Adding Content

Lightform Creator provides a library of built-in content and also lets you import your own content to create unique projected AR experiences.

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Effects

Lightform Creator provides a set of Stock Effects to instantly apply animations and motion content to your scene. Some of these effects utilize the scan image so that they adapt to the color and/or geometry of your scene.

Select a surface that you’d like to add an effect to. Otherwise, a new surface will be created along with the new effect. Click on the Effects Icon on the Toolbar or press CMD+E. Choose an effect from the Effects Panel by double-clicking on the effect or by pressing the Insert Content button.

Click on the new effect in the Layers Panel. Effect properties will appear in the Properties Panel. You can adjust the parameters of the effect by entering a value or by side scrolling to the right and left. The values fall under the range of 0.0 — 1.0.

Live Effects

Live Effects are a Labs feature. To enable Labs, go to the Help Menu and select Enable Labs. 

Select an effects in the Layers Panel. Click on the Live button to enable the effect as a dynamic Live Effect that will run in real-time on your Lightform device when you publish your project. 

After you publish your project, these Live Effects will have adjustable parameters in the Live Effects Parameters Panel in the Control Page. This means that the effects will change in real-time as you edit the parameters. Read more about Live Effects & OSC mappings in the Control Page. 

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Note

You can only have ONE Live Effect per slide. If you try to create another Live Effect when a Live Effect had already existed on that slide, the newly created Live Effect will take precedence and the older Live Effect will lose its Live abilities and turn into a regular effect.

Text

Add text to your project with the Text Tool. Select a surface that you’d like to add text to. Otherwise, a new surface will be created with the new text. Click on the Text Icon on the Toolbar or press T. A text box will appear.

Text properties are shown in the Properties Panel. Edit the text under the Text property. Select the font, style, size, color, alignment, and opacity. 

Built-In Videos

Lightform Creator provides a set of Built-In Videos to apply to your scene.

Select a surface that you’d like to add a video to. Otherwise, a new surface will be created along with the new video. Click on the Project Assets Icon on the Toolbar or press CMD+M. You'll see a dropdown for Videos, Images, and Built-In Videos. Choose a video from the Built-In Videos list by double-clicking on the video or by pressing the Insert Content button.

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Imported Media

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

Note

*We recommend encoding your videos with the h264 codec, .mp4 container, at 30fps, with H.264 Profile: "High".

Click on the Project Assets Icon on the Toolbar or press CMD+M. You'll see the Media Panel, which includes a dropdown for Videos, Images, and Built-In Videos. Scroll to the bottom of the Media Panel. Locate the file dropzone. Choose a file or drag and drop it into the dropzone. The file should appear in the appropriate Videos or Images dropdown.

Select a surface that you’d like to add your media to. Choose the file from the appropriate Videos or Images dropdown by double-clicking on the file or by pressing the Insert Content button.

Content Properties

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Content can be positioned in a surface independently. The position, scale, and rotation in a surface's structure can be changed either in the move tool or via the Properties Panel under Transform. Translating content outside of the structure will clip the content.

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    Alejandro Ramirez

    I´d like you to be more specific. I imported files with h.264 codec, less than 20MB, and it lags when playing..
    What  other recommendations do you have for video importing.??

     

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    Brittany at Lightform

    Hi Alejandro,

    Really sorry about the lags you're experiencing. Lightform Creator is optimized for 30fps videos compressed with the h.264 codec. Could you make sure that the videos are 30fps? Would you also mind sending us any of the videos via private ticket to help us investigate the issue? 

    Best,

    Brittany

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    Jason Soquet

    In Adobe's Media Encoder is a there preset that you found that works the best for original content? Also is there a sweet spot for how long each video should be for optimization?  Thanks for an amazing product.

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    Brittnell Anderson

    Is there an easy way to replace imported media, while retaining the transforms and masks of the originally used material (assuming both files are the exact same specs)?