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Post-Beta Updates: New Features, Subscription Tweaks, and Extended FaceRig Support


Hi Awesome People,

Dragos here, founder and CEO of Holotech. First off, THANK YOU to everyone who signed up for or participated in our closed beta! Now that we’ve had some time to pour over all of your feedback, we’d like to share a number of changes and updates we are making to Animaze (and FaceRig) as a result of the beta. 

Extending FaceRig Support:

First of all - we are extending critical product support and customer support for FaceRig through December 31, 2021. Critical product support means that if any external factor (such as a Windows Update) causes FaceRig to be unusable for a large percentage of people, we will do everything in our power to fix it. In simple terms, we will make sure that FaceRig remains functional through the end of 2021. It’s incredibly important to us that everyone can continue using FaceRig without worrying about a sudden unexpected event disabling the program. 

On the customer support side, you can continue to contact us through the usual channels (email, Discord, and Twitter are best) if you need help with FaceRig. Response time for issues relating to FaceRig may take up to 5 business days in some cases, but we are guaranteeing direct assistance through the end of 2021. 

FaceRig Going Away Sale:

Many of you asked if FaceRig will go on sale one last time before we remove it from stores. The answer is yes! We are going to have a Going Away Sale on Steam with significant discounts on the base FaceRig software and all DLCs (including Pro and avatar packs) before Animaze launches. Stay tuned for more details on date and time.

Animaze Product Updates:

During our beta, we got a huge amount of valuable feedback from our testers. As a result, we are adding the following features to Animaze prior to launch:

New Features for All Users:

  • Prop Placement Controls: Adjust props to make them fit your avatar just right. In addition to scaling and customizing the look of your props, you’ll be able to move props along the XYZ axes and rotate them in multiple directions.
  • Streamlined Live2D Imports & FaceRig Conversions: Import any Live2D avatar made with Cubism 3.0 or higher (including avatars you used with FaceRig) directly in Animaze, without having to use the Animaze Editor. Most avatars imported this way will not require any updates or changes. In short, this means that virtually everyone with a Cubism 3.0+ Live2D model, whether originally made for FaceRig or some other software, will be able to use it in Animaze without any assistance from a Live2D artist. All you need are your Live2D runtime files. If you do need to debug or fix your avatar, we’ve built new features into the Animaze Editor allowing anyone to fix common issues.
  • Embodiment, Tracking, and Calibration Improvements: We’re always working under the hood to improve the quality of the overall avatar experience. During the beta, you all helped us identify a number of issues and improvements relating to embodiment, calibration, and tracking. You’ll see better results overall when Animaze launches! 

New Features for Basic Subscribers:

  • Advanced Embodiment Controls: Fine tune how your avatar responds to your facial movements and customize a configuration that works best for you. Includes an auto-blink toggle!
  • Secondary Render Window with Alpha Channel Transparency: If you prefer to capture an app window rather than use the virtual webcam when you stream, you can enable a secondary render window that displays your avatar and background without any visible UI. We will also enable the usage of Alpha Channel transparency, so you can have more reliable “green screen” effects without chroma key artefacts on a variety of avatars. Remember, if you are using the free version of Animaze you can still capture the regular app window (or a specific portion of the window) and send that to OBS or your preferred streaming software. You can also use a traditional green screen in any version of Animaze.

What’s included here is not an exhaustive list of changes, improvements, and new features coming to Animaze at launch. These are simply the most significant changes we are making directly in response to feedback from the beta. 

Animaze Subscription Updates:

We received a lot of feedback on Animaze subscriptions, and understand that subscriptions are a frequently discussed and at times hotly debated topic. Before we share some changes that we’re making to our subscriptions, I’d like to highlight a few core principles of our approach to Animaze’s business model.

Free Access: Animaze is free to download, can be used forever without a subscription, and will improve over time as we roll out new features and content. It’s important to us that everyone, and especially those of you who have invested in FaceRig, can evaluate Animaze on its own merits and decide if a subscription is worth it to you. If not, you can keep using the free version of Animaze, FaceRig, or another product that fits your needs. 

Affordable Pricing: Our subscriptions are amongst the lowest-cost offerings available, especially when you look at other avatar, artist, and content creator products. At $19.99/year, Animaze’s basic subscription nets out to just $1.67 per month. 

