The Simulator

The Simulator

Use the Simulator in Spark AR Studio to quickly see how your effect would look on a device, as you're building.

You can find the Simulator in the top right of the Spark AR Studio interface:

Changing which device the Simulator represents

The Simulator is set to preview an effect on an iPhone 8 by default. To change this:

  1. Click in the Simulator to show the menu.
  2. Click the dropdown next to iPhone 8.
  3. Choose a device from the list.

Adding a custom device

To add a device that's not included in this list:

  1. Click Spark AR Studio in the menu bar.
  2. Select Preferences, then Simulator.

Here's where you can add custom devices:

To add a device:

  1. Click +.
  2. Add the name, platform and dimensions for the device.
  3. Click Add Device.

Changing the video in the Simulator

To change the real-time video in the Simulator:

  1. In the toolbar click the video icon.
  2. Select a Real-Time Simulation video or click + to add your own. To view the effect on yourself select your computer's built-in camera.

Changing the Simulator position and size

Click and drag the sides of the Simulator to make it bigger or smaller. To undock the Simulator and move it to a new position, either:

  1. Click the Simulator caption area between the dropdown menu for device type selection and the hamburger icon. Then drag the Simulator.
  2. Click the Undock icon in the top-right of the Simulator menu. Click the icon again to return the Simulator to its default position.

You can also rotate the Simulator. To do this:

  1. Click in the Simulator to show the menu bar.
  2. Click the hamburger icon in the menu bar.
  3. Select Rotate Device, either to 90, 180 or 270 degrees.

Select Reset Rotation to return to the default orientation.

Simulating camera movement

Click and drag your mouse in the Simulator to simulate the movement of the camera.

Simulating touch gestures

To test an effect that responds to someone's touch — for example, taps and swipes on the device screen:

  1. Click inside the Simulator, to show the menu bar.
  2. Click the hamburger icon in the menu bar.
  3. Select Simulate Touch.

Clicking in the Simulator will now simulate a user's touch on a device screen, like this:

To simulate two fingers rotating or pinching the screen:

  • On MacOS, hold Option, click and drag.
  • On Windows, hold Alt, click and drag.

Simulating with existing media

When effects are enabled for existing media, you’ll be able preview with the existing media on someone’s device through the Simulator.

Previewing compression

To preview how different compression settings look on a specific device:

  1. Click in the Simulator to show the menu bar.
  2. Choose a device from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click....

Find out more about compression in Spark AR Studio.

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