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Add a little AR to your videos
Leo brings the otherworldly to your world. Tap to read.
Augmented Reality Effects
#1 Augmented Reality Camera
Your videos are probably pretty good. They might star your friends and family, document a wedding or a birthday, maybe even pan across a tropical paradise. But do they have any towering giraffes? Dancing skeletons? Downpours of cash that cover the entire screen?
These are just some of the many AR animations you can add with Leo, an app that lets you augment your videos with a wilder, expanded reality (disclaimer: If your videos already feature downpours of cash, you probably don’t need to keep reading).
For an app that can put fictional characters in your living room, it’s remarkably easy to get started.
When you open Leo, the app will immediately begin using your device’s camera and sensors to figure out where it can potentially place AR objects. From there, it’s just a matter of holding up your camera to your surroundings, tapping Add and choosing an object from the menus on the bottom of the screen.
Within seconds, you can send floating balloons over your house or bring a cuddly bunny into your kitchen.
Leo offers more than a dozen categories of AR objects, including animals, statues and dinosaurs, because obviously there must be dinosaurs. You can also search for something specific – a kitten, for instance, or a mummy or rainbow. Once you’ve placed your AR object, tap the purple button to start recording.
When you’re done, save your work to your Camera Roll or share right from the app itself.
Leo also offers a cool social angle: once you create a profile, you can begin following other users, drawing inspiration from their work and even tapping the mirror button on their videos to bring their AR objects into your own world. It’s a great way to get inspiration for your next augmented masterpiece.