Virtual Cast: Getting Started in Vtubing for FREE! (Tutorial)

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Virtual Cast: Getting Started in Vtubing for FREE! (Tutorial)
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Date March 9, 2020
Duration 8:24
Link YouTube

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Virtual Cast: Getting Started in Vtubing for FREE! is the first tutorial episode of The Virtual Reality Show.

Video Description

Hey guys, switching it up this week and instead of doing a regular episode of TheVirtualRealityShow, I decided to do a tutorial on getting started in Virtual Cast, as I’ve been getting tons of questions about it. This is just an overview of some of the features and options available, since not a lot of people know about the program and are interested in Vtubing. I’m in the process of making a few more tutorials on specific features on using the app, but I’ll be returning to regular show episodes shortly. I am also planning on making some tutorials on tips for creating VRoid models. Let’s spread the Vtubing love! The English speaking Vtuber community is still small, but together we can grow it into something great.

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Hey guys, it's PHIA, and today, I wanted to do a tutorial on getting started in... Virtual Cast, which is the program I use for filming The Virtual Reality Show. Virtual Cast is a free game on Steam, designed specifically for VTubers. There's not a lot of information on it because it is still in its beta form, and it is a Japanese program, but luckily, there is an English version. Yay! (laughs) Unfortunately, however, I encountered a lack of tutorials when I was trying to learn this program, so I thought, 'why not help everyone out who's been asking me about how I use Virtual Cast to film my videos?" First thing you want to do is make an account with The Seed Online. The Seed connects to lots of different VRM apps, like VDraw and Custom Cast, working as an online hub for all your VRM models and props. It's definitely worth checking out the other apps, but some of them are region-locked due to being in Japan. Also, make sure you have the "auto-translate" feature set on Google. That way, you can make your account!

Alright, so now that I've loaded up Virtual Cast, you can take a look around and see inside the menu screen, yay! So, I'm gonna go ahead and press the menu button, and you'll see that I have the option of "quick starting" the game, which I already have set up as PHIAbunny, or you can go to the desktop to personalize settings, so we are going to take a look at those desktop settings.

All right, so here's the main menu screen. You'll wanna get pretty familiar with this screen if you plan on actually using Virtual Cast for streaming or video making. So, the first thing you're gonna wanna do is go ahead and log into your SEED ONLINE account that you made earlier. Um, right here is where you're gonna be able to see all your items that you have linked to your account. As you can see you can have only up to 30 imports and 30 submissions, so you do have to be mindful about how much stuff you're throwing in here. So, now you can see that there's some linking options for a Niconico (niconico) and SHOWROOM. Neither of these I'm gonna get into right now, because they are Japanese programs, so most English speakers are not even gonna have those as an opportunity of something that you can use.

Over here in the "Other platforms" tab, you have streaming options for YouTube and Twitch, but I've personally found it easier to just use OBS, (Open Broadcaster Software) since that is a little more streamer-friendly. Heading over here, into the left, you can see the "Settings" options. So, there's a bunch of different settings here that you can set up. Um, I'm not gonna go into all of these today, for the time being, but know that you can do your output resolution, link your Twitter, add VCI links and stuff like that, which I will be making the specific videos for in the future.

So, going back here in the main screen, you can also see a little microphone here. You can turn your talkback on and it will test your headset mic. I will say you probably, most likely do want to leave this connected to your headset, and not using an external mic, because the mouth tracking is audio-based in this game, and so if your microphone is too far away, it's not gonna look as accurate to what you're actually saying. Alright, so, heading back to the "Quick start" tab here, you can go ahead and choose your nickname, I have obviously chosen "PHIAbunny", which will display in-game. Your "Target Studio ID" you can just leave blank for right now. Um, you will have a randomly generated one once you open up your instance, and that will be identifiable to only your instance. So, then we can go ahead and press the start button, or press the "Quick start" button in-game if you've already configured this all up, um, a previous time so you don't have to do it all again. So let's go ahead and jump in!

Alright, so now that we've loaded into the game, here we can go ahead and calibrate, so I'm gonna press my trigger buttons, and go ahead and get that started. I will say that it sometimes takes a while for things to load in, especially the VRM models, so do be patient with that and be careful not to move around too much, because sometimes you'll load in a little funny, especially if your head's tilted upwards or whatnot. So now that we're in game, you can see I have this giant screen over here, and a nice falling nametag with my nickname that I chose earlier. It's me, PHIAbunny! (laughs) So on that screen, if you peek your headset up, you can see that it's actually being output to your computer monitor, so you can get a little closer to see how things are there. If I look at both of my hands, you can see I have different gesture options, which is super cute, and on the right hand, you can, um, go ahead and use the joystick to do different expressions. So, I've got different faces I can make, and, if you press down on it and do a nice, little slight smile, so, some fun things to play around with.

Um, you have this entire space, pretty much, to yourself. Uh, you can't have other people come in, which I'll do a video on how to do the multiplier very very soon. Uh, the first thing I will show off here is if you go to your items, you have some different camera options. So, there's a whole bunch of different things you can do, but I'm gonna go ahead and pull up a camcorder, nice and basic, and you can see it spawns in right here in front of me, woohoo! So, if I twist this little guy around here, and I trigger the button, then I have this camera pop up, so I can do something fun, like a selfie-style video, or just do like a straight-on, um, video, just however I want my body position, and you'll see that this camera is actually outputting to the computer now, instead of that giant screen over there, and if I trigger it again, it'll switch back, so you can switch between different cameras super duper easily that way, and there's a switching camera.