Online meetings on Zoom or Skype can get boring at times. With more people using video conferencing apps while working from home during the pandemic, users are looking for new ways to spice up their endless video calls by changing backgrounds and applying filters.
Now, you can take things a notch higher by crashing online meetings as Elon Musk. A new open-source tool named Avatarify lets you impersonate celebrities using deepfake filters when you are bored of seeing your own face in the small camera window.
Deepfake In Video Calls Via Avatarify
The tool Avatarify can superimpose someone else’s face onto yours in real-time, during a video conference. Its developer Ali Aliev used the open-source code from the “First Order Motion Model for Image Animation” to create Avatarify.
The usual face-swapping algorithms such as deepfakes need to be trained on the face you want to swap. This requires several images of the face you’re trying to animate. However, the First Order Motion doesn’t require any prior training on the target image.
So Avatarify can face-swap in real-time by training the algorithm on similar categories of the target (like faces).
Aliev told Motherboard that the First Order Model “worked fast enough to drive an avatar real-time.” And he was able to develop a prototype within a couple of hours.
Elon Musk Deepfake In Online Meetings
The developer decided to test his program and have some fun with his colleagues by pretending to be Elon Musk who joins the meeting accidentally. He even created a video of the same and you could judge by the surprised reactions that Aliev managed to fool his colleagues for quite some time.
If you look carefully, you’d be able to tell that it’s a fake Elon Musk but the eyes and head move around quite well. So it makes up for a neat trick that could last for seconds or maybe even minutes — depending on how easy it is to fool your friends 😛.
Here’s another video of Aliev morphing his face into other well-known figures like Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, hip-hop star Eminem, and even Albert Einstein!
Those who’d like to try it out can find its code on GitHub and run it on Windows, macOS, and Linux. A word of caution here: even though the code is accessible, you’d still require some programming knowledge and decent hardware to run the program.
To enjoy the deepfakes in video calls, you’d have to run Zoom or Skype along with streaming software and Avatarify (simultaneously) which requires significant computing power.