Instance Property


A pixel buffer containing the image captured by the camera.


@property(nonatomic, readonly) CVPixelBufferRef capturedImage;


ARKit captures pixel buffers in a full-range planar YCbCr format (also known as YUV) format according to the ITU R. 601-4 standard. (You can verify this by checking the kCVImageