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We believe the world is a better place with more creators in it. That’s why we’re now making the power of real-time 3D accessible to marketing professionals with Unity Forma. It empowers these creators to produce interactive 3D product configurators and digital media from 3D product data in record time and without any coding skills.

Marketing is one of the most compelling applications of real-time 3D. We’ve seen this technology used for groundbreaking mixed reality experiences, pushing the limits of photorealism, immersive product storytelling, product configurators, and much more.

Real-time 3D offers the best of both worlds. It supports advanced media formats –  interactive 3D, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality – that connect and engage consumers in a highly impactful, emotional, and interactive way, ultimately helping drive results like greater engagement and higher sell-through. It also supports marketers’ needs for traditional media like images and videos, while providing significant speed and cost advantages over common approaches like offline rendering, photoshoots, and productions.

For these reasons and more, brands have been eager to embrace real-time 3D in their production pipelines, particularly those who need to work with complex 3D product data to market high-value items that come in multiple variations like cars, aircraft, appliances, furniture, and luxury goods. 

The need for real-time 3D-powered marketing pipelines

Typically, brands use a combination of in-house and agency resources to deliver digital marketing content. With an ever-increasing number of marketing channels demanding content, companies are finding that their marketing pipelines are becoming fragmented and inefficient. This inefficiency is often outsourced to agencies, but it is real nonetheless. 

The effort required to maintain product correctness and deliver fresh content to web, social, mobile apps, and other channels drives up costs and consumes efforts that could be put to better use. As one example, few companies have the ability to deliver personalized marketing content or deliver more deeply interactive experiences to engage consumers more thoroughly.

Unity Forma is here to offer a new, better way to bring real-time 3D to your marketing.

Enter Unity Forma

Unity Forma empowers marketing professionals to quickly create and publish marketing content and interactive experiences from 3D product data – without needing to learn the intricacies of Unity or how to code. 

It unlocks major efficiencies in marketing content production, enabling teams to rapidly import 3D product data, visualize models and all their variants in real-time 3D, and bring their vision to life with creative tools. You can easily showcase products in realistic visual quality, in any configuration, and in a variety of formats, including interactive 3D product configurators, images, and more. 

Once the creative process is complete, you can optimize content for your target platform, whether you’re using Unity’s cloud streaming service, Furioos, for web browsers, or publishing directly to mobile devices, the web, and more.

 

Try Unity Forma

 

Volkswagen ID.4 EV, rendered in Unity Forma

Because it is built on Unity and offers an open API, Unity Forma is extensible and can be customized to fit the exact needs of your team. You can create new capabilities that improve productivity and differentiate from the competition and implement custom tools and interfaces to tailor it to your workflows and to deliver brand-specific experiences.

At the same time, it’s easy to divide and conquer work with creative agencies and other service providers in a cost-effective way – without compromising your ability to create the marketing content you need, whenever you want.

Get a walkthrough of Unity Forma from Oliver Schnabel, the technical product manager for Unity Forma.

Volkswagen: How an industry leader powers its marketing with real-time 3D

In case you missed it, we debuted Unity Forma at a virtual event hosted by Unity’s chief marketing officer Clive Downie and featuring special guests from Volkswagen, including its head of global digital marketing, Candido Peterlini.

Volkswagen is one of the early pioneers to use Unity in the automotive industry. The company leverages real-time 3D across its business, from R&D to marketing. It has turned to Unity to deliver a range of marketing experiences, from rendering millions of images in real-time for its website car configurators globally to creating mobile apps showcasing its vehicles in AR. Unity Forma will help take its efforts to the next level.

To highlight what is achievable with Unity Forma, Volkswagen collaborated with Katana Studio and Unity to produce a new campaign video for the 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 EV, the automaker’s first fully-electric SUV. The teams used Unity Forma along with the Unity Editor to create a virtual production leveraging the ID.4’s manufacturing data and author a 45-second spot. The advertisement fuses together rendered car interiors, exteriors, and environments with shot patterns and angles that would have been impossible to achieve using a live camera production.


