March 20th, 2021
VirtuCamera, an app that lets you control your 3D cameras in realtime with just an smartphone, has released the first version of its add-on for Blender. A plug-in for Autodesk Maya Software was already available and now Blender users can also benefit from this emerging technology.
Impact on social media
Many users have shared their experiences with the app on social media, highlighting how easy it’s to setup and start creating handheld camera animation in a natural and intuitive way.
BlenderのVirtuCameraアドオンのテスト。iPhone使ったバーチャルカメラでeeveeの美しいビューを表示させながらカメラワークつけれるの最高。スケール調整もやり易い。 pic.twitter.com/wbIV6vuNdn— Hirokazu Yokohara (@Yokohara_h) March 18, 2021
You can move your Apple device in any direction, VirtuCamera will capture the motion and instantly send it over Wi-Fi to the camera in your 3D software. When you are ready, push the Rec button to store motion in keyframes.
The app offers realtime viewport streaming and lets you control the playback, animate the focal length and scale camera movements to travel long distances. It can capture and record your movements with 6 degrees of freedom at up to 60 frames per second and has a camera stabilizer control to create smoother movements.
Pricing and system requirements
VirtuCamera is available on Apple’s AppStore for iOS and iPadOS devices with ARKit support for a single payment of $4.99 USD. Add-ons for Blender and Maya can be downloaded from virtucamera.com and are available for Windows, Linux and MacOS operating systems, for Blender 2.80 (and above) and Maya 2017 (and above). A stable Wi-Fi connection is also required for smooth operation.