What's Even Real Anymore?: Synthesized Obama Lip-Sync From Existing Audio

February 16, 2018


This is a synthesized video of former President Obama convincingly lip-syncing existing audio thanks to the magic of modern technology. In one of the creator's own words while I never believe anybody I ever see on the internet or television again:

Given audio of President Barack Obama, we synthesize a high quality video of him speaking with accurate lip sync, composited into a target video clip. Trained on many hours of his weekly address footage, a recurrent neural network learns the mapping from raw audio features to mouth shapes. Given the mouth shape at each time instant, we synthesize high quality mouth texture, and composite it with proper 3D pose matching to change what he appears to be saying in a target video to match the input audio track

We sure have come a long way, haven't we? What's even real anymore? How do we know we're not just holographic projections anyways? You ever think of that? Maybe we really are just holographic Pokemon cards after all. "We're not all holographic Pokemon cards." Open your eyes, sheeple! "Shuppets." What? "A Shuppet is an actual puppet Pokemon, number 353." Get out of here, nerd!

Keep going for the video.

  • Jesus H. Presley ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ™

    Almost there...

  • I... what... I don't...

  • shashi

    OLD NEWS! i mean FAKE OLD! ahem: i meant DAMN Obamas lookin old. Must be all that golfing and fast food and adultery and religiously watching fox news for many hours a day and giving himself a massive tax cut and leaving 28 million Americans without healthcare. Presidenting is so hard. Not many people know this but running a nation can be kinda complicated.

  • palpable ovaltine

    So I'm the only one who thought it looked pretty terrible? His lips were twitching all over the place and many of the words, especially those with a lot of syllables, didn't match up at all.

  • shashi

    yup, not much progress in the last 10 years https://youtu.be/cL_qGMfbtAk

  • Deksam

    Yup, only a matter of short time before the left use this to try and slander Trump.

  • JJtoob

    People just dug up his tweet from 2016 implying he didn't want guns in schools now that he is saying he wants guns in schools. Didn't need his face for that one.

  • Deksam

    I love the fact he changed his mind on that... and with incentives for the teachers who want to arm themselves, that's Trump Awesome!

  • aldenscott

    As if we needed to do ANYTHING to make Trump or anybody in the GOP look bad.

  • Deksam

    As if???
    That is all the left ever tries to do.

  • How many minutes until you can make a convincing video of anyone saying anything? How long until I can make a video of my ex girlfriend actually saying something nice?!

  • The_Wretched

    3...2...1....Trumpers will retcon reality to say all the insane and low quality sniff filled slurring from Trump (real videos) was just bad retiming in fake videos.

  • Bling Nye


  • Michael Knight

    you get Grand Moff Tarkin to say 'it's a trap' and if it doesn't look like CGI crap, i'll be impressed.

  • PUNX

    so with this they can make any one say anything they want and start wars?
    ...... THANKS OBAMA

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