“Volkswagen constantly seeks new paths to delight the user when experiencing our cars,” said Candido Peterlini, Head of Global Digital Marketing, Volkswagen. “With Unity, we found the right partner to enhance the product experience on the online configurator. Unity Forma comes with features that will help us to provide faster and higher quality real-time content like configurable product visualization.” 

Volkswagen ID.4 EV, rendered in Unity Forma

“We will be able to design innovative and more immersive product experiences for our customers that give them a deeper understanding of our cars and the added value they get with highlight features like, for example, the innovative ID Light concept or our driving assistance features (IQ.DRIVE),” added Peterlini. “By this, the customer will get an even more realistic perception of the product already virtually at home.”

Unity Forma Challenge: Win a Volkswagen ID.4 EV*

We want to see what you can create with Unity Forma. That’s why we’re getting ready to launch the Unity Forma Challenge. It’s your chance to win a Volkswagen ID.4 EV.* Sign up here to get notified when the contest kicks off.

*Unity may substitute prizes for cash or other equivalents as solely determined by Unity.

 

Sign up to get notified about the contest

 

Get started

To use Unity Forma, you need a subscription to the Unity Industrial Collection or to both Unity Pro and Pixyz Plugin. Try or buy Unity Forma and stay tuned for more updates about Unity Forma in the months to come. 

 

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16 replies on “Introducing Unity Forma: Reimagine marketing with real-time 3D”

I work in Marketing & Technical and am used to expansive software packages. But I agree with Marty, there seems to be a lot of “sizzle” and here use Forma to create sizzle. But very little on actual, tutorials on “how to create that” sizzle. Said another way, why abandon Cinema 4d, or Blender, or Maya, or nativity web development. As a Unity banner herald in my organization, even I haven’t put for Forma in my organization.

No way the car in the first video has been rendered with the Forma tool when you compare it with the Volkswagen car ! The qualities don’t match !

Unity cutting out the middleman…
I’m sure many Unity developers are not happy with this competing behavior.

Unity Forma is an extendable framework inside Unity that actually allows more 3rd party companies to participate in content production, since the data is easier to share among different companies when they all work with the same variant framework. It allows more people without core programming skills to get their data into real-time 3D.

I thought the whole presentation was too heavy on vw and almost a paid advertisement. I use unity and I’m in marketing, it’s not clear to me what the new forma application really does.

We are showing much more technical content during the Industrial Developer Day (later today, Dec 11). The first event and blog was intended as a broader overview introduction of Unity for product marketing, with one customer as a proof point that the platform is used in production by large enterprises with a lot of traffic on different channels. I’d encourage you to try the product, I think you’ll be pleased with what we are doing with the product now and in the future.

A lot of marketing talk but not much about how you get those 3d visuals on the web.
– Webgl is a major weakness with Unity currently on safari and mobile most of all so seems an unlikely target.
– Streaming the 3d content maybe? But your streaming demo is very slow & laggy.
– Rendered 2d images? But would it use HDRP pipeline for this and not on par with raytracers?

I also would like to know how such quality can be achieved on the web for safari, currently all unity web export content is seriously lacking

Web is an important target for us, but not the only one. Native runtimes (e.g. mobile apps, AR/VR devices, etc.) or static content (e.g. for social media content) are also relevant for most customers. They want to reach many channels, but author the majority of the content (e.g. variants, logic, cameras) only once. Also regarding WebGL, I’d encourage you to participate in our Industrial Developer Day today (https://industrialdigitaldeveloperday3.splashthat.com/) where we will show a WebGL build from the same Forma project that works on mobile, including iOS. We’re not stopping there though, we are constantly improving our WebGL build size and performance. On Safari, we are limited to WebGL 1 (Gamma color space).

It’s concerning how few new free services are being introduced while everything else is paid subscription.

It’s even more concerning how few new GAME ENGINE related features are being introduced (preview purgatory doesn’t count)

The non-gaming products and services Unity has been launching are the result of efforts building on top of games, not instead of games. Unity is committed to our core user base of game developers. These non-game efforts are helping more companies and individuals enter this exciting real-time 3D world.

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