Kunshan University - Multimedia workshop - Taïwan 2023

24 hours multimedia class with 10-15 design students  from the Visual Communication and Design department.

 This Workshop focus on creative artworks using augmented reality tools. It allows students to:

  • Explore the new writing potentialities offer by AR technology, understand its technical limit.
  • Create a thoughtful relationship between a design practice (painting, traditional print or sculpture/object...) and a digital layer (video/3d/sound...).
  • Design a distribuable AR experience visible by any average smartphone on the market.
  • Learn the ZapWorks Studio editor tool for designing creative AR/XR projects.


  • Create an AR experience for a communication work (ex: an augmented name card, augmented portfolio book, augmented poster, augmented object or pure art experimentation).
  • The experience needs to be triggered by a Zapcode through an App and by a QRCode without an app.
  • The experience should be easily readable with an average mobile phone (Please care about mobile's hardware display limitation and the average mobile internet speed).



day 02/05 04/05 09/05 11/05
Class exercices

- Introduction

- Display contents

- Tracking types

- Organisation in space

- Hierarchy and Group

- Actions

- States and animation

- Masking

Movie and sound


- Scripting

- Publishing

day 16/05 18/05 20/05 23/05
Personal Project Personal Project Personal Project Personal Project Personal Project

Class exercises :

 - Exercises 02/05 - Introduction to tracking (sources files)


Tutorial for review:

1 / Software Interface, Navigating the UI

2 / Create a Target Image for Image Tracking

3 / Create a Ground placement for World Tracking

4 / Use of 3d Models




Exercises - 04/05 - Organisation in space  (sources files)

Final exercise as Zapworks Studio Project: [Exercise] Book Silhouette.zip


Tutorial for review:

1 / Screen Coordinate system for UI

2 / Action Button for simple interactivity




- Exercises - 09/05 - Controller and states for animation  (sources files)

Final exercise as Zapworks Studio Project:   [Exercice] 3d book portfolio.zip


Tutorial for review:

1/ Controllers and states for animation






Exercises - 11/05 - Mask and interactivity  (sources files)

Final exercise as Zapworks Studio Project:   [Exercice] hole in the box mask.zip


Tutorial for review:

1/ Masking objects to create a "hole effect"





- Exercises - 16/05 - Timeline animation and publishing (sources files)

Example  "bouncing ball" and timeline: Timeline animation.zip


Final exercise as Zapworks Studio Project:  [Exercise] Phoenix flying bird with mask.zip



Tutorial for review:

1/ Previewing and publishing

2/ Masking objects to create a "hole effect"

1/ Adding a script

2/ Control states with a script



"Subsymbols", Custom objects developed for the workshop, that you can add in your projects:

- Media player : can read video as .mp4, use alpha channel, play sound control by "states".

- Particlescreate a falling particle

Motion Player:  a frame by frame animation player ("stopmotion") using .png or .jpeg files

- ...

Examples to scan with a smartphone

AR communication made with ZapWorks Studio for branding:

Creative AR video Example in art

Onlybots - artificial intelligent pets in AR (tamagotchi)

French creative studio

Zapworks Studio : The AR / XR creative tool by ZapWorks

Zapworks Studio  helps you to design a full AR experience, mixing images, video animation, animated 3d models and sound. Publish your AR experience using Zappar App on iOS and Android or directly on the web without any app!


To start the workshop:

1 - Create a personal “Hobby Account” clicking here, verify your email.

- Select "Hobby"

- check the box “I am using ZapWorks for non commercial use” 

2 - Download Zapworks Studio for Windows or MacOS


3 - Install it, start it, Login, Your are OK!

Technical  limitations aspect to bear in mind for mobile devices compatibility:


- Final project upload should be kept < 15 mo

- Images: .jpg or .png, Maximum 2048*2048 pixels

- Video: .ogv or .mp4, (H264 codec), Maximum 1280*720 pixels. Can be streaming file for long video (> 10mo) or embedded for short video.

- Sound: .ogg or .mp4, (AAC codec), 128kbps, 44100hz -> check supported formats

- 3d models:  .fbx .glb, .obj + .mtl file, .pod .dae max 20 mo / model or max 100k polygon. -> check supported formats


Software on the creative side

- Zapworks Studio Editor application:

Zapworks Studio OSX

Zapworks Studio Windows


- Blender, Maya, Max, c4d...

- Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, After Effects...

- Audacity (free software for sound editing)


App on the viewer side (optional)

- Mobile AR software viewer:

Zappar for iOS

Zappar for Android


Free Online Ressources and links


3d models:





https://www.pngwing.com/  free transparent png files

https://www.freepik.com/   free vector and .psd files



https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/     Download and convert many video online from youtube etc

https://video.online-convert.com/    Convert all files online

https://sites.google.com/site/gdocs2direct/  Convert a video link in google drive for zapworks



https://freesound.org/     Download many free sounds





3d model:

Zapworks Basic 3d model    Very light 3d models for starting with Zapworks

https://sketchfab.com/     3d models online ressource (incorporated into Zapworks studio)

https://labs.sketchfab.com/sculptfab/      App to sketch 3d sculpture online

https://www.mixamo.com/   Lots of character animation free to download


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