Here’s a look at that annual cost compared to other subscription products you might use or be familiar with: 

  • 13% the cost of a Streamlabs annual subscription ($149/year vs. $19.99/year)
  • 13% the cost of a Zoom annual subscription ($149/year vs. $19.99/year)
  • 8% of a Photoshop-only annual subscription ($239.88/year vs. $19.99/year)

Subscription costs will be even lower for those of you that own FaceRig, since you’ll automatically get substantial discounts on Animaze subscriptions. 

Consistent Updates and Communication: Animaze will receive much more consistent and meaningful updates than you’ve seen in the last few years of FaceRig’s lifetime. We’re already hard at work building new features, new avatars, new props, and support for new content formats. We’ll be sharing roadmap information and engaging in consistent dialog with the community to ensure we’re building what you want. We’ve had a great start engaging with thousands of testers during our beta! 

Changes to Subscription Options:

With that said, here are the changes we’re making to Animaze subscriptions before launch

Doubling Virtual Camera Session Time to 90 Minutes in Free Version: The free version of Animaze will allow you to use the virtual camera to livestream or video chat for 90 minutes at a time (increased from 45). After 90 minutes, you can simply restart Animaze to reset the timer back to zero. Remember, you can stream for an unlimited time by capturing all or part of the application window in your preferred streaming software, regardless of whether you are a subscriber. All subscribers have unlimited session time with the virtual camera. 

60FPS Output Through Virtual Webcam Moved from VIP to Basic Subscription: 60 FPS output through the virtual webcam is now included for everyone who has a Basic ($19.99/year) subscription. This feature previously required the VIP ($99.99/year) subscription. As a reminder, 60FPS output is possible for all Animaze versions (including the free version) by capturing all or a portion of the application window. 

Here’s what each Animaze subscription will look like at launch:

Animaze Subscriptions

Please note that the VIP subscription is now only for Commercial Rights. We’ve updated our requirements for who needs commercial rights to use Animaze - see below for the details.

Commercial Rights Requirements for VIP Subscription Reverted to FaceRig Rules: We’re reverting the Commercial Rights requirements to match what’s currently in place for FaceRig Pro:

Individual streamers and content creators who consistently make more than $500 per month from their channel (e.g. from subscriber, ad, and/or donation revenue) need commercial rights to use Animaze. 

If you meet this requirement, you need an Animaze VIP subscription.

If you are a business interested in using Animaze, you need an Enterprise License. To inquire about an Enterprise License, contact

Here are the new Commercial Rights requirements in full:

Animaze Commercial Rights

Animaze Launch:

We know you are eager to know when Animaze will launch. While we don’t have a launch date yet, we are working as hard as we possibly can to launch Animaze into Early Access on Steam before the end of 2020. 

Stay tuned for more information, including a definitive launch date, in the coming weeks!

As always, you can reach us on email, Discord, and Twitter with questions and/or comments.

All the Best,

Dragos & the Holotech Team

18 days ago





まず、FaceRigの重要な製品サポートとカスタマーサポートを2021年12月31日まで延長します。重要な製品サポートとは、外部要因(Windows Updateなど)によって大部分のユーザーがFaceRigを使用できなくなった場合、当社がそれを修正するためにサポートすることを意味します。簡単に言えば、FaceRigは2021年の終わりまで確実に機能し続けます。突然の予期しないイベントによってプログラムが無効になることは心配する必要なく、誰もがFaceRigを使い続けることができるように当社は継続的にサポートを提供いたします。








簡素化されたLive2DインポートとFaceRig変換:Cubism 3.0以降で作成されたLive2Dアバター(FaceRigで使用したアバターを含む)を、Animazeエディターを使用せずにAnimazeに直接インポートします。この方法でインポートされたほとんどのアバターは、更新や変更を必要としません。つまり、Cubism 3.0以降のLive2Dモデルを使用しているほぼすべての人が、FaceRig用であろうと他のソフトウェア用であろうと、Live2DアーティストのサポートなしでAnimazeを使用できるようになるということです。必要なのはLive2Dランタイムファイルのみです。アバターをデバッグまたは修正する必要がある場合は、Animaze Editorに新機能が組み込まれているため、誰でも一般的な問題を修正できます。











