Minimum Requirements

Check to see if your computer, Wi-Fi network, and projector meet our minimum requirements

  1. Computer Requirements
  2. Wi-Fi Network Requirements
  3. Projector Compatibility

Computer Requirements

We are actively developing and testing our software on various machines and operating systems. Below you can find our current recommendations. Updated June 1, 2020. 

OS MacOS 10.13+ or Windows 10
CPU 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor*
Graphics Most GPUs supporting OpenGL 4.1+
RAM 8 GB of RAM minimum (16 GB+ recommended)
Disk space 1 GB of free disk space for install
Network Access Wi-Fi or Ethernet Connection

Please Note:

Lightform Creator is a processor-intensive software similar to a video game. While Lightform Creator may run with these minimum requirements, modern computers suitable for media and graphics are recommended.

Known Issues

We have seen a few instances of the following machines exhibiting speckles that appear when adding media or an effect to a surface in Lightform Creator. This issue does not affect published projects. If you experience this issue, please submit a bug report.

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2013)

We have seen a few instances of the following Mac machines with Geforce GT series graphics cards (650M and 750M) exhibiting text corruption in Lightform Creator (e.g., character deletion, illegible text):

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)
  • iMac (Late 2013)
  • iMac (Late 2012)

If Lightform Creator does not run on your machine, or you are having trouble using the software, please submit a ticket or a bug report within the application.

  • Touchscreens such as Microsoft Surface Pros are not supported.
  • OSC color parameters are not working. 

Wi-Fi Network Requirements

Please make sure you are using a supported network type. If you are unable to meet these Wi-Fi requirements, you will need to connect your Lightform device to your router via an Ethernet cable or take the device somewhere with a supported Wi-Fi network to get started.

Supported Network Types

  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks*
  • WPA/WPA2 Personal networks, WEP, Unsecured

    *On LF1, 5GHz is not supported (must use 2.4GHz)

Unsupported Network Types

  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
  • Captive PortalNetworks like you find at airports, hotels, coffee shops, or corporate/university networks that use 802.11x i.e. "xfinitywifi"

Projector Compatibility

The LF1 & LFC were designed to work with most projectors. Once you connect your LF1 or LFC, it automatically detects and calibrates to your projector during the scan process. To look up your projector's specs, including throw ratio, see projector central's search page. The LF2 an all in one solution -- it is a projector that has a camera built into it. The LF2 supports itself and cannot be used in tandem with another projector. 

Please select your device: 

LFC Compatible Projectors
Max resolution 1920x1200@60hz*
Throw Ratio 0.5-2.0 
HDMI input Yes
Brightness Any brightness (depending on ambient light). If LFC can see the projected image and the projection is in focus, then it can perform a scan.

*The output signal of the LFC is limited to 1920x1200 but it works with projectors whose resolution is greater than that (e.g., 4K). For projectors with resolution greater than 1920x1200, the projector will automatically upscale the signal from the Lightform device to match the native resolution of the projector. To look up your projector's specs, including throw ratio, see projector central's search page. Lightform does not support resolutions @120hz. 

Disclaimer

Lightform devices may not be compatible with DVI and VGA adapters.

 

LF1 Compatible Projectors
Max resolution 1920x1200*
Throw Ratio 0.85-1.8 ("Standard Throw")
HDMI input Yes
Brightness If you can see the projection with your naked eye (without sunglasses), then the LF1 can scan.

*The output signal of the device is limited to 1920x1200 but it works with projectors whose resolution is greater than that (e.g., 4K). For projectors with resolution greater than 1920x1200, the projector will automatically upscale the signal from the Lightform device to match the native resolution of the projector. To look up your projector's specs, including throw ratio, see projector central's search page.

Disclaimer

Lightform devices may not be compatible with DVI and VGA adapters.

 

LF2
The LF2 is our all in one solution with a camera and projector incorporated.  LF2 has a minimum focus distance of 3 feet and the throw ratio is 1.2. As an estimate, in bright ambient light, it can scan scenes up to ~6 feet wide and in a dark room, scenes up to ~12 feet wide. 

Disclaimer

The extra USB/HDMI ports on the LF2 are not functional and should not be used (e.g. you can't plug in two projectors, use the audio jack to feed sound into your project, or plug in a USB drive or another camera/etc.) 
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    Marc Syp

    Do you have any plans to support higher resolution projectors in the future?  

    Thanks!

    Marc

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    Ehsan at Lightform

    Hey Marc, the max resolution of the LF1 hardware is 1920x1200 but it works with projectors whose resolution is greater than that (e.g., 4K). For projectors with resolution greater than 1920x1200, the projector will automatically upscale the signal from the Lightform device to match the native resolution of the projector.

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    Marc Syp

    ok, interesting. That's good to know... So let's rephrase: anything on the hardware roadmap to make a 4k version in the future?

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    Ehsan at Lightform

    We are definitely considering it :)