MashMe - Become an animated character
Become an animated character, chat with your friends or create amazing animated videos - simple and easy!
MashMe - Become an animated character
Become an animated character, chat with your friends or create amazing animated videos - simple and easy!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a superhero? Or an android? T. rex? Beautiful anime girl? Cat warrior? Or any other character you can think of? Well, now you can find out.
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What is MashMe?
MashMe allows you to shed your human shell and enter the world of animation. Your body movements, facial expressions, and voice are transferred to an animated character in real-time, using a webcam. While you are making crazy faces, so is your character. When you wave, your character will do the same. While you’re… You know what to do :)
With MashMe you can create short animation, long animated movies, and beautiful animated videos, or you can chat with your friends as your favorite character.
Until now, expensive professional software was inevitable in order to create animation. Furthermore years were required to master this complex software. But because of the crazy technology behind MashMe, the only thing you need now is to be creative. Pick a character, pick a scene, and that's it! Let us worry about all the complicated stuff—you can immediately have fun creating your own stories or calling your friends or family in character.
Animation - EASY, SIMPLE and FAST. Animation is now for EVERYBODY. With MashMe you can produce animated videos with no animation skills whatsoever. Be an actor or a director, or both! Create movies and have fun while doing it!
Video Chat - Chat with your loved ones as an ancient creature. Meet new people and make them laugh when you appear as a penguin or a fluffy chicken. You're away from home and your pet is bored? Get your pet’s attention acting like an adorable kitty.
Game streaming - Stream gameplays as your favorite character. Frighten your audience by wearing an alien sticky head. State your tactics as an imposing warrior.
Education - School is boring! Well, not anymore. Imagine a mad scientist lecturing a physics class, or a T- Rex teaching kids about dinosaurs.
Presentation - Need to make an impression with your presentation? Present as an animated character in real time and leave everyone in awe. Add an animated presenter to video reviews, product reviews, or any other video you can think of.
Bedtime stories - No matter how old we are, we always remember the bedtime stories our parents used to tell us. With MashMe you can animate bedtime stories with your kids or come up with your own unique fairy tales. Surprise your kids with a cartoon made especially for them, or let them be the star of their own bedtime story.
Youtube channels - Spice up your Youtube channel with MashMe. Reach a broader audience with fantastic looking videos or host your channel as an animated character.
Both editions of MashMe are fully featured and have everything you need to start animating right now. All the tracking options, all the animation options, all the power of MashMe; the simplicity, the quality, all the bells and whistles.
You can animate any character, choose any environment, pick supermoves from our motion packs, add props to scenes and characters, trigger special effects, and use it on-line, off-line, for minutes, hours, or days at a time—no limits.
The difference between the two editions is intended use. MashMe Hero is for home and non-commercial use, while MashMe Extreme is for professional and commercial use (that is, you’re not allowed to make money off the MashMe Hero videos, but you’re free to make money from MashMe Extreme videos). As such, the Extreme edition will be licensed yearly and will come with unlimited access to all current and future MashMe characters and environments, as well as the ability to import your own..
MashMe Hero will include the initial batch of characters and environments, but users will have to purchase any that are subsequently added to our collection as downloadable content (DLC).
Note on "commercial use": both editions are meant for personal and small team use. If you're a large company like a huge YouTube channel, TV station, marketing agency, event organizer or similar you need a MashMe Enterprise. MashMe Enterprise edition isn’t available as a reward. You need MashMe Enterprise if you fulfil one of these conditions :
- you are a medium size enterprise or a large company
- you are using MashMe as a commercial public installation (promotion in shopping malls, bars, restaurants, cinema, etc.)
- you are offering to make commercial videos for someone else (sub - licensing)
If in doubt, contact us, let us know your intended use, we'll work something out (don't worry, you probably won't need the Enterprise edition, but if you do there's added benefits, we customize every Enterprise edition to best suit your needs with things like custom interface, integration into your existing systems, broadcasting format output, clustered rendering, etc).
The prices listed below are exclusive and available on Kickstarter only. Prices may be higher upon public release. Backing our campaign gets you early access to pre-release versions, so you can start using MashMe right away.
In order to receive your feedback for the final stage of development we have created two development entry stages for MashMe backers, Early Demo and Beta access, which will allow you to use MashMe before anyone else and be a part of its creation.
Early Demo access includes webcam (or Kinect) body and face tracking, with a functioning basic interface that includes a few characters, environments, and character actions. You will be among the first people in the world to try out the future of animation from your home. What's more, your feedback will directly shape the final product. Anyone who gets Early Demo access also gets the Beta and the final version when it comes out.
