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.


Effects and Generators

Lightform Creator provides a library of built in custom effects and generators to instantly apply animations and motion content to your scene.

  • Effects: Utilize the LF devices's scan data (colors, disparity, normals, edges, and distance to edges) to create context-aware graphics
  • Generators: Procedurally generated graphics that are not affected by scan data

How To: Add an Effect or Generator to your scene

  1. Select a surface that you’d like to add an effect or generator to
  2. Click on the Library Assets on the Toolbar or press CMD+M
  3. Choose an Effect or Generator asset from the panel by double-clicking on the asset or by selecting it and pressing the Insert Content button

How To: Modify an Effect or Generator in your scene

  1. Click on the new Effect or Generator asset in the Layers Panel
  2. Properties will appear in the Properties Panel on the right side of the screen
  3. You can adjust the parameters of the asset by editing property values

Live Effects

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

Select an effect 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. 



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.

By default the entire published project is pre-rendered video. A live effect (if present) is rendered on top of this pre-rendered video. You will notice that once there is a live effect on a slide, it will move the effect to the top layer of the surface.


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.


Import Your Own Media

You can add your own imported media (video or images) to your project. To browse content that has already been created, check out this list of online resources that provide video files as a service (some free and some paid).  

Lightform Creator supports the following video and image file types:

Video .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .mpeg, .gif, .mkv, .dvx, .flv, .avi*
Image .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, tif, .tiff, .tga

Unsupported -  On windows, we cannot accept files from network drives. Please copy any files to your local drive before importing them into Lightform Creator. 


*We recommend encoding your videos with the h264 codec, .mp4 container, at 30fps, with H.264 Profile: "High". Any bitrate will work, but generally higher is better (Youtube has some helpful guidelines).

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


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 Factura

    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? 



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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)?