NVIDIA has updated its Broadcast software with a beta Eye Contact feature that can help maintain eye contact even when you’re not looking directly at the camera. The feature, similar to Apple’s FaceTime, keeps your gaze fixed on the camera, preserving your blinks and eye colour and even transitioning between digital and real eyes when you look far enough off-centre.
However, the developers have warned that Eye Contact is not completely ready as there are “millions” of potential eye colour and lighting scenarios that they can’t test. They have encouraged users to send feedback videos if the technology misbehaves.
NVIDIA has updated its Broadcast software with a new vignetting effect that darkens the outer edges of the frame, creating a more professional look. The Blur, Replacement, and Remove Virtual Background effects have been improved, thanks to the addition of temporal data that helps the AI make smarter choices. The software is also more accurate and reliable, with fewer errors. NVIDIA has also added simple but heavily-requested options such as the ability to mirror the camera and take screenshots of the webcam.
To use the updated software, a minimum of a GeForce RTX 2060 video card (or its Quadro equivalent) and 8GB of RAM is required. NVIDIA recommends at least a Core i5-8600 or Ryzen 5 2600 processor. Though the Eye Contact feature may be uncanny at times, it could help improve your connection with your audience, particularly if you’re uncomfortable staring directly at the camera.