PreviewAR 4+

Your On-Set VFX Viewfinder

Toby Duffy

    • 3.8 • 4 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The industry-leading augmented reality app for film and video production, now with a host of revolutionary new features!

Made for independent studios and used by world-renowned production companies, PreviewAR is the easiest way to view your 3D characters and objects in the real world using technology you already have.

PreviewAR supports most major 3D file formats, including OBJ, USD, DAE, FBX. Download now and see your animated, textured characters and objects live on-set.

"The app is great. I’ve been really enjoying using it ... I’m currently using the app to preview assets so that I can work out framing issues and be confident of final compositions.”
VFX Supervisor, ILM

"PreviewAR provides a wonderful shortcut to viewing a 3D asset and sharing that experience with others in the room, without need for a headset. Its application on a sound stage is quite amazing - it's allowed us to quickly see a potential set build without harming the budget.”
Art Director, Painting Practice

PreviewAR uses real-world scale to show your models as accurately as possible. Along with people + environment occlusion, your models will be deeply incorporated into the environment, and the full-screen immersive AR display means the scene can come alive right before your eyes.

The on-screen controls let you adjust all aspects of the scene without getting in the way. Change lighting angles, scale models and adjust positions using the Adjustment Wheel for ultimate accuracy. The interface can also be totally hidden for a completely immersive AR experience - just tap on any empty area of the scene.

There are no external servers or processing involved with PreviewAR - every model you import into the app stays on your device and isn't uploaded or downloaded anywhere else. Perfect for NDA-restricted or sensitive assets that can't be uploaded to other cloud-based products.

PreviewAR offers a Pro subscription level for access to more advanced features, tailor-made for those on-set:
- Multiple Models: Add as many models as you want into your scene at once. Perfect for planning out shots with lots of elements that have to work together.
- Camera Simulation: The Camera Toolkit lets Cinematographers, Directors and VFX Supervisors see their designs and characters through the camera setup of their choice. Choose from over 200 cinema camera formats and frame rates to simulate, or add your own custom setup!
- Lens Simulation: As part of the Camera Toolkit you can also simulate your desired lenses. Simply choose your focal length and anamorphic squeeze factor and you're ready to go.
- Collaborative Sessions: This revolutionary feature allows multiple devices can now share an AR scene in real-time. Give your Directors, DOPs, Clients devices to view and frame the scene through while you make edits on your device. Updated instantly and locally with up to 4 devices.
- Scene Saving: Speed up your workflow by saving and loading entire scenes! Save your scene using the new button under the 'Global' menu, and load in scenes using the new area in the 'Add' model list.
- Live Data: See live camera and model data as you move about your scene, including camera tilt, height, focal length, frame rate and aspect ratio.
- Scene Recording: Capture the scene for later review and reference using the scene record feature. A video is captured of your scene (with or without the app controls) and saved on your device for later use.

Questions or suggestions? Feel free to contact me:

What’s New

Version 5.0

Some fantastic new features to bring in the New Year!
- Environment Occlusion: Automatically obscure your models behind real-world objects in your scene
- Collaborative Sessions: Multiple devices can now share an AR scene in real-time
- Scene Saving: Save your whole scene using the new button under the 'Global' menu, and load in scenes using the new area in the 'Add' model list
- Anamorphic Lens Support: Now get even more accurate viewfinder results thanks to new support for lenses with a range of anamorphic squeeze factors
- Scene Selection: Highlight your whole scene by tapping on an object twice. Once your whole scene is highlighted, you can move & rotate the scene as a group
- New Camera Formats: A completely rebuilt viewfinder simulation system, with 200+ new camera models and formats - including information like sensor size, recording resolution and aspect ratios. Don't see your camera? Send me an email to get it added!
- UI/UX tweaks
- Lots of performance improvements and bug fixes

Found a bug? Get in touch:

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Lover168 ,

Awesome App! Fantastic Developer

Meets all my expectations and more. Toby is wonderful!

App Privacy

The developer, Toby Duffy, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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