Deep forgeries, the art of using artificial intelligence to insert the image and / or voice in videos in which they do not otherwise appear, usually focus on celebrity parodies or political underdog.
Now, with the Reface app for iOS and Android, you can easily swap actors and actresses in iconic movie and TV scenes with your own mug, or put yourself in popular GIFs and memes.
This is how you get into the deep false act.
Step 1: Install Reface
The app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play. In-app subscriptions, $ 19.99 per year or $ 2.99 per week for Pro, can unlock premium features, such as deleting ads, uploading your own deep-fake GIFs, deleting watermarks and unlimited refacing.
But if you do not mind ads (played during content processes) and time gates (you can create up to nine videos or GIFs until the app will time you out for 30 minutes), you will be fine with the free version.
After installing the app, you will encounter a short splash screen, but then you can jump to the right without starting an account, which is quite refreshing. However, you must accept the terms and conditions and agree to share your facial data with the developer. Tap the ticks next to each other and then measure “Continue” to continue.
Step 2: Take a selfie
After some processing, you have the opportunity to confirm that you are happy with your selfie by pressing the cross mark button. Otherwise, you can retake it by tapping the update icon in the upper left corner. You have the option to add more selfies later.
When your selfie is set, the app will sell you with the Pro subscription. Press “X” at the top left to end, or continue with your selected subscription in the app.
Step 3: Select a video for Deep Fake
Reface provides two types of content for refacing, each with some minor differences. At the top of the gallery, you can choose between video collections of current actors, actresses, music artists, models, athletes, etc. selfie. Here you can technically upload someone else’s photo. Please note, however, that this is prohibited under the terms.
Browse the movies for the GIF collections. You’ll find media brands and franchises, like HBO, Game of Thrones, Netflix, Marvel, DC and more, along with content genres, like Billboard artists and rappers, and reactionary groups. Click on a selection and you will jump into the selfie selection. If there is more than one face in the gif, specify which face or faces to replace and then press the Reface button to process.
Step 4: Download or share your creation
If you are working on a video, you will get a preview of your video after the processing is complete. If you are happy with it, click the “Save to Gallery” button to accept media status and download it to your camera roll. When the download is complete, you have the option to share directly with Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or Instagram or tap the device’s submenu for more options.
If you are working with a gif, click on the download icon and then select “VIDEO” or “GIF” to download the animation in both formats. You can also press the “Share” button to share via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram story or your default messaging app or expand your options via the device’s share menu.
In my relatively extensive hands-on with the app, I have experienced that the entertainment value for Reface is enormous. Not enough to pull the trigger on a subscription yet, but enough to anticipate leaning on the app to remix my usual mix of gif reactions in social messaging. While it does not really provide the creative freedom of Snapchat, TikTok or Instagram, it is worth including in your content creation arsenal.
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