What is it and what does it do?
It's a combo of mobile and desktop apps. The mobile app is essentially a camera that also records AR tracking
Byplay Desktop downloads a processed video and prepares it for easy importing into a VFX package. It also installs our Houdini plugin. More plugins coming soon.
In the end you get a scene with background video and animated camera. Just drop a 3D object in there and it's ready to renderHow good is the tracking?
The app uses ARKit on iOS and ARCore on Android. Those are libraries developed by Apple and Google respectively. Both are state of the art for realtime tracking, and most of the time it sticks perfectly.
Sometimes is may happen that phone loses tracking and restores it within a second. As a general rule, lighting conditions and phone's computational power affect tracking quality the most.
Just give it a try in several videos and see for yourselfCan I mount it on a professional camera and use as a tracking device?
This may work, but we haven't tried it yet. If you do, make sure to think about time syncing the main camera and the phone and measure distance between the phone camera and the main camera lens.
Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
to let me know how it goes!What Apple devices are supported?
Any device that runs ARKit, namely iPhone 6s or newer
Of course the more powerful device the better the tracking, but in our tests 6s already gives solid tracking in good lighting conditions
iPads work as well!What Android devices are supported?
Even though there's no production-ready Android version yet, check out ARCore supported devices
to know if your phone will be supportedIs it free?
It's a freemium app, meaning you can use it for free but video duration is limited to 5 seconds. There's no other limitations: you can shoot and upload as many videos as you'd likePrice
Byplay Camera is a freemium subscription-based app. Price per month depends on country because of different VATs.
It's $10 in the USA and 8€ in Europe. There is also a yearly subscription with nice discount and 7 days free trial