Getting Started with HoloPlay Studio


HoloPlay Studio is the hologram companion app for your Looking Glass Portrait. With it, you can import holograms from a variety of sources, make minor edits to any hologram you create, and sync to your Looking Glass Portrait for Standalone Mode.

Supports iPhone Portrait Photos, Light Field Photosets, and RGBD and Quilt media.

NOTE: This is a beta release. More information about this in the documentation.

Required software


1. The many types of holograms

Holoplay Studio allows you to import multiple types of holographic media. These include:

2. Importing your media

To bring in your new capture, select Add Hologram > Choose the media type you'd like to import>Import File and navigate to your file in file browser or finder.

You can only import one file at a time (for now!)

*Note: Light Field Photo sets are full folders of image sets, not a single file. so you'll need to select the whole folder they're in.

3. Editing your playlist

Once you've imported a few files into HoloPlay Studio you'll be able to reorder your playlist. The playlist determines how long each hologram will play for in stand alone mode.

Right click the hologram you just imported into your Playlist, to

  • Duplicate,

  • Edit Length,

  • Delete, or

  • Rename your hologram.

    You can also find these options by going to Edit in the HoloPlay Studio's window bar.

4. Hologram Properties

Each type of Holographic media has different properties you can edit.

Lightfield Photosets

Selecting a Light Field will make the property "focus" available to you. This allows you to change the area of the image that's the most clear, and allows you to better frame and position your content.


Selecting a quilt will make the following properties available to you:

  • Columns

  • Rows

  • Aspect Ratio

These numbers are specific to each type of quilt, you need to take into account how many rows and columns your quilts have, as well as the aspect ratio it was captured in.

To Zoom and Pan on your quilt you can move your jmouse cursor over to the looking glass. Scroll to Zoom, and use Left Click to Pan.

iPhone Import

Importing an iPhone or RGB-D hologram from your playlist not only automatically displays it in the Looking Glass Portrait, but it also allows you to make live changes to the following properties:

  • Depthiness

  • Focus

Depthiness Allows you to adjust how 3D the photo is.

Focus allows you to adjust where the photo sits in the focal plane of the display.

RGBD Import

RGBD image / video also has "Depth Position" "Chroma Depth" and "Depth Inversion" in its properties (unlike iPhone).

Depth Position - allows you to tell HoloPlay Studio where the depth map sits in relation to the RGBD image (in case it is not on the right side, which is the default setting)

Chroma depth - allows you to import hue encoded depth map data.

Depth Inversion - allows you to switch the depth values so that black denotes the closest point of the image, and white denotes the furthest point of the image. At it's default, it is white as the closest, and black as the furthest.

You can also frame and crop your holograms with the following controls:

  • Mouse wheel / two finger scroll— zoom in and out

  • Mouse click + drag— pan around image

    Once you've finished making your adjustments those changes will stay until you choose to edit them again.

5. Syncing your Playlist

Now that you've created a playlist with your iPhone photos, click on the Sync Playlist button. You're able to save the holograms to your device for Standalone Mode, to bring around and show off to your friends and family. You can only sync one Playlist at a time (for now!)

Note that syncing your playlist will overwrite the existing playlist on the portrait. This means that any content that isn't in your HoloPlay Studio playlist will no longer show up in stand alone mode.
If you'd like to include the demo reel holograms you can grab them from here and import them onto your portrait.

6. Stand Alone Mode

Standalone Mode

To view your holographic playlist you created in HoloPlay Studio, switch your Looking Glass Portrait to Standalone Mode. You can have the Looking Glass Portrait connected to either your wall adapter or to your PC/Mac.

Switch the Portrait into Standalone Mode by pressing the ON/OFF button. Review the Looking Glass Portrait Getting Started Guide for a more detailed refresher.