The advent of Instagram & Facebook filters has created an increasing demand for skilled digital creators who are able to represent brands on social media.
The creators are looking to find ways to get more work done in less time, and are looking for getting stuff done in simple ways. Being a good digital creator is not just about having creative ideas and execution but also having the right equipment/tools.
We have explored a list of free essential tools in the life of filter creators:
1. Spark AR Studio by Facebook
If you want to start making filters, this is the tool – “The Golden Goblet of AR filters”. Whether you’re a professional or have a limited tech background, Spark AR Studio gives you what you need to start creating. If you can imagine it, you can make it. Bring your biggest AR ideas to life, no matter your level of expertise. Get Spark AR Studio and unlock a whole new world of possibilities. You can download it from here.
If you create filters, you will want to create state of art filters to show your skills. One of the most creative way to do that is to use 3D objects in your projects. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline. You can download it from here.
If you want to create some filters using audio files you must know that Spark AR Studio supports mono M4A files. Use files with a 44.1kHz sample rate and 16-bit-depth resolution, to make the size of the effect as small as possible but keep the quality. If you’re converting ambient or music beds from stereo tracks to mono, convert to summed mono rather than dropping one of the tracks – to avoid losing elements of the audio file. Convert files to the lowest kbps possible, while testing clips through the device. Spark AR Studio don’t recommend going lower than 64kbps when converting to m4as. You can try it here.
4. Miro Video Converter
In Spark AR Studio you have a real-time simulation screen. There you can see how your filter looks like and is a helpful feature for all of us. You must know that you can change that videos with your own videos. The only rule you have to follow is that all videos must be webM videos. A beautiful, simple way to convert almost any video to WebM is to use Miro. Miro gives you batch conversion, custom sizing, and more and it’s 100% free and open-source. You can download it from here.
Mixamo brings your projects to life with 3D characters, skeletal rigs, and animations, ready for use in film, games, interactive experiences and illustration. Browse a collection of high-quality 3D characters. From realistic to cartoon, fantasy to sci-fi, there’s a character for every purpose. Each character comes fully textured and rigged so you can use it immediately in your creative projects. You can upload your own custom character to Mixamo and get an automatically rigged full human skeleton, custom fit to your model and ready to animate. Customize your rigging options with optimizations for mobile performance. You can try it here.
WebGLStudio.js is a platform to create interactive 3D scenes directly from the browser.
It allows to edit the scene visually, code your behaviors, edit the shaders, and all directly from within the app. You can try it here.
Create your own normal maps for free! No uploads, no server, all client-based! Try it here.