Synthesia Webcam Avatars

Learn about Webcam avatars and how to create them in Synthesia.

Updated over a week ago

What is a Webcam Avatar?

In simple terms, a WebCam Avatar is an avatar that resembles you, and you can create videos using it. The difference between Custom Avatars and Webcam Avatars is that you can create a Webcam Avatar through your own Webcam or laptop camera, eliminating the need to film in Synthesia.

Currently, your Webcam avatar will not have your voice, but you can choose from our broad selection of synthetic voices.

Please note that in order to create a Webcam avatar, you must be at least 18 years of age.

Here is an example of what a WebCam Avatar looks like.

How to Create a Webcam Avatar

A Webcam avatar can be created by recording 2 minutes of footage of you speaking on camera with your Webcam. During the recording, you will be provided with a teleprompter that displays a script for you to read through.

To create your Webcam Avatar, after purchasing, click the Avatar button in the right-hand menu.

Click on the Create your own avatar button located in the top left corner.

A pop-up will appear allowing you to Get started with your WebCam Avatar. Click on it to begin.

To submit your Webcam avatar, follow these steps:

  1. Review the setup instructions.

  2. Record your consent.

  3. Follow the recording instructions for creating your avatar.

  4. Record your avatar.

  5. Submit your recording.

Footage Requirements

Webcam Avatar - Set Up Instructions

Webcam Avatar - Performance Instructions

We recommend ensuring that the camera is stable, and that you remain relaxed while recording. Additionally, make sure you have a strong internet connection and are using the best computer and WebCam available to you, as this will impact the quality of your avatar.

It's a good idea to loosely memorise the script before recording. This allows you to focus on speaking clearly and looking into the camera, rather than reading from the script. Doing so will make your performance and avatar appear more natural.

Q: What framings are available for a Webcam Avatar?

A: At present, we only offer a close-up framing, which captures your avatar from the mid-torso up.

Q: How long does it take to produce a Webcam Avatar?

A: Once you submit your footage, it takes 5 business days to create your WebCam avatar. It will then be delivered directly to your Synthesia account.

Your WebCam avatar will only be visible to you, and will appear in the avatar menu alongside our stock avatars.

Q: What security measures do you have for Webcam Avatars?

A: Your Webcam avatar is only available in your account, unless you specify otherwise.

We require explicit consent from the person creating the avatar. This means that it is impossible to impersonate people such as a celebrity or politician without their consent.

Q: Can I turn footage of a cartoon character into a Webcam avatar?

A: It is not possible to take footage of cartoon characters and turn them into WebCam avatars.

How to purchase additional Webcam Avatars

Annual plan users are now able to purchase additional Webcam Avatars by contacting our Support Team.

Each add-on is priced (ex-VAT) at:

  • USD 240 / year

  • EUR 216 / year

  • GBP 192 / year

  • INR 16,499 / year

Web avatar add-ons will be displayed in your Billing section of your Account Settings as shown below.

Need more help?

For any other issues, please contact our Support Team. They will be happy to provide further assistance and help you with any questions or concerns.

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