Face Over IP is the name given to the interpretation and transmission of your facial expressions from a webcam to your player character. This is a quick guide to show you the main things you will want to look at.
You will need to check your Windows privacy settings to allow the camera and microphone to be accessed and be sure to enable your microphone as an input device.
Install a Webcam
If you don’t already have a webcam, you might want to consider using your phone camera and an app rather than buying a dedicated one. There are a number of webcam iPhone apps available and iVCam is the best I found:
- It worked with little fuss
- Has zoom capability
- Has 1080 pixel image
- Tap the image to choose the brightness
- You can try out the free version to see if you like it
In terms of
Set Up Your Camera
You need to make facial recognitition as easy as possible for FOIP to work correctly, so set up the camera such that
- Your face fills the screen
- It is not at an angle, try to squarely face-on if possible
- You face should be well lit.
Configure FOIP in Star Citizen
To enable FOIP, go to the options menu select the comms tab, enable
When you hit the calibrate button a feedback window will be created so if you don’t see one, use ALT-TAB to cycle through your open applications to find it.
Assume your resting-face pose. If all is well, Star Citizen will place dots around your features and use this as your normal appearance. If the result is a bit off, recalibrate and compensate for the exaggeration using your resting face.
Test FOIP in the Character Customiser
If all went well with the test screen, you can see what it looks like in-game by going to the character customisation screen where FOIP is running while you are customising.
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