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Animaze Desktop: Tips and Tricks for better tracking

Below are some tips and tricks to help you get the best experience out of Animaze’s tracker. 

Light your face from the front. Avoid placing the light source behind you or partially illuminating your face. Backlighting and partial lighting cast shadows, which are difficult for the Animaze tracker to interpret. 

Too much or too little light on your face will over illuminate or under-illuminate it. Both extremes result in an imProper light distribution causing the tracker to misinterpret your features. We recommend that you use the user feed in the top left corner to monitor your lighting. 

Frame yourself such that your headcovers about 50% of the camera’s feed height.  We recommend that you use the user feed in the top left corner to monitor your framing. Also, make sure you’re not too far from the camera. A good rule of thumb is to stay at an arm’s length from the camera!

Webcam resolution and FPS are also important. We recommend favoring higher frame rates over higher resolutions and clear (non-grainy/noise) images. Higher resolutions will not necessarily produce better results, but will eat up more CPU. For example, a resolution setting of 640x480 @30 will FPS work, but a 720p resolution @60 FPS likely will have better results. 

If the tracking gets lost, you have to recalibrate Animaze. The “Calibrate” button will pulsate blue when the tracking experience is suboptimal and needs recalibration. More on the calibration process is available here.

In Settings > General you will find Tracking Profile Defaults. This feature has presets for the most common web camera profiles. If you have a web camera capable of recording 60 FPS, start with the High setting. For medium quality web cameras, start with the Mid setting. For lower-end cameras, bad lighting, or experience a lot of jittering, start with the Low setting. More on the advanced settings on your camera is available here.

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