How To Create A Metaverse Character

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Metaverse character rigging is the detailed process of creating a metaverse character and ensuring that it has all the humanoid features. 

This is done so that the metaverse character (avatar) will have a strong resemblance to its creator.

These metaverse characters can be made to have conversations, dance, jump, and move, and best of all, keep you close to your friends and loved ones as much as you want.

The most beautiful part about it is that you can create them on different platforms that suit you and use them across various channels.

This article would teach you how to create a metaverse character, and also how to carry out metaverse character rigging. 

A brief of metaverse characters

A metaverse character is simply referred to as an avatar, and it is a character that depicts an individual on a social media platform, video game, concert, etc. 

In plain terms, it is a representation of you, the individual, on the internet. This character represents you in the virtual world.

To make a metaverse character, you will need to upload a clear picture of yourself (which you will need to model), and this photo will serve as your visual representation on the platform.

After thinking of the way you want to be represented virtually, you would then go on to create your avatar, designing it and dressing it to your taste.

How to create a metaverse character

Creating a metaverse character is very interesting and breathtaking. It feels like being empowered to create a life with software available to you.

And that is what you are learning right now, in a simplified manner.

The various ways of creating metaverse characters are:

A. With Ready player me

B. With spatial (partner with ready player me)

Ready Player me

This application is the most used in the creation of metaverse characters. If you had come across it, you would not be looking at how to create a metaverse character. Nonetheless, you will learn it today.

The steps are as follows:

  1. To begin with, go to https://readyplayer.me/en/avatar and sign up for an account. You must specify your character’s gender on the Choose Body Style screen.
  2. Then, upload a photo of yourself so that the app can create a Metaverse character that looks like you. You can go on without a photo, but the character must be unique.

Skin color and facial touch

  1. After you upload the photo, a Metaverse character that looks as much like you as possible will be created automatically. Here, you must first decide what color your character’s skin is by using the color palettes made available.
  2. Then, in the section that opens when you click the second button from the left on the tab bar, the jaw structure, eyes, nose, and lips are shown. Set it up in the way you want.

Dressing and hairstyle

  1. Now comes one of the most important parts: the dressing step. When you click the third button from the left in the bottom tab bar, you can dress your character in one of the many outfits that come with Ready Player Me.
  2. Make sure you give the Metaverse character you made a hairstyle by clicking the hair icon next to the outfit button.
  3. And if you want, you can change the pupil color of your avatar by clicking the eye icon on the left.

Spatial

If you are still not clear on how to create a metaverse character using ready player me, then spatial would help. On many other VR platforms, users only have a few options for making avatars, or it’s hard and takes a long time to make something realistic. 

The Spatial VR avatars are not like that. They make the work quick and easy.

Now that we’re working with Ready Player Me, our users have more ways to show who they are and how they feel.

‍Making the process easy is part of giving a great virtual meeting experience. You don’t want to have to spend a long-time setting thing up. With Spatial, making an avatar is so easy that any user can do it in just a few minutes. To get started, all you need is a Spatial account.

1) You don’t have to, but you should be ready to take a selfie or upload a headshot if you want to get the best results from the AI avatar generation software.

2) If you use Spatial’s photorealistic avatars, you’ll have a lot of clothes to choose from and can change the color to whatever you want. Choose the style that makes you feel most like yourself or that fits best with the social situation you are entering.

3) If you use Ready Player Me, you can choose from all kinds of costumes, hairstyles, eye colors, hats, glasses, tattoos, and more! You will need to make an account so you can save your avatar(s) and use them in Spatial.

4) You don’t have to pick one. Use whichever avatar feels right at the time and change your outfit to match the situation, just like you would in real life.

Uploading your picture on spatial

Start by making an account in Spatial. You can create an account by linking services like Google, Microsoft, or Slack. You can also use your email address to create an account. 

After you’ve set up your account, you’ll be asked to make an avatar. You can do this utilizing your webcam or you can upload a picture of yourself using a good device. 