Beta access will have all the functionality of the final MashMe edition, fluid interface, and many more characters and environments than the Early Demo version, but the performance and stability won’t be fully polished. Anyone who gets Beta access also gets the full version when it comes out.
$10 MashMe Hero - You get a full version of MashMe Hero upon release
$20 MashMe Hero + Beta access - You get a full version of MashMe Hero upon release, plus the early Beta release access, so you won’t have to wait as long to start having fun with MashMe.
$20 MashMe Hero + Early demo access + Beta access - A limited number of early backers will get our Early Demo, which will give them the chance to have fun with MashMe right away, plus the Beta access, and of course the full version upon release. There are only 200 spots on our Early Demo access list, so get a spot before they're gone!
$35 2X MashMe Hero + Beta access - Double the fun with two separate MashMe Hero accounts, one for you, one for your friend/sibling/significant other/alternate identity (we don’t judge), so both of you get early Beta access, and also get the full version upon release.
$60 MashMe Hero + Beta access + all characters made by MashMe - This gets you both the Beta and the final release. Additionally, after release we will be adding tons of cool characters and character creator templates to MashMe, which will be free of charge for you. Otherwise new characters and templates will have to be purchased in-app.
$70 MashMe Hero + Beta access + all characters & enviroments made by MashMe - Includes all the products described above, plus all future environments made by MashMe. For free. Forever.
$100 MashMe Extreme - If you need unlimited access to all MashMe characters or if you monetize your videos, then MashMe Extreme is more suitable for you. Use this opportunity to get the first year of MashMe at a lower price. This pledge includes the license fee for the first year of use, starting on the day we release the full version of MashMe.
$120 MashMe Extreme + Beta access - Includes all the benefits described above, plus access to our early Beta release with the same commercial use rights as the full version, and the first year of licensed use starting when MashMe is fully released. You'll get more than a year of full unlimited use with this option!
$200 MashMe Extreme (LIFETIME ACCESS) - As a true believer you get lifetime access to MashMe Extreme upon release.
$220 MashMe Extreme (LIFETIME ACCESS) + Beta access - Includes all the benefits described above, plus access to our early Beta release with the same commercial use rights as the full version.
$1 000 MashMe Extreme + Custom skin - As a serious backer you get lifetime access to MashMe Extreme upon release, early Beta access, and a very special bonus: we will make a custom skin for any of our characters based upon your wishes. It might sound gruesome, but it’s 3D modeling terminology! It means we make a change to the appearance of one of our characters at your request, something as simple as giving Greg a tattoo or making Ares more fluffy, or as complex as giving A.N.N.I. translucent glass armor instead of white metal—anything you can think of, as long as it’s a surface change.
$5 000 MashMe Extreme + Custom character - As a top backer you get lifetime access to MashMe Extreme and early Beta access, and we will make a completely new character for MashMe based on your wishes. It can be a caricature of you, your favorite animal, your alter-ego, the embodiment of an in-joke you have with your friends, the superhero your kid drew, or anything else you can think of.
$10 000 MashMe HQ + Game of Thrones The King’s Landing and more awesomeness! - As our ultimate backer you get everything: Early demo, Beta access, and MashMe Extreme for indefinite use. Plus you will visit us at our headquarters, meet the team, get to experience the magic behind MashMe, and find out about the new cool stuff we're planning for MashMe in the future. Furthermore, we will give you an on-location tour of Game of Thrones - King’s Landing, in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Finally, we will make a 3D scan of you and create a 3D model for use in MashMe in your honor.
These are a few of our initial characters:
Otto Von Doctrich, crazy scientist, is attempting to build a time machine to either prevent the apocalypse or cause one. He's not entirely sure which.
Watch out for Taco Rex, the piñata enthusiast—he's ready to party.
Kohaku Otori, passionate collector of socks, will impress you with her dance moves.
A.N.N.I., a robot with anger management issues. Has managed to calculate the last digit of π.
Greg is an astonishing lifeguard on a Caribbean desert island. In his free time he enjoys sunbathing and swimming with his duck floaty ring.
Ares of the White Tiger Clan is a fearsome warrior by night, but a lovable cat during the day.
And we'll be adding tons more.
We offer you many different environments to play with. Take A.N.N.I. with you to explore the mysterious streets and futuristic skyscrapers of the Dark City.
Take swimming lessons with Greg in the blue lagoon or drink rum on a pirate ship moored near the Island of Greg.
