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Doly App for iPhone Converts Camera Scans into 3D Videos Instantly


Doly, an iPhone app for rendering 3D videos that makes it simple to make 3D product videos, was released on Monday. The software, created by the French startup AniML, allows users to render any product—from a fancy shoe to a water bottle—on the cloud by simply scanning it with the camera on their smartphone. Anyone can create high-quality 3D videos for products with this free app by removing the background and adding a dynamic background to highlight the products. Tencent unveiled its InstantMesh AI model in April, which has the ability to create 3D videos from 2D images.


Doly app features

Although there are already websites and apps that can convert 2D images into 3D, creating 3D movies is still challenging. This is due to the difficulty of consistently showcasing objects in a video after they have been canvassed with spatial points. Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF) are a well-liked method that has surfaced recently. In order to produce consistent results, it “imagines” the sides of the object that are not visible by using artificial neural networks. Nevertheless, AniML employs a different 3D rendering technology called Gaussian splatting, which is likewise a comparable method, according to a TechCrunch report.

Gadgets 360 tested out the app and we found the process to be somewhat lengthy, given it would take multiple attempts to scan the product correctly. Then, it takes about an hour to render the video. The rendered videos are vertically aligned. In our testing, the outcome was not too great. The object had visible polygons and the promised high-quality rendering was nowhere to be seen. However, it could be a lighting issue as we scanned the product indoors with artificial lighting. We have attached a screenshot of the result below.

Doly is aimed at e-commerce store owners, small businesses, marketplaces, marketing experts, and product designers, according to its listing on the App Store. The videos can be downloaded, but at a cost. All subsequent video downloads require a Doly Plus subscription; the first download is free. For Rs. 2,999 per month or Rs. 24,900 annually, users can access 40 product videos each month along with premium video templates.

How to create 3D product videos on Doly

Gadgets 360 tested out the iPhone app and found it quite user-friendly. The app guides you throughout the entire process of creating a 3D product video. The process is fairly easy. We’ve listed down the steps for ease of reference.

  1. Download and install the Doly app from the App Store. You will need an iPhone 11 or later for it to work.
  2. Open the app and sign up.
  3. Select the Quick 180-degree video option. You will need to complete this before creating detailed videos.
  4. After allowing the app access to the iPhone camera, it will ask you to rotate the phone around the device as it takes still images.
  5. Once done, you will have to slowly and steadily take a video of the product by moving around it. The app will tell you if you’re moving too fast or if the camera needs repositioning.
  6. The app will then share a few highlight images of the product. You will have to resize them to fit the entire product.
  7. Finally, you will have to select a background.
  8. That’s it. The 3D video should be rendered soon.
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