Bring your CG characters to life in
Augmented Reality.

The award-winning tool to plan and execute complex VFX shots on location; now with a host of revolutionary new features.

"The app is great. I’ve been really enjoying using it"
David, Industrial Light & Magic

"It’s made things much easier ... suddenly the scene can come alive right before you"
Barny, Silverback Productions

"PreviewAR's application on a sound stage is quite amazing"
Justin, Painting Practice

Used by filmmakers and productions around the globe

Not a huge international studio, but still want industry-leading technology to enhance your production? Aimed at independent studios and creators, PreviewAR is an app being used by filmmakers worldwide, with a full suite of tools that offer the easiest way to view 3D characters and objects live on set with augmented reality, using technology you already have.

No other freely available technology can provide the innovative on set benefits of PreviewAR since 2017.

Made by filmmakers for filmmakers, PreviewAR's features include the ability to simulate camera lenses and sensor sizes, see distances and heights, and change lighting directions, putting proprietary apps in the shade and offering a very real, tangible set of results on set. It also supports a wide range of file formats, including:

OBJ     USDZ     DAE     FBX     3DS    

There are an increasing number of ways that PreviewAR can be used throughout a variety of industries. Current uses include:

  • Virtual Production Studio: Record animated or static assets in your scenes and cut together your own short-film or virtual production without needing an exhaustive post-production pipeline
  • Location Scouting: Use the Cinema Camera emulation to quickly frame up shots at potential scene locations and snapshot all the details for review later
  • On Set Reference & Approval: Display CG characters and elements on set for quick reference and client approval
  • Production Design: Fast-track building and testing your sets for studio/soundstage visualisation with real-world scale AR and dynamic lighting options
  • Quick Reviews: Easily inspect and review assets for custom VR/AR content without complicated review and publishing workflows

I'm working as a creative director in an event company. I loved your app PreviewAR, I always needed an app like this to demonstrate my projects.


Industrial Designer

Just what I was looking for, a directors viewfinder with the ability to view 3D objects in AR and change the lens.


VFX Supervisor

Having a guide to how large that asset is in shot, how we can frame it, what kind of lenses we might need are all super valuable to help me assess what location may work or not. Previously there was a lot more guesswork involved.


Director, Silverback Productions

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

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
Make the most of

Technology you already have.

No need for external servers or third-party companies to prepare your models - you can use PreviewAR anywhere with the devices your production already has. You can import models from many different on-device sources, and after that everything stays in the app and on your devices. No uploading, no servers, no account management. PreviewAR allows a 100% on-device, totally NDA-safe workflow.

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Industry-leading features

Collab Sessions PRO

Share a single AR scene in real-time with up to 4 devices. Let your Directors, DOPs and Clients view and frame the scene themselves while you add/edit models from your device.

Scene Occlusion

Hide your model behind real-life objects in your scene. Whether it's an actor, table or a wall, your models will seem truly immersed in the scene. Available on devices with LiDAR.

Multiple Assets PRO

Add multiple textured and animated models into your scene to frame your shots as accurately as possible.

Camera Accuracy PRO

Cinema Mode allows you to simulate over 200+ cinema camera sensor sizes, focal lengths and add overlays like frame lines to get the most accurate preview of your shot.

Tailor-made with a

Full suite of tools

Secure & Private

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.


Import a range of supported 3D file formats, and almost any texture image format. Includes support for MTL files, and now support for zip packages to have everything in one easy import.

Lighting Modes

Toggle between an ambient light setup or a harsh, single-light mode and control the position of the light.

Scene Lock PRO

Lock down your scene to stop gesture-based interactions so that your assets can't be accidentally moved while you're looking at and moving around your scene.

Precise Control

Use gestures or the precision sliders to scale, rotate and translate your asset. All dimensions are instantly updated to keep everything real-world accurate.

Scene Saving PRO

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 PRO

See live camera as you move about your scene, including camera tilt, height, focal length, frame rate and aspect ratio, as well as model data like distance from camera and current dimensions.


Scene Recording PRO

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.


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