Personal Avatars

Synthesia personal avatar creation and guidelines

Personal avatars allow you to create your own custom avatar (look and voice) of yourself to use in your video.

Creating a personal avatar

To get started with your personal avatar:

  1. Click on + Create avatar in the Avatar page.
  2. Select Personal avatar.
  3. Review the setup instructions.
  4. Record your avatar.
  5. Record your consent.
  6. Submit your recording.


  • The background you capture your footage in is what you’ll see for your personal Avatar, find somewhere that matches the look and feel you want for your Synthesia videos.
  • Its not possible to turn footage of a cartoon character into a personal avatar
  • To create a personal avatar, you must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Your personal avatar is only available in your account, unless you specify otherwise.

Recording guidelines

To ensure your personal avatar looks and performs its best, follow these steps when capturing your footage.

📹 Setup

  • Camera: You can use your webcam or an external device hooked up to your computer to capture your performance
    • If you’re using an external device such as your smartphone or a DLSR, plug it into your computer and select it in the dropdown menu when setting up your recording environment
    • Keep the camera as still as possible, this helps for a better outcome when generating
  • Lighting: Keep the lighting natural, if your using professional lighting: softbox lights work best.
  • Angle: A front facing camera angle is recommended, but you can try varying the degrees for a different angle.


  • Your voice clone is captured at the same time, it’s important that the audio from your footage is clear and audible.
  • Ensure your in a quiet environment without too much background or ambient noise.

🖼️ Background

  • Try to avoid backgrounds that might blend into your personal Avatar.
  • Ensure that the lighting in your background is natural and consistent.
  • Make sure that you are the only person in the foreground of the video. Synthesia can only create an Avatar of one person at a time.


  • Avoid any sudden movements and maintain eye contact with the camera.
  • Speak naturally and clearly, try not to cover your face with your hands.
  • Sitting or standing still while recording will capture the best results, however you can try subtle movement for a more natural Avatar.
  • Take a breath in-between paragraphs and close your mouth.
  • Be expressive and happy for a more engaging Avatar.

Delete a Personal Avatar

To delete a personal avatar, reach out to [email protected] with the avatar ID you want to delete. Use the 3-dot menu to get the Avatar ID.