The 2021 Lumiere Award Winning Cyclops AR is an Augmented Reality app for iOS. It enables you to visualize CG objects composited into the iPad’s camera view in real-time.
This is similar to simulcam but runs entirely on an iPad. Cyclops can be used during shooting or on a scout to easily visualize the VFX elements of a location, scene, or set in the context of the real world. Since it’s running on an iPad it can easily be passed to other crew and cast members so they can be better informed about the VFX action that is being shot.
Quick intro to Cyclops
With Cyclops, you can visualize CG top-ups on your set. You can add any of your CG assets to see how they fit in that space. Additionally, you can load up previs shots and view the previs animation composited into the real location or set to understand how the action will fit into your real-set. As you move around the location, the CG items will track to the real world.
Cyclops has tools to move around, rotate and scale CG assets, save bookmarks, align to the real world, playback animation, adjust lighting, toggle visibility layers, change lenses, save recordings and much more. You can download new content to Cyclops quickly and easily from any location without having to install a new app.
We’re thrilled to announce the release of Cyclops 3.1 which is full of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Below are some of the highlights from this release:
Photo & Video data recording. Previously when you created a photo or video all we could do is save the image or video file. Now we’re able to record the camera info and animation data. This means we can quickly and accurately recreate your Cyclops cameras in Unreal.
World Anchoring System. Users can now use Microsoft Azure Spatial Anchors to save and load the CG-to-Real alignment. This system is incredibly powerful and can really speed up the process of re-alignment. Additionally, when using Azure Anchors it’s possible to easily share anchors between devices.
Click the button below to read about all the features in Cyclops.
We now have a Public Beta of Cyclops 3.1. This will allow you to download and try out Cyclops on your own. Click the button to sign up for the Public Beta.
Cyclops offers the ability to match the film back and lens from any camera. You can set the film back to match your shooting camera and then use the lens up/down buttons to cycle through lenses. Cyclops will accurately match the FOV for the lens and camera. You can customize the lenses that are available in Cyclops.
Cyclops features three different operation modes. Asset Mode is for adding assets into a location or set. Shot Mode is for playing back animation or aligning your CG world to the real world. VCam Mode is for exploring your CG world without integrating the iPad camera image. Each mode is tuned to offer the best user experience.
You can dolly, boom, and pan the camera as well as orbit around any spot in a scene. You can lock the camera from moving so you can easily reoriente the CG world. Align special Holdout objects to real-world objects or a set so CG assets can appear behind real-world objects. Any real people in the camera view are automatically composited over the top of CG objects, no green screen required.
Cyclops has a robust collection of Asset tools. Add, move, rotate, scale, drag and pick up assets in any scene. Cyclops features both touch-based controls and a virtual joystick to handle assets. Tap and manipulate any asset in your scene. If you have custom assets for your show, those can be easily added to Cyclops.
Check out the complete wide range of features in Cyclops
Cyclops Highlight Reel
Want to know more? Check out this Highlight reel of things that you can do in Cyclops. Including some of our work on recent projects.
Cyclops SXSW Presentation
Check out this exclusive virtual presentation we did for Cyclops in our Virtual Production panel at SXSW 2021. In this demo, we cover all the basics of what Cyclops can do and why it is an invaluable on-set tool for visualizing VFX in the real world.
2021 Lumiere Award
Cyclops was honored with the Technology Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) in 2021. The AIS Lumiere Awards acknowledge technical achievements that are currently accelerating the entertainment industry.
The AIS awards committee recognized Cyclops as a new and exciting technology that was an incredible leap forward from the traditional method of a tennis ball on a stick to visualize VFX elements on-set. They immediately saw the immense potential and usefulness of Cyclops to help make more informed decisions when filming.
Sign up for the public beta or request a demo
We now have a public beta of Cyclops 3.1. Sign up now to get access to download the beta.
We’re excited to be doing In-person demos again in London, Los Angeles, & Atlanta. Not in one of those places, we can do Virtual Demos anywhere.
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