⚫ A small start with PNG ⚫
If you're not sure exactly what character you want to be or if your computer isn't powerful enough and you don't have a webcam, this is a great option for you.
Use the PNGtube model for your streams. I recorded a video with the easiest way to use this model, you only need Discord. Also with this way you can set up models for all your friends in discord and stream together.
⚫ Small start with a 2D-Vtuber model WITHOUT WEBCAM ⚫
This option is also suitable for non-powerful computers, but still will load it more than PNG, but it still does not require a webcam.
Unlike PNGtube, here you can make your avatar even more agile and interesting. The main feature in Prprlive is the ability to make the avatar's eyes follow the mouse cursor, as well as opening the mouth with the voice, as well as the ability to switch emotions with the buttons.
I can make movements for the avatar that will move automatically, like breathing, tail wagging, auto-blinking, and more. This will all put more strain on the computer, but it will still save you from using a webcam.
⚫ Start with the purchased model ⚫
Buying a ready-made model is cheaper than ordering a custom one, so before you come up with your own design, check out EXTRA, where there might be an avatar that suits you and stay tuned for updates as new characters appear there: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/klabiama/extras
Buying a ready-made character, you get all the rights to him and his use, he will help you test the possibilities for streaming, to understand whether you like this format streaming or not.
Character kits can be different, sometimes they also include a design for your twitch.
You can leave requests for the avatars you want.
⚫ Start with the model on the template ⚫
You have the option of ordering a model on a template, this option is similar to buying a ready-made model, but here you can choose your design and it will be adjusted to the ready-made rig.
If you want to create your own model on the template, there is an option for you with a full description of how to do it. You will need a free version of Live2D and Photoshop/SAI/any other drawing program.
The kit has everything you need for your avatar, you just need to draw your design on its basis.
⚫ Start with the standard 2D-Vtuber model ⚫
If you already have a webcam and want to use it with your model, that's a good option. But note that webcam capture is a heavy load on the computer and may not work well if you are streaming at night without good light. The main thing in using the model is that your face is clearly visible, nothing is blocking it, it was bright and preferably the size of the video during the capture was large. All of this affects the way your model moves.
In the model you can also make standard movements that will activate themselves (breathing, blinking, etc.), but in addition your avatar can track your eyes, mouth, head and body turns, making your character alive and moving.
These avatars have two types Tier 2 and Tier 3. Their difference is that Tier 3 has a more advanced mouth movement, it literally changes shape under the letters AIUEO, because of this the character does not just open his mouth, but changes shape depending on your mouth.
But Tier 3 will not suit all characters, on characters with animal heads AIUEO may not always look perfect, in characters with beaks it is almost impossible to implement.
⚫ Maximum set ⚫
This is the maximum set for your 2D-Vtuber model, it requires a powerful computer, a good webcam because the model will have a large size (fullbody) many moving parts, additional parts and everything you want. For such models, it is best to use VtubeStudio or VUP with Iphone, then all your movements will be captured best. The character will be able to stick out his tongue, pout his cheeks, his eyes will look exactly where you look.