When taking a picture of your face for your virtual reality avatar, you might want to make sure it is clear and shows your face straight on. 

Don’t think of the photo you’re uploading as a selfie with a smile. Instead, take the photo as if it were a headshot like you would for an ID card.

There are many ways to update your avatar in Spatial: You can do it from your user profile, or you can click the figure icon in a space to change your avatar right then and there.

Also, you can change and update your avatar at any time! You are never stuck with the way you look. Your identity can be fluid. 

As part of their goal to be the most inclusive platform on the market, they made sure to include options for culturally relevant clothing and clothing that doesn’t fit a specific gender.

And there you have it. You now own an avatar with spatial data.

Metaverse character rigging

You would ask what metaverse character rigging is. Well, in simple terms, metaverse character rigging is a term that describes the making of a metaverse character to have hands, legs, and head that can move and carry out other functions (not static).

Technical requirements for a CryptoAvatars character

When you’re done making an avatar, you should make sure it meets some requirements. There is a limit of 7,500 triangles on avatars that can be used in VR Chat. 

Make sure that the avatar is rigged like a human, with two arms, two legs, a body, and a head, and that it works with Mixamo, which is 3D computer graphics technology software.

Anyone with an Adobe license can use this software for free.  To make your avatars’ faces move, you will need to use the Blendshapes application.  And finally, the VRM file can’t be bigger than 25MB.

Create an FBX file

After creating your metaverse character with spatial or ready player me, you would need to use the blendshapes application to complete the avatar testing.

Make sure to include the rig, the mesh, and the blendshapes when you export from Blender.

Remember that there can be no more than 7,500 triangles.

Go to File > Export Selection > Export as FBX (make sure Animation and Deformed Models are checked, select Centimeters in Units, and use the FBX File Format: FBX 2013).

Bring FBX files into Unity

Make sure you’ve installed Unity. Use Unity version 2019.3.9f1 to start a new project.

You can download the VRM software development kit from VRM.dev. Make sure to get the Unity package! When you’re done downloading, you can just drag and drop it into Unity.

Once the installation is done, there will be a folder called VRM, and the VRM menu option will show up in the top tool menu.

Make a new folder in Unity, and then drag and drop your FBX avatar into it.  Also, make sure the texture files are in “normal map” mode when you import them.

Then, right-click create and choose “Material.” Drag and drop the textures into the “Albedo” field of the Main Maps.

Meshing

Now it’s time to move your avatar. Click on the Mesh file, then click on Rig. From the drop-down menu, choose Humanoid as your Animation Type. Apply, Save Scene, and now let’s change more settings on your Rig.

In this case, your character’s ligaments must match the right name. 

The left upper leg needs to be recognized as the left upper leg. If you’re not sure what to do, click “Pose” and then “Force T-Pose.”

When done. Go to the Scene Menu, click Mesh, click VRM at the top, choose UniVRM from the drop-down menu, and click Export Humanoid.

Fill out your information, choose “Force T-Pose,” “Pose Freeze,” and “Use Experimental Export.” Then export it to the same folder as where your other avatar files are. Your project area will get some new folders.

Now, delete the mesh from the scene menu and replace it with the pre-fab. It goes right into a T-Pose.

Now, choose Mesh > VRM > UniVRM > Export Humanoid once more. Now you can make sure that Force T-Pose, Pose Freeze, and Use Experimental Export are not checked. Then go to Export.

And there you have it. You have successfully learned how to create a metaverse character and how to do metaverse character rigging.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the top companies involved in the metaverse?

The fact that companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Facebook are not the only ones involved in the metaverse is an important part of the Metaverse FAQs.  

Nvidia, Niantic, Apple, and Decentraland are some of the other companies that have put money into developing the metaverse. 

Is the metaverse real?

No one can say for sure it is real, but it is a real concept that will come into the limelight soon.

Conclusion

While the metaverse is still a concept being worked on, it would be in your best interest to take advantage of this and get creative.

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