Dance with Kohaku Otori on the sunny streets of colorful Cartoon town, or make pumpkin pies on Uncle Chan’s farm.
Watch Taco Rex struggle with the candy piñata in the Dino desert.
Help Otto build a time machine in his post-apocalyptic laboratory.
And a whole lot more. All environments are fully 3D, with dynamic elements, and you can position characters anywhere.
We’re developing MashMe as a Windows application, and initially we will support webcam and Kinect cameras for tracking. We have Mac and mobile versions planned as stretch goals, and after release we will be adding support for many other tracking devices (like the Leap Motion, Intel Realsense cameras, inertial trackers like Razer Hydra and Sixense STEM, and many others).
$70.000 OS-X support - self explanatory: we will port MashME to OS-X so you can have fun using it on your Mac, not just your PC.
$150.000 Character creator factory - While MashMe Extreme has an option to import any character model you want, it’s only meant for experts, as the 3D character model has to be specially prepared to be able to work with MashMe. But with this feature, all MashMe users will be able to create their own unique characters. Start by choosing a character template (human, lizard, humanoid lion...), add parts from existing models and change their size, shape, color, body and face characteristics —everything. Every character will be totally unique and different from each other and it will be ridiculously simple to use.
$240.000 MashMe iOS - we will make a special IOS version of MashMe with as many features of the PC version as we can stuff into an iPhone, so you can animate on the go.
$300.000 MashMe Android - Same, but for Android.
$320.000 Gesture controlled actions - so you don’t have to return to your computer to trigger a special effect or change the scene, with this upgrade you will be able to link gestures to actions. You can make it rain by clapping, have your character do magic with a wave of an arm, get A.N.N.I to blow steam out of her ears by frowning, and a lot more.
$330.000 Dynamic Virtual Camera - you can already pick a camera angle and position in MashMe, but this upgrade will make the MashMe camera movement intelligent so you can get movie-like framing without even thinking about it.
$340.000 Special effects - what’s a movie without heavy rain during an emotional scene? Or explosions in an action scene? Or fireworks in a wizard duel? This upgrade adds all that and much, much more.
$360.000 Real world animation (3d camera only) - you can already put a photo of your living room behind MashMe characters, but this upgrade lets you replace yourself in the actual video with a MashMe character, with proper lighting. Sell the idea that there is a T-rex in your backyard to your friends.
Ways you can support us
Share our campaign and spread the word. With every share, MashMe is a step closer to reaching our goal and making our vision a reality.
MashMe will be distributed directly from our website, but if you have Steam and would prefer to get MashMe from there, you can support getting us Greenlit by clicking on the picture above.
This is the team who is dreaming up MashMe. We started our journey two and a half years ago with a crazy vision: to help anybody in the world become whoever they want to be. Along the way we've met many professionals and enthusiasts who have helped us build this incredible world of creation called MashMe. Now it's time to open the gates so you can join us.
After two and a half years of research and development funded solely by our own resources, we’re proud to have brought MashMe to this level. Now we need your support to help us complete the final phase of development, bring the right people on board, and fully focus on all the steps we need to take to bring MashMe from a functional prototype to your screen.
- Taco Rex by Vitor Maccari
- Otto Von Doctrich by David Anastacio Ferreira
- Greg by Andor Kollar
- Ares by Jay Choi
- Kohaku Otori by Unity Technologies Japan G.K.
- Dark city, Pirate Island, Cartoon Town, farm, Asia by Manufactura K4
- Unity Labs by Unity Technologies
- Hangar by Yunus Emre Yaman
- Wild West by Subspherical Studios
- Robot by Shadosk
- Sintel by Durian project
- Bue lizard by James Neale
- Piero by CG Cookie
- Mighty Scream Harvester by Klimov Alexey
- Hunter by lumpycow
- Big Buck Bunny by Blender Foundation
- Sumo wrestler by aguanzon
- Golem by Hendri A. Nugraha
Presenting & voice over by Iva Sulentic
Pictures and GIF's by Ines Damjanovic
Risks and challenges
We have a clear understanding of the steps needed to make the core features fully functional. The risks and challenges are minimal.
The only potential risk is that our team encounters some unforeseen obstacle in the development process, delaying development by a few weeks. This is unlikely, since we created a detailed project roadmap in advance, and considered all the possible difficulties we might encounter.
Webcam body tracking technology is in the first stages of R&D—it's amazing how far it has gotten at this point. The challenge for our application is to bring webcam tracking to a more fluid level. We are partnered with the leading experts in the industry and are confident that we will be able to meet this challenge.
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