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How to Expand Your Available AR Effects for Your 3D Glasses Videos «Next Reality



If you have Snap Spectacles 3, the dual-camera sunglasses that can capture 3D photos and video, by now you’ve probably spiced up the videos you shot on the wearable with lenses via Snapchat.

You’ve probably also realized that the AR effects available are relatively limited compared to Snapchat’s huge library of lenses.

But did you know you can also add effects from lenses created and published from Lens Studio? Maybe, maybe not, because it’s not exactly an obvious process. We’re here to reveal the secret tricks to expand your AR creativity.

(1
) 3D Effects from Flying Kraken from Velvet Spectrum, (2) Crystal Dragon from Clara Bacou, (3) Mind Holes from Velvet Spectrum. Images from Adario Strange / Next Reality

Step 1: Capture and Import Content

We determined that you probably recorded 3D videos and edited them with AR effects. But if you haven’t already, or if you need a refresher, check out our guide on How to Add Snapchat AR Effects to Your Spectacles 3 Videos. Once you have completed Step 4, jump back here before moving on to Step 5.

Balloon Party 3D Effects by Wayne Lambo. Image by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

Step 2: Scan Snapcodes

Creators must indicate whether their lenses are made for Spectacles 3 in Lens Studio, and you can then search for those effects in Lens Explorer.

For starters, Snap has curated a selection of Lenses from its maker community.

(1) ViktoriaModesta01F by Pitch Studios, (2) Flying Kraken by Velvet Spectrum, (3) Abstract collage by Alie Jackson. Images via Snap (1, 2, 3)
(1) Balloon Party by Wayne Lambo, (2) Lauren Halsey by Snap Inc. (3) Butterfly Sky by Clara Bacou. Images via Snap (1, 2, 3)
(1) Crystal Dragon from Clara Bacou, (2) Mind Holes from Velvet Spectrum, (3) Mirrored Jellies from WRLD SPACE. Images via Snap (1, 2, 3)

Other examples include Dream Wings Specs from Anrick, Infinity Birds from Wayne Lambo and Celestial Float from Pitch Studios.

(1) Dream Wings Specs from Anrick, (2) Infinity Birds from Wayne Lambo, (3) Celestial Float from Pitch Studios. Images via Snap (1, 2, 3)

The logical way to add these lenses to edit your videos is to find them through Lens Explorer, right? Well, not really.

Instead, you must scan a Snapcode to unlock the Lenses for 48 hours. Once unlocked, you can favorite the Lens by tapping the information icon (lowercase i in a circle) in the top left corner of the camera screen and then tapping the heart icon in the pop-up information window.

Images by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

Step 3: Find more spectacle lenses

However, you can use Lens Explorer to discover Spectacles effects with the search term Spectacles.

Open one of the lenses from the search results and then tap the information icon, but instead of adding it to favorites, copy the link to the lens and then transfer that link to another screen in another way so that you can scan the Snapcode. After unlocking, you can save your favorite to save it.

Images by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

An easier way to find eyeglass lenses is to search for them through Snap Camera, the desktop version of Snapchat. As with Lens Explorer, you can search for Spectacles, but Snap Camera also gives you quick access to the Snapcode for each Lens. Lenses that are not specified for a front camera are not shown here in the search results.

Image by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

Now if you proceed to step 5 in the editing process, you will find the unlocked lenses among the selections.

Images by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

Step 4: Improve the work of your glasses camera

Now that you have more effects to work with, you can capture more images for editing.

First of all, you need to make sure that your device is properly charged and connected to your smartphone. Also, take the time to clean the camera lenses with a lint-free cloth to ensure a clear view.

Lauren Halsey 3D Effects by Snap Inc. Images from Adario Strange / Next Reality

Second, prepare your shooting area, including removing your hair from the edge of the cameras and turning your hat back if you have one. Also make sure you have adequate lighting for your subject.

Finally, when capturing people in your footage, make sure your subject is facing the center of your device, rather than one of the cameras. Also remember that Spectacles allows you to capture footage with your hands free, so don’t be afraid to include your hands in your footage.

Cover photo via Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

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