Capturing Holographic Memories with Record3D


If you have an iPad Pro or iPhone 10, 11, or 12, taking holographic video on the go has never been easier. Record3D is an IOS app that uses the depth data provided either by LiDAR (iPhone 12 Pro) or the selfie FaceID camera to capture animated point cloud sequences — 3D Videos


1. Record3D Capture

Capture is very simple in Record3D. The App will automatically open up into Record mode for you to capture your first 3D video. Phones with LiDAR technology (iPhone 12) will allow you to capture with the back-facing and front-facing cameras, while phones with only FaceID technology will only allow for front-facing capture.


FaceID capture has simple capture options - adjust the distance of capture (by using your finger to drag the dotted line slider left and right) and Record. Adjusting the capture distance changes the range depth that is captured in the recording. This cannot be adjusted afterwards, so take a bunch of shots with different adjustments to test it out.

Just hit the red button to start and stop recording. Action!


If you have an iPhone 12 Pro, you'll see that there's a difference in the resolution quality of depth capture when compared to the FaceID capture. The depth map looks like a smooth metal over the scene, in comparison to the bumpier depth capture of the FaceID camera.

In LiDAR capture mode (or when using the back-facing camera), you can adjust the distance of capture and turn lighting on and off before you decide to record. If you have LiDAR on your phone, I highly recommend using this to capture 3D videos. The depth maps are naturally cleaner and lead to depthier holograms when viewing on the Looking Glass display. Again, this is only for iPhone 12 Pro users!

2. View in App

Once you're satisfied with your captures, select the Library tab on the lower left of the app screen. Each recording is named by time and date of capture, which you can rename anytime you want. For now, let's tap one of our recordings to select it.

The recording will play in a 3D viewer. You can mess around with it with these controls:

Rotate the 3D video by dragging it with one finger,

Scale by pinching and spreading two fingers,

Pan the video around using two fingers to drag.

Double tap with one finger to reset the position.

And of course, like any video player, you can pause, play and skip around the video.

We won't go over the other fun settings on the panel to the right of the screen, but feel free to mess around with the AR and other 3D features that Record3D provides.

Click the X on the top right of the screen to return to the Library for the next steps.

3. Export and Share

To open up more options on your video, swipe left on the video that you would like to export. The options "Export", "Share", "Rename", and "Delete", will be made available to you.

Select "Export"

then select "Looking Glass (.mp4)" out of the export options.

4. Share

Exporting only prepares the 3D video in the format that you want to send it in. After you successfully export:

swipe left again on that same video

select "Share"

Choose "Looking Glass (.mp4)" in the animation types list

Send yourself the video any way that you like. I use email. Choose your own adventure, though.

Download the video onto your computer and check out your RGB-D video in HoloPlay Studio!