  • Streamlabs年間サブスクリプションの13%のコスト($149/年 VS $19.99 /年)
  • Zoom年間サブスクリプションの13%のコスト($149/年 VS $19.99 /年)
  • Photoshop年間サブスクリプションの8%のコスト($239.88/年 VS $19.99 /年)


一貫性のあるアップデートとコミュニケーション: Animazeは、FaceRig晩年と比べるとはるかに一貫性のある意味のあるアップデートを行います。当社はすでに、新機能、新アバター、新小道具、新コンテンツ形式のサポート構築に取り組んでいます。ロードマップ情報を共有し、コミュニティと一貫した対話を行って、お客様が望むものを確実に構築できるようにします。まずはベータ期間中、何千人ものテスターと交流する事で素晴らしいスタートを切ることができました。



仮想ウェブカメラを経由した60FPS出力がVIPからベーシックサブスクリプションに移行:ベーシック($19.99 /年)サブスクリプションに登録するすべての人が、仮想Webカメラを介した60FPS出力をご利用いただけるようになりました。この機能は、以前VIP($99.99 /年)サブスクリプション会員しか利用できない機能でした。また、アプリケーションウィンドウの全てまたは一部をキャプチャすることで、すべてのAnimazeバージョン(無料バージョンを含む)で60FPS出力が可能です。


Animaze Subscriptions

VIPサブスクリプションの商業的権利要件:FaceRig Proに現在適用されているものと一致するように、商用権要件を前の状態にに戻しています。


Animazeの使用に関心のある企業の場合は、エンタープライズライセンスが必要となります。エンタープライズライセンスについては、 までお問い合わせください。





Dragos & Holotechチーム

19 days ago

Introducing Animaze!

Animaze, our new PC program and the official successor to FaceRig, is coming soon to Steam! Wishlist Animaze on Steam and sign up for our closed beta now to try it for yourself! Read the full announcement and our FAQs below for more information, and join our Discord server to connect with us!


After nearly six years and hundreds of millions of avatar streams, video chats, and YouTube views, it’s time to talk about the future of FaceRig. We are super excited to share that Animaze, our new PC app and the official successor to FaceRig, is coming soon to Steam! 

What is Animaze?

Like FaceRig, Animaze makes it easy to stream, video chat, and record videos as awesome avatars. Thanks to years of R&D (and thoughtful feedback from you), Animaze brings major improvements to every core aspect of FaceRig. Face tracking, animation, and graphics have all been completely redesigned to deliver more expressive avatars than ever before. 

Animaze includes a host of new avatars, props, and backgrounds alongside fan favorites from FaceRig - all designed for deep customization. We’re happy to share that Live2D is included in Animaze, so you’ll have access to awesome 2D avatars without needing a DLC. We’ve already got a ton of exciting updates planned, so you can expect regular releases with new features, avatars, props and more.

We want Animaze to be accessible to everyone. That’s why Animaze will be free to download and use with optional subscriptions for premium features. There will also be in-app currency to spend on new avatars, props, and backgrounds. You can use Animaze for free forever; it is not a ‘trial’ and access never expires. If you decide to subscribe, the cost will be affordable: a few dollars per month for most folks, or a little bit more for professional content creators.

We've also lined up some awesome rewards for FaceRiggers as our way of saying thank you! If you have FaceRig in your Steam Library, you will automatically receive the following rewards in Animaze:

  1. 2 exclusive props only available to FaceRig owners
  2. Free access to every FaceRig avatar that we're including in Animaze at launch
  3. Substantial discounts on Animaze subscriptions

And that’s not all: Animaze includes new creation tools for artists as well as a free iPhone app, which are both available right now!

The Animaze Editor & iPhone App

For artists, we’re thrilled to debut the free Animaze Editor. The Animaze Editor makes it easier than ever to turn your Live2D and 3D creations into custom avatars, props, and backgrounds that you can use, sell, or share anywhere you want (including on the Steam Workshop for Animaze). The Animaze Editor comes with detailed documentation and step-by-step guides to teach you how to get started right away!

For iPhone owners, the free Animaze app is available now on the App Store! Use the Animaze app to create awesome avatar videos right from your phone, and share them with friends on your favorite messaging apps and social networks. We don’t have an Android version just yet, but don’t worry - we know many of you have Android devices and we want to get a mobile app to you as soon as we can. 

