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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