Working in Play & Record Modes

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After you’ve done some work in Torch AR, you’ll likely want to test that your design is working as planned. Or you might want to watch how a specific interaction behaves based on different settings before you commit to one. And, of course, you want to show off your finished project with others. All of these are accomplished in the built-in Play and Record modes.

Tip: Before you begin recording, you might want to check out our blog “Tips for Sharing Your Augmented Reality Work” for some tips on how to make your video the best it can be.

Playing Your Project

Play mode exits the Design Environment and activates any interactions that may have been added to objects. The Play feature runs your experience without the Design Environment UI appearing in the recording. Think of it like “print preview” mode for a 2D document you created or “preview prototype” in Sketch–you see the results without all the app’s tools and menus you used to make it happen.

To start Play mode in the current scene:

  1. Tap the Play Mode button (right-pointing arrow) on the context menu. The menus and tools in Torch Design Environment disappear, a blue Play arrow appears in the upper left corner to indicate Play mode, and all the objects appear on the screen according to the triggers and responses you developed.
  2. Screen shot of the Torch interface with the Play Mode button highlighted

    Screen shot of the Torch interface in Record mode

  3. To test an interaction that you assigned to an object, move the device and watch the object’s behavior. For example, to test the Gaze at Object interaction, point the camera directly at the object and watch what happens, then point away from the object to see if the interaction stops (assuming you developed it that way).
  4. When finished testing or viewing, tap Play again. Torch returns you to the Design Environment so you can continue working on the project.

Recording Your Project

Play mode is also where you can record a video clip of your design, again without the Design Environment tools showing on the screen. Using this feature, you can record, preview, trim, and share clips without ever leaving the app.

Note: If you want to capture a video of the Torch Design Environment in action (perhaps to develop a tutorial that teaches students how to use a feature in Torch), use the screen recording features of the iOS device, as discussed in Recording a Project that Shows the Torch IU.

To record a video of your AR project without the Design Environment showing:

  1. Tap the Play button. The menus and tools in Torch Design Environment disappear, and all the objects appear in scene(s) according to the triggers and responses you developed.
  2. Notice the Touch and Microphone buttons on the right side of the screen and the Record button at the bottom.
  3. Screen shot of the Torch interface with Record tools highlighted
  4. Tap Touch to turn on Touches while you record. Torch is set to capture a Touch any time you tap the screen during the recording.
  5. Tap Microphone to have Torch capture your voice and/or any ambient sounds as you record.
  6. Tap the Record button, and then tap Record Screen in the confirmation dialog box that appears. Torch begins the recording and shows a timer in the upper left corner.
  7. Screen shot of the confirmation dialog box granting access to the device camera

    Screen shot of the Torch interface in Record mode

  8. Move about, point to objects, or make whatever movements you intended for the design.
  9. When finished, tap Record again. Torch stops recording and opens the Save Recording window.
  10. Screen shot showing the Trim Recording interface

  11. Advance Playback: Notice the film strip at the bottom of the screen. Drag the white vertical bar on left end of the film strip to the right to advance several frames before previewing, then tap the Play arrow in the middle of the screen to preview your recording.
  12. Trim: Press and hold a handle on either end of the film strip; when the handles turn orange, drag the handle to trim unwanted frames from the video.
  13. Preview: Tap the blue Play button. Torch plays the video again as edited.
  14. Tap Done to finish editing. Torch returns to the Save window.
  15. Tap Save. Torch saves the trimmed video to the device’s Camera Roll and returns you to Play mode.
  16. Tap the Cancel button (X) to exit Play mode and return to the Design Environment.

Sharing Your Torch Recording

After you’ve recorded a video, Torch makes it simple to post the clip to social media, send it to the cloud, email it, or import it to another app. You can share the video one of two ways. This procedure is common across all iOS apps, so the steps should look familiar.

Note: If you post your creation to social media, we'd appreciate it if you'd add the hashtag #BuiltWithTorch!

To share from inside Torch:

  1. Complete through step 11 of Recording Your Torch Project, then tap the Share button at the bottom left end of the screen.
  2. Screen shot of the iOS sharing interface
  3. Scroll through and find the share method you want to use and tap it. Torch opens the related app.
  4. What you do from here depends on what method you chose. When complete, Torch returns you to the Save window.
  5. Tap Save to save the video to your Camera Roll and return to Play mode or tap Done to close Play mode without saving.

Caution: In most cases, the sharing process will have saved a copy of the video anyway; be aware, however, that tapping Done will not save your work.

To share the video later, after it’s been saved:

  1. Open the Camera Roll app on your device and tap Select at the top right corner of the screen, then tap the clip(s) that you want to share. A blue check mark indicates which items you’ve selected.
  2. Tap the Share button at bottom left, tap the share method you want to use, and follow the remaining steps as usual.

Recording a Project that Shows the Torch UI

Sometimes you might want to include the Torch Design Environment UI in your video. To do so, you must use the Screen Recording feature of your iOS device rather than the built-in recorder in Torch.

To get started, first make sure the Screen Recording control is available on the Control Screen:

  1. Tap Settings, tap Control Center, then tap Customize Controls. A list of apps already appearing on the Control Screen are listed at the top; those available for inclusion are shown below.
  2. If it is not already included, drag the Screen Recording icon up into Include section, then close the Settings app.
  3. Screen shot of the iOS Customize Control Panel interface

  4. Swipe up to open the Control Center. Notice that the Screen Recording button now appears—you’ll need this to make your recording.
  5. Screen Shot of the iOS Control Center with the Screen Recording button included

To record the project:

  1. Open the Project in Torch that you wish to record. Make sure you are in an environment suitable to your recording.
  2. Swipe up to access the Control Center, and then tap the Screen Recording icon. After a brief count down, the device begins actively recording.
  3. Dismiss the Control Center screen to return to Torch, and then tap the Play button on the context menu.
  4. Follow steps 2-6 in Recording Your Torch Project. Turn on the mic or Touches if desired. The iOS device records your every move.
  5. When you are finished recording, swipe up to access the Control Center, and then tap the Screen Recording icon again to stop recording.

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