Adding videos with transparency to Augmented Reality scenes in CraftAR just became much easier. From now on, you can also use the web-based CraftAR Creator to add transparent videos to your AR experiences used in your mobile apps.
Why videos with transparency are great for Augmented Reality experiences
Videos with transparency (also known as videos with alpha channel) refer to videos or animations that have a partial or total see-through background, which allows the user to see what is behind the video.
Many members of our developer community have been asking us about managing transparency in videos in the past.
The popularity of transparent videos is understandable. Using such video content generates a cool effect in Augmented Reality, as you can better integrate the video or animation with the image being augmented. Basically, the content can feel more “real” and integral to the tracked object.
Other ways of managing transparency in videos for your Augmented Reality experiences
If you have a process to create AR items from your backend and you want to add transparent video content, you can also indicate that the videos have transparency through our Management API by modifying your video contents stored in CraftAR as a JSON in a specific format.
You may also modify your content programmatically from your app’s code, using our Augmented Reality or Pro SDKs.