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Lightform is designed to be used in controlled environments.
- Water Resistance: None (Use caution if operating outdoors)
- Operating Temperature: 0°C - 30°C (32°F - 86°F) ambient conditions; Ensure proper ventilation around the device. Do not install in tightly enclosed spaces. Ambient Light: If you can clearly see the projected image, then the Lightform device can scan the object.
Overall, projection doesn't work in direct sunlight, and performance varies with the amount of sun or artificial light in the scene.
Lightform is focused on building the Lightform platform, and doesn't provide professional services at this time. Here are some online resources to help.
- Lumitrix has a calculator for building projections (http://configurator.lumitrix.eu/).
- If you know what projector you want to use, Projector Central has a calculator (https://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator-pro.cfm).
- Mapping Matter has a great solution for pre-visualizing your projection scene, but is a bit pricey (http://www.mappingmatter.com/pricing.html).
- Navigate to the Control Page. Your device’s properties are displayed there.
- Enable the "Labs" features by checking "Enable Labs" in the Help menu.
- Find the Saved networks property box on the left
- In the Saved networks property box, right-click on the network you would like to forget.
- Click the Remove network '[network name]' option. Lightform Creator and your device will forget the network and once you restart, you will need to go through the pairing process again.
You can add your own imported media (video or images) to your project. Lightform Creator supports the following video and image file types:
|Video||.mov, .mp4, .mpg, .mpeg, .flv, .avi*|
|Image||.bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff, .tga|
*We recommend encoding your videos with the h264 codec, .mp4 container, at 30fps, with H.264 Profile: "High".
You can import your own images and videos, or use our library of built-in effects.
You can export masks in Lightform Creator to use in other content creation software. You can then publish the video back into Lightform Creator. See more information on how to do this in After Effects here.
The LF1 uses a 12V DC input and draws up to 20 Watts depending on usage. We include the appropriate AC power adapter and interchangeable plugs for US, EU, and UK standard outlets.
The LF2 comes with a and includes standard plugs for the region it is purchased in.120-240V AC input
The LFC comes with a 12VDC 3A power supply that requires 120-240VAC input and comes with interchangeable standard plugs for North America, Europe, UK, and Australia.
The LF1 works with most normal throw projectors (throw ratio 0.85-1.8).
The LFC works with projectors with most normal throw projectors and some short throw projectors (throw ratio 0.50-2.0).
Compatible projectors must have HDMI input and support 1080p input resolution. Projectors of any size and brightness can be used. As long as you can see the projected image well on an object, then Lightform will be able to perform a scan.
LFC will scan any size scene 1ft to infinity. Your projector image must be bright enough for the camera to see, and the projected image must be in focus. LFC works with projectors that meet the following criteria:
- HDMI input
- Throw Ratio: 0.5 – 2.0
- Any brightness (depending on ambient light)
- Any lamp type (e.g. LED, Laser, bulb)
LFC outputs a maximum resolution of 1920×1200. Using a projector that is longer than the recommended throw ratio may yield a low-quality scan. If LFC can see the projected image and the projection is in focus, then it can perform a scan. Lookup your projector specs, including throw ratio, here.
- Restart the Lightform by unplugging the power cable and plugging it back in
- Restart the projector
- Make sure the HDMI cable is connected to both the projector and Lightform
- Make sure the projector is on the right input mode
- If you have the scan window up, you should see a projected test card. If for some reason the test card is appearing but you still get this error, it might be because the projector is too dim.
- In the scan dialog, turn on “Safe Mode” and turn off “Apply Mask” under Advanced Settings in the scan page
- If that doesn’t work, move the projector closer to the scene and/or zoom the projector in
If none of that works, please reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Replace the color image in your project file with the image you'd like to have act as your "scan". To do this, you would:
- Take a scan of anything (a blank wall for instance) and then save that scan's project.
- Go to the project file on your computer and replace the color image in the project file with the image you'd like to use as your scan. Please note - this image should be the same resolution as your projector's resolution.
- Restart Lightform Creator and open the project with the replaced color image. This will allow you to use our generative effects on top of the image using the color data in the image.
2. Draw on top of an image using the pen tool directly in Lightform Creator.
- Import the photo like you would any video or photo asset
- Use the pen tool to create surfaces on top of the image. Please note - this would not allow you to use the brush or magic wand tools with the color data in the image so our generative effects would not work the same way they would in the first option option but it would be easy to use the pen tool to draw surfaces over the image and insert content that way.
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