What will Happen to FaceRig?

If you own a copy of FaceRig, you can continue using it without interruption in perpetuity. When we release Animaze, we will remove all versions of FaceRig (including upgrades & DLC packs) from sale everywhere. This will not affect your ability to use FaceRig if you already own it. See our below FAQs for more information!

We can’t wait to hear what you think about Animaze. If you have additional questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at, @ us on Twitter, or join our Discord server:

Your Friends,

The Holotech Team

Animaze FAQs:

What will happen to FaceRig?

If you own a copy of FaceRig, you can continue using it without interruption in perpetuity. This applies to all copies of FaceRig - whether you obtained it through Steam, a Steam key reseller like Humble Bundle/Fanatical, or directly from Holotech via our website. It includes all versions of FaceRig (Classic & Studio), as well as all DLC content and upgrades (e.g. Live2D module, FaceRig Pro, avatar packs). Our number one priority is to do right by you in this process. Many of you have supported us since the very beginning of our journey, and we want you to be able to continue using FaceRig for as long as you want to, regardless of whether you decide to check out Animaze.

That said, FaceRig will not receive any additional feature/content updates or bug fixes; the current version of FaceRig is its final form. When we release Animaze, we will remove all versions of FaceRig, including upgrades & DLC packs, from sale everywhere. The Facerig Steam Forums and Steam Workshop will continue to function as normal. As we shift our focus to Animaze, our support priorities have to change too. When Animaze launches, we will no longer be able to provide customer support for issues relating to FaceRig. If you run into issues with FaceRig, we recommend you check our FAQs, Steam Forums, and Discord channel for help.

Please Note: You will still be able to re-download FaceRig if you uninstall it or would like to download FaceRig to a new device. If you acquired FaceRig through Steam, either directly or through a code or gift, simply re-download it via your Steam library. If you purchased FaceRig directly from our website, email us at and we can help you regain access. 

I own FaceRig, do I get any special rewards in Animaze?

Yes! As a huge thank you to our community, we are providing a bunch of special rewards for FaceRig owners. If you have FaceRig in your Steam library (even if you received it as a gift), you will automatically receive the following:

      • All FaceRig avatars that are included in Animaze at launch will be unlocked and available to you for free

      • Animaze subscriptions will be offered at a substantial discount from the normal price

      • You will have exclusive access to two special props that are only available to FaceRig owners. Once FaceRig is removed from sale, there will be no other way to access these props besides owning FaceRig. 

You don’t need to do anything to activate these rewards - they will automatically be applied to your Steam account and included in Animaze when you download Animaze through Steam. 

What happens to my FaceRig avatars?

Any FaceRig avatars that came with Facerig, you’ve purchased as DLC, acquired from the Steam workshop, or loaded as custom avatars (i.e., that you created or commissioned from an artist) will continue to work with FaceRig.

Avatar and prop files from FaceRig are not compatible with Animaze. Your Facerig avatar files do not ‘carry over’ to Facerig. However, we’ve rebuilt some of our favorite FaceRig avatars and props for Animaze. If you own Facerig, you will automatically have access to the selection of updated Facerig avatars for free! 

Why is Animaze a separate program rather than an update to FaceRig?

Animaze isn’t just a collection of optimizations or a fresh coat of paint - it’s a completely new technology platform. Rather than repurpose an existing game engine (which is how we built FaceRig), we developed most of Animaze’s engine ourselves. That means Animaze is built from the ground up specifically for beautiful, expressive, and performant avatars. Using Animaze’s engine, we’re building a whole ecosystem for avatars that includes the new PC app, powerful editing & importing tools for artists, and an iPhone app - and we’re just getting started! Our ultimate vision for Animaze is to allow you to use your avatars seamlessly across many different platforms. 

That’s also why we’re using the new name Animaze. Animaze is a whole new platform with expanded capabilities and new technology. FaceRig will always remain in our hearts, but Animaze represents our vision for the future.

Why is Animaze ‘Freemium’?

Making Animaze freemium allows us to provide a flexible experience that can work for everyone. The free version of Animaze allows anyone who’s interested to use awesome avatars without ever having to spend a dollar. For advanced users, our subscriptions provide great additional features that make Animaze even more powerful and fun. 

