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Talking Face Generation by Adversarially Disentangled Audio-Visual Representation (AAAI 2019)

We propose Disentangled Audio-Visual System (DAVS) to address arbitrary-subject talking face generation in this work, which aims to synthesize a sequence of face images that correspond to given speech semantics, conditioning on either an unconstrained speech audio or video.

[Project] [Paper] [Demo]

Recommondation of our CVPR21 repo

This repo is barely maintaining since the version of this code is out of date. If you are interested in the topic of Talking Face Generation, feel free to try the CODE of our CVPR2021 PAPER!


Generating test results

Create the default folder "checkpoints" and put the checkpoint in it or get the CHECKPOINT_PATH
  • Samples for testing can be found in this folder named 0572_0019_0003. This is a pre-processed sample from the Voxceleb Dataset.

  • Run the testing script to generate videos from video:

python  --test_root ./0572_0019_0003/video --test_type video --test_audio_video_length 99 --test_resume_path CHECKPOINT_PATH
  • Run the testing script to generate videos from audio:
python  --test_root ./0572_0019_0003/audio --test_type audio --test_audio_video_length 99 --test_resume_path CHECKPOINT_PATH

Sample Results

  • Talking Effect on Human Characters

  • Talking Effect on Non-human Characters (Trained on Human Faces Only)

Create more samples

  • The face detection tool used in the demo videos can be found at RSA. It will return a Matfile with 5 key point locations in a row for each image. Other face alignment methods are also appliable such as dlib. The key points for face alignement we used are the two for the center of the eyes and the average point of the corners of the mouth. With each image's PATH and the face POINTS, you can find our way of face alignment at preprocess/

  • Our preprocessing of the audio files is the same and borrowed from the matlab code of SyncNet. Then we save the mfcc features into bin files.

Preparing Training Data

  • We used the LRW dataset for training.
  • The directories are arranged like this:
├── train, val, test
|	├── 0, 1, 2 ... 499 (one folder for each class)
|	│   ├── 0, 1, 2 ... #videos per class
|	│   │   ├── align_face256
|	│   │   |   ├── 0, 1, ... 28.jpg
|	│   |   ├── mfcc20
|	│   │   |   ├── 2, 3 ... 26.bin

where each video is extracted to frames and aligned using our protocol, and each audio is processed and saved using Matlab.


  • This is still a beta version of the training code which only disentangles wid information from pid space. Running the only might not be able to fully reproduce the paper. However, it can be served as a reference for how we implement the whole training process.
  • During our own implementation, the classification part (without generation and disentanglement) is pretrained first. The pretraining training code is temporarily not provided.

Postprocessing Details (Optional)

  • The directly generated results may suffer from a "zoom-in-and-out" condition which we assume is caused by our alignment of the training set. We solve the unstable problem using Subspace Video Stabilization in the demos.

License and Citation

The use of this software is RESTRICTED to non-commercial research and educational purposes.

  title     = {Talking Face Generation by Adversarially Disentangled Audio-Visual Representation},
  author    = {Zhou, Hang and Liu, Yu and Liu, Ziwei and Luo, Ping and Wang, Xiaogang},
  booktitle = {AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)},
  year      = {2019},


The structure of this codebase is borrowed from pix2pix.


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