Take a holographic video using your iPhone with Record3D

Take a holographic video using your iPhone with Record3D


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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 β€” 3D Videos


It also features a Looking Glass export, that allows you to easily upload these 3D videos into your Looking Glass Portrait to view as a hologram.

To follow this Tutorial .... you will need β†’



  • iPhones and iPads with FaceID or LiDAR
  • Looking Glass Portrait
  • Your PC/Mac

Before you continue, make sure you have downloaded Record3D from the App Store and downloaded HoloPlay Studio onto the computer you've connected to your Looking Glass display in Desktop Mode. Please also make sure you have already downloaded HoloPlay Service, which you will need to run any and all Looking Glass applications and plugins.

Desktop Mode

To run HoloPlay Studio, your Looking Glass Portrait should be in Desktop Mode, meaning that your display is connected to your computer. Once it's connected, the LED indicator will pulse blue (meaning its ready to plug into the matrix!)

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


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!

Hit the red button to start and stop the recording.

Get ready to turn it into a hologram.



Capture Tip β€” Depth maps make the best holograms when there are not a lot of gaps of space in between the subjects of the scene. Try close up shots, or shots with a nice line of information from the front to the back of the scene.



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,
  • and 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.

Export β†’ Share

Sharing your 3D video to your computer is a two step process.

1. Export

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.

2. 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!


Learn Alert

What in the 3 is RGB-D?

An RGB-D image is a combination of a RGB image (a normal, colorful image you're used to) and its corresponding depth image.

In our case, it's a video with a live corresponding depth map. The RGB video sits on the left while the depth map video sits on the right.


Check out

to learn more about what depth maps are and why they're important.

Import your Record3D capture into HoloPlay Studio

Now that we've got an RGB-D video in our hands, let's bring it into HoloPlay Studio. Open up HoloPlay Studio, with your Looking Glass Portrait connected to your computer in Desktop Mode.

Add Hologram


Select Add Hologram > RGBD Photo/Video> Import File and navigate to the downloaded RGB-D video you just sent to yourself. You can only import one file at a time (for now!)

Play your Holographic Video

Like any playlist, it plays. But this playlist is the only one in the world (right now) that plays holograms. You can play and pause your hologram, skip forward or backward in your playlist , and loop a single hologram on repeat.


Press Play ▢️ to view your recording from Record3D!


Hologram Properties


The video you've imported will add to your playlist (on the left) while live previewing in the Looking Glass Portrait display. It also automatically opens up the following properties on the right:

  • Depthinessβ€” adjusting this value will shift how 3D the photo is
  • Focusβ€” adjusting this value shifts where the photo sits in the focal plane in the display


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

  • Mouse wheel / two finger scrollβ€” zoom in and out
  • Mouse click + dragβ€” pan around image

Once you're done making your properties and framing adjustments, those changes will stay until you decide to edit it again.


Hologram Exercise: Keeping our tips about Depth in mind, capture a couple of Record3D videos and import them into HoloPlay Studio. Check out the differences in depthiness through your experimentations!

Edit Playlist

Your playlist is your collection of holograms you've brought into HoloPlay Studio. Let's briefly go over the options in the Playlist panel.



Right click the photo 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.

Most of these options are pretty self explanatory, but I want to take the time to go over Edit Length. Edit Length allows you to edit the time that a hologram plays in your playlist, both in Desktop Mode and Standalone Mode. If the hologram is a video (like this one is), you won't be able adjust its length of play.


Hologram Exercise: Rename your holographic video recording so that, when you import more, you know which recording is which!

Reorder Playlist


If I have a specific order I want my holograms to play in, how do I do that? I'm glad you asked.

When you hover over your playlist selection, you'll see a small grid appear to the left of the hologram's title.

By dragging that, you can reorder your playlist any way you'd like.

Sync 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.



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.



For more detailed definitions on HoloPlay Studio's functionality, including more information on RGB-D images and videos, please visit our docs site.


So, how was importing your first iPhone video hologram into your Looking Glass Portrait? If you already followed the iPhone Portrait mode tutorial, you'll see that there are striking similarities between video and photography when making a great holographic capture.

Experiment! This is a brand new way of capture and the thought process is a bit different than capturing for video meant for a 2D screen. You're trailblazing the artform of holographic video capture and we want to know what you find and create.

πŸ€— Please feel welcome to:

  • Share your work and capture tips with us in our community's Discord.
  • Shoot us an email at support@lookingglassfactory.com with any questions or feedback
  • tweet at us (@lkgglass) or tag us on instagram (@lookingglassfactory) 😎


Attached is a RGB-D video captured of me with Record3D for anyone to check out and pull into HoloPlay Studio.