Avatarify logo: squiggle in a face shape. Yellow on black.

Avatarify: Make that Picture Sing!

Today we are highlighting Avatarify, a face animator app backed by artificial intelligence that is able to take an image and a song and make the person (or animal!) in the image sing that song. Then you can share the video with friends. The app is free and available from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Keep in mind that while this is called a “deep fake” video, you aren’t likely to fool anyone with the resulting video.

Using the App

After installing the app on your device, the initial screen makes it appear that a subscription is required to use the app. Note that it is easily dismissed by tapping the x in the corner of the screen.

Pick a song from the Avatarify library.

Screenshot of the phone screen showing thumbnail images of songs in the library.

Next, tap “add photo” to select an image from your gallery.

Screenshot of the preview showing selected song with "add photo" and "continue" buttons under it.

The first time, you’ll be prompted to enable access to your gallery. This is required unless you want to use a demo image. For the first round, I chose a picture of my kittens. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t make the mouth land in the right place, giving the cat a monstrous look in the video. I gave up and tried a demo image of Elon Musk.

If you’re using your own image, it might detect the face(s) automatically. If not, the next screen shows a shadow face over the image (the part I had trouble with in the cat picture). Move it over a face and save. You can select multiple faces in the image to animate.

Screenshot of the shadow face on a cat image, showing the features do not line up.

When I didn’t have to aim the “shadow face” over the image, it was really easy! This is how mine turned out:

The quality of the initial video was higher, but I compressed the file to lighten the file load on this page.

After the video is created, you have the option to save it to your device or share it using any method available on your phone.

Would You Use It?

This was a fun little tool, and the demos on their webpage suggest a variety of use cases: https://avatarify.ai/. Is this a tool you would use to share videos with your friends? Let us know in the comments.

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