NEW RELEASE: CamTrackAR, free 3D video capture for iOS

KirstieTKirstieT StaffAdministrator, Moderator, Website User Posts: 1,056 Staff
edited July 31 in CamTrackAR

Hey everyone! We're so excited to announce the release of our newest, groundbreaking tech which is going to change the workflow of filmmakers forever. 

CamTrackAR is the first app in the world to automatically capture 3D tracking data alongside your shot.

You can download it for free on the App Store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1502545167#? (multiple anchor points and export to AE is a paid feature - but export to HitFilm and Blender are both free!) 

And here's our release video with some cool test shots! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApiwM5l9It0 

We'd love to know what you think about the app - and of course, if you could leave us a review on the App Store if you loved it, that would be much appreciated!

I'm going to make a guess at one of the questions already - the reason that this app can only be used on an iPhone currently is down to the AR camera data we are able to pull from Apple’s hardware technology. We had to start somewhere and ARKit is amazingly good, and we're going to talk to Google about the best way forward for Android - so stay tuned! Sign up to our newsletter if you haven't already. 

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  • tddavistddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,178 Moderator

    @KirstieT Thanks for the update  on the Android front.  Mych appreciated.

  • DewrDewr Website User Posts: 129 Enthusiast
    edited July 31

    So this could be used for shooting an initial pass for various effects elements before shooting the pass with actors?

    And if I wanted to use this with Fusion, will that be included in the future?

  • GrayMotionGrayMotion Website User Posts: 1,368 Enthusiast
    edited July 31

    Is CamTrackAR  available in the APP store yet? I cant seem to find it in the store

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,254 Ambassador
  • GrayMotionGrayMotion Website User Posts: 1,368 Enthusiast

    I guess I cant fool the App store on my iMac :-) Need the iPhone or iPad

  • tddavistddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,178 Moderator

    @GrayMotion Yeah, as I understand it (and that is very limited) your iMac doesn't have the built in location info I'm sure it wants.

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    Hi guys,

    An interesting development but as an android guy myself not great from my point of view. Good to see you are looking into that though.  I do have a question. I beleive framerate impacts on tracks and their accuracy if it is changed. What framerates can this film in? I tend to use 24 fps.

  • Andy001zAndy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,864 Ambassador

    Hoping to see how Sam at corridor digital users this.

  • Andersen01498Andersen01498 Website User, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 930 Enthusiast

    I am so waiting for the Android version!!!! Cant wait....this is a huge game-changer to VFX in general btw 

    Should this work with Maya or any fbx data.  I am not a blender user. 

     

     

  • MessenMessen Website User Posts: 86 Enthusiast

    I dried my iphone's battery yesterday with this. Twice. It's fantastic! I made just a few test shots, but it's amazing how fast you can work with this. I made a meteor shower with a handheld camera footage, an ar like hud element for a sci-fi film, and grab the camera motion data for a minecraft video.

    I had only two issues:

    - It doesn't tolerate fast movements well. I think, it's a HW and not a SW issue, but I think a fast paced action video is out of scope. For now ;)

    - The floor detection has it's own soul. With a complex floor texture - like gravel or too many pebbles - it loose the floor alignment very easy and it's hard to set up. If you want to grab the camera motion data only, use something smoother, like a concrete floor or a plaid. 

    Thank you guys for making this free for a hobbist. My family hates you, but I love it :D

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast
    edited August 2

    Just be careful of waiting for the android version as it may never come. The same was true of the action pro app. 

    There are sometimes technical issues with these things.

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    I do have a question. How do you get the files off the ios device on to a Windows pc? I am not very familiar with ios. I do have some ios devices kicking around I'm not sure if they meet the spec so I could try it out or get a second hand device to try it. I just need to get the files off to be able to use them.

  • chrigufchriguf Website User Posts: 287 Just Starting Out

    On ios you have „documents folder „ for icloud drive. On Windows install icloud app

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    Can I use another cloud platforms.I already have others in place and I would rather not install a terrible Apple Windows app if I can help it. My experience of Apples attempts to implement  on windows is not good. 

  • SeanDoubleJSeanDoubleJ Website User Posts: 50 Just Starting Out

    @DreamArchitect I use Google Drive to upload files from iOS. No Apple Windows app required. ?

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    @SeanDoubleJ. Perfect. I have that 

    @chriguf thanks for the initial info. 

    I'll see if any of the devices I have will work with it. 

  • HitFilmer238719HitFilmer238719 Website User Posts: 1

    Hi there,
    CamTrackAR is a fantastic app!! But it would be even more fantastic, if you would add a focus lock option, to avoid permanent autofocus adjustments in certain situations.
    Thank you
    Christoph

  • jmmaurerjmmaurer Website User Posts: 3

     I purchased the app and running it on an Iphone 8 Plus.  It seems to work, it looks like it is tracking. it says it output the files, but I can't find them.  I looked under files, I searched my camera role, I cloud and other linked cloud drives but no files... Is there any help?

  • TheBenNorrisTheBenNorris Staff Administrator, Website User, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 1,562 Staff

    @jmmaurer sometimes apple devices seem to have a bug where they don't update their file contents correctly. If you connect your device to a computer, you should be able to see the files there.

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    Looks like I won't be testing this after all. Both the ipads we have are 2016 so don't meet the required specs I think

  • WedgeOzWedgeOz Website User Posts: 204 Enthusiast

    Yes, I found all my files by connecting my iPad to my PC, then opening iTunes (I think the folder is File Sharing) or something like that.

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    Would anyone be willing to share some test files from  the app so I can try it out and decide if I want to shell out £400 on  new ipad just for this app or not. Plus the cost of the app of course ?

  • alaska_vfx_filmeralaska_vfx_filmer Website User Posts: 450 Enthusiast

    Just saw new release, makes me wish I was on ios, Now you just need to add mocap capabilities and, WOW!! ;-)

  • KirstieTKirstieT Staff Administrator, Moderator, Website User Posts: 1,056 Staff

    @DreamArchitect so you're looking for iPad footage which has been pre-filmed, with exported video and the camera tracking data, so that you can try it out in HitFilm/other software, to be clear?

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

     Hi @KirstieT,

    Whatever platform really. Ipad or iphone doesn't matter. I want to get a feel for how it works with hitfilm and blender and how I would use it and whether it would be worth the extra outlay.  Ideally I would wait for the android version but I'm not convinced you are going to deliver that. It would be nice to have the csv as well but I know that's a paid for option so I can fully understand you not wanting to share.

  • KirstieTKirstieT Staff Administrator, Moderator, Website User Posts: 1,056 Staff

    Hi @DreamArchitect - we'll see what we can do! I'll have a chat to our content creators and see if we have some footage we can share.

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast

    Thank you @KirstieT that would be great

  • KirstieTKirstieT Staff Administrator, Moderator, Website User Posts: 1,056 Staff

    Sorry for the delay @DreamArchitect - I've sent you some test footage via DM!

  • DreamArchitectDreamArchitect Website User Posts: 595 Enthusiast
    edited September 14

    Brilliant, Thanks @KirstieT

    No Probs about the delay. There wasn't any urgency. I look forward to trying it out. When I'm not doing my day Job that is

  • JimmyGunawanJimmyGunawan Website User Posts: 2 Just Starting Out

    Do we have example test footage motion that does not wobble? I did so many tests and always have that weird jitter when importing the data into Blender.

    I wonder if the app needs to be improved in term of tracking, especially with Lidar soon-ish available when iPhone 12 Pro arrived. And if possible maybe we could add some kind of "dummy" AR that we can anchor into 3D real world during the shooting.

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