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AniRef App Lets Animators Create and Analyze Reference Footage


AniRef is an app created especially for animators who need to record, analyze, and track arcs in reference footage. It was created by recent Ringling grad Paolo Cogliati who currently works at The Mill in New York. “Ive been taking it around with me outside of the studio and recording spontaneous things I find and see while roaming the city,” he says of the demo below. “This child walked into frame without me knowing while I was recording people’s feet to scrub through, and made my day! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something so close to a Pinocchio walk in real life!”

The app includes the following features:

  • Record actions and add to your library for future reference
  • Analyze footage frame by frame, at multiple frame rates
  • Track arcs, spacing and timing by positioning trackers
  • View your tracking in 4 different display modes
  • Export and Email your tracked footage as .mov and import into your 2D/3D software for ease of workflow
  • Playback in slow motion or at 24 FPS>
  • Bookmark your key poses with the StarPose tool and toggle from key to key
  • Know exactly what frame you are on with the embedded frame count
  • Save your reference to the AniRef library, separate from your regular videos for easy finding and privacy

AniRef on the iOS is available for $4.99 on the App Store. For more info, visit

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  • That looks like an awesome app to use! I’m sure Android users will be jealous! lol

    • Paolo Cogliati

      I apologize to Andorid-ers :P An Android version is currently in the works!

  • Sigh. If I only had a little more experience with programming, I would have loved to have done something similar when I made this a few years ago in grad school: (note: requires Flash).

    Anyway, great work, Paolo. Can’t wait to use this! So glad to see animators building the tools they need.

  • popyea

    Seriously brilliant. I feel this is definitely something i’ll use.

  • Dan

    When exporting footage, does it save the trackers also?

    • user

      yes it does. it has different modes to see the trackers in, the mode you have selected is the mode it embeds. the export does become slower based on how long the video is and how many trackers you have though.

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  • Henry Cohn

    I have this app called Video->Photo, which is free, but markets itself to those who want to extract the best photo from their film rather than to animators, and it isn’t as user-friendly by the looks of things. Still, it’s a helpful alternative.