aspire to reach people that have similar interests in horror games, K-Pop, art and discussion of sometimes difficult topics about world issues. Menji also includes gaming, art and architecture analysis in their streams.

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“Have fun! Creating content is all about you having fun and sharing that with people all over the internet. There’s no rules as to what to do and there’s so many things you can try. Don’t be afraid. That thing you’re thinking about trying out? Try it.”

-Melimenji

In this form of live-streaming, you use an avatar to stream instead of a webcam. Some VTubers create themselves in animation, others create entirely new personas and original characters. There is a creative liberty that VTubing provides in your experience as a content creator, an opportunity to build a whole new world for your community. There is lots of freedom to explore new horizons and broaden your scope as a creator

Spofie

Spofie is a Lalafell Vtuber, 5 year Twitch partner, and 2020 Twitch ambassador. She has a passion for creating cozy content and fostering an inclusive environment. She streams every night, and while her primary content is Final Fantasy 14 focused, she also makes sure to do at least one variety night a week to explore other games. Some of her favorites are RPGs, indies, and strategy games, but the channel has showcased a wide array of genres!

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“I found myself continuously less comfortable with presenting myself on camera for stream. I deal with pretty severe body dysmorphia, and it was preventing me from excelling at what I loved doing, streaming. For a while, I tried to just stream without a camera, and while it helped relieve that feeling, I didn’t feel like I could have the same personal connection with my community that I had while on camera. Entering the VTubing scene made a world of difference in my ability to be comfortable streaming, while also expressing my creativity and sense of self.”

-Spofie

Salamimeats

VTuber Salamimeats is a bunny-rabbit God who runs a deli - with the power of 100% vegan friendly meat! Come swing by the deli for a bite to eat and a chance to chat with an ancient deity.

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“I have very bad anxiety about how I look while streaming so I was never able to use a webcam due to this. I definitely feel like I am able to be myself with the use of my VTuber.”

-Salamimeats

VTubing itself is a fairly new medium, introduced to the content creation world casually around 2016. This medium exploded in 2020 after the use of VTubers by larger streamers who were known normally for showing their faces on stream. This form of content creation used to be much rarer due to technical and financial constraints. In recent years, streaming as a VTuber has become much more accessible through intuitive technology, that is thankfully less expensive than before.

Keyokku

Keyokku, otherwise known as Key or Emi, is a VTuber, Twitch streamer, illustrator, designer, singer, songwriter and writer. They have a professional background as a brand strategist, product & graphic designer, entrepreneur, commission artist for VTuber models & streaming overlays. Key regularly provides VTuber assets and educational resources to new and existing community members, and facilitates community servers and events.

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“VTubing was able to unify all my past content creation activities, experience, and skills. Instead of having to separate music, art, writing, I can do it all and express myself via VTubing. VTubing allows me to just be myself, as I am inside. It helped me with self discovery, gender expression and self expression, more free from the expectations and limitations of society and conformity. During COVID of course, being at home and being an unkempt mess at times, it helped me to be productive, socialize and find purpose. My usual introversion and social anxieties are mitigated in online spaces and VTubing helps with that.”

-Keyokku

Becoming a VTuber, or even a PNGTuber for completely free is fairly simple. There will just be limitations to what you can do and how customizable you can make your model. But with time, practice, and a little bit of savings – the choices in your VTubing journey are endless.

Joton

Joton is a variety VTuber with a focus on unplanned "let's see what happens" kind of streams. Their VTuber original character is the head witch of the Stella Lepus Academy of Magic. The Stella Lepus community is filled with lore and creativity, with students uncovering the story of Joton's world with their engagement.

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“VTubing has created a space where I can feel comfortable streaming and be myself. It’s also become a way for me to tell a story through my character and community, which has been so fulfilling for me.”

-Joton

Download VRoid Studio to create an avatar for free, pick a software like 3tene or veseeface that allows you to motion cap and virtual camera your avatar, and then overlay that virtual camera as a camera source in your streaming software. Voilà! You have a fully-functional VTuber avatar. This method doesn’t have full customization features, but it is fairly intuitive for a free method that requires little technical knowledge.

So what are some basics you should know before you dive into the world of VTubing?  We spoke to industry professionals of various sizes and experiences to bring you everything you need to know when getting started.  SpofieSpofie is a Lalafell Vtuber, 5 year Twitch partner, and 2020 Twitch ambassador. She has a passion for creating cozy content and fostering an inclusive environment. She streams every night, and while her primary content is Final Fantasy 14 focused, she also makes sure to do at least one variety night a week to explore other games. Some of her favorites are RPGs, indies, and strategy games, but the channel has showcased a wide array of genres!She/Her “VTubing is awesome because you are only limited by your imagination and your model’s artist’s capabilities. You have constant control over the timing of your character’s expressions, as well as different characters and accessories you want...

There is a lot of work that goes into prepping your VTuber avatar for stream, but what happens when it is time to press LIVE?  In this module we will be covering the basic technical aspects in setting up your VTubing streams for success. We are going to break down the process and talk about what each step means and you will get first-hand recommendations from a variety of streamers, regarding industry software. Prepare Your Avatar’s Design As mentioned in the last module, you are going to need the art of your character before moving any further.  There are commissioned, DIY and hybrid options when it comes to creating your avatar so choose accordingly. Becoming a VTuber used to be a little more complicated than it is now. VTubing has become much more affordable and accessible with new programs that allow you to create a fully pre-rigged VTuber with minimal...

What is a PNGTuber? A PNGTuber is a specific creator type within the VTubing community that uses PNG images of an avatar with different emotions to express themselves while creating content. This method can be used to produce a variety of live streams or recorded content and provides a different experience then using a video camera and your own face.  KeyokkuKeyokku, otherwise known as Key or Emi, is a VTuber, Twitch streamer, illustrator, designer, singer, songwriter and writer. They have a professional background as a brand strategist, product & graphic designer, entrepreneur, commission artist for VTuber models & streaming overlays. Key regularly provides VTuber assets and educational resources to new and existing community members, and facilitates community servers and events.She/He/They“Most VTubers probably start off with a 3D VRoid [Studio model] or a PNGTuber to test the waters before the full model commitment.” -Keyokku This is a little different from a...

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