As always, we’re committed to providing a great experience that’s affordable for everyone. That’s why our subscriptions will only cost a few dollars per month for most folks, or a little bit more for professional content creators. Subscriptions also allow us to invest development resources into a broader range of new features - even if they are tailored to a small group of folks. We didn’t have this luxury with Facerig, which left some of our community underserved. 

Our #1 goal is to make Animaze the best it can be, and allow you to decide if it’s worth your time and/or money. 

I have a custom FaceRig Avatar that I created or commissioned. Will it work with Animaze? 

Because Animaze utilizes a new animation and rendering system, custom avatars that you used with Facerig will require updates to function with Animaze. To update your FaceRig avatar to work with Animaze, you’ll first need to make some changes to your model files in Live2D or your preferred 3D modelling software. Then, you can use the new Animaze Editor to import your updated model into Animaze. If you commissioned your avatar from an artist, they will need to update your avatar to ensure compatibility with Animaze. 

Learn how to convert your custom Live2D avatars from FaceRig to Animaze in our guide here: 

Learn how to convert your custom 3D avatars from Facerig to Animaze in our guide here:

If you use a custom avatar to video chat or livestream, or you’re an artist who wants to update your own creations, don’t hesitate to join our Discord server or reach out to us at to learn more. We’re eager to help! 

What is the Release Date for Animaze?

We’re not ready to share a release date just yet, but Animaze is coming sooner than you think. We’re hard at work developing Animaze, and we’re holding ourselves to a high standard of quality. That’s why we’re not sharing a release date until after we’ve gotten your feedback from our closed beta - we want to be sure that you’ll love what we launch, and we have the time to make it great. If you’d like to try out Animaze now and help us improve Animaze, sign up for our closed beta here




作成ツール「Animaze Editor」は、Live2Dや3Dのモデルを使ってアバターを作成できるPC用ソフトウェアです。いっぽう「Animazeモバイルアプリ」は、スマートフォンからアバター動画を作成し、メッセージアプリやSNSで共有することができるアプリです。(iOSのみ。Androidは近日リリース予定)





  1. いくつかのFaceRigアバターはAnimaze用に変換されAnimazeに同梱されますが、これらのアバターが無料で使えます。
  2. Animazeのサブスクリプションが、通常の価格から大幅な割引で提供されます。
  3. FaceRigの所有者のみが利用できる、2つの特別なAnimaze用アイテムを提供します。



現在所有しているFaceRigアバター(Facerig付属のもの、DLCとして購入したもの、Steam Workshopから取得したもの、またカスタムアバターとして取り込んだもの)は、引き続きFaceRigで動作します。

ただし、FaceRigアバターはAnimazeと互換性がありません。 Animazeで動作させるにはアバターのアップデートが必要です。 このアップデートには、まずLive2Dや3Dソフトウェアでモデルファイルを修正し、そのモデルファイルをAnimaze Editorにインポートする必要があります。



Animazeがリリースされた後、FaceRigのすべてのバージョン(アップグレードやDLC、Live2Dモジュール、FaceRig Pro、アバターパックなどを含む)の販売が中止されます。その時点バージョンが最終版となり、以降、FaceRigは機能追加やアップデート、バグ修正が行われません。


1. 個人クリエイターの場合(YouTuber、バーチャルYouTuber、実況ストリーマー、その他個人のコンテンツクリエイター)

Animaze VIPサブスクリプションは、多数の視聴者を持つ個人クリエイターがAnimazeを使用するためのものです。 原則として、TwitchやBilibiliなどのプラットフォームにおいてパートナーになってたり認証されているクリエイターは、Animaze VIPサブスクリプションが必要となります。 各プラットフォームの詳細条件については、以下の図を参照してください。お使いのプラットフォームが見つからない場合や、商用利用ライセンスが必要かどうか不明な場合は、 までメールでお問い合わせください。

2. 法人クリエイターおよび事業目的での使用の場合

Animazeを事業目的で使用する場合(例:製品やサービスの宣伝、ライブイベント・ブースでの活用、ライブストリーミング、その他の利用)、法人向けライセンスが必要です。 標準版のAnimazeは、このような事業目的に使用することはできません。

事業目的でのAnimazeの使用については、最高業務責任者であるMike Sandwick (までご連絡ください。

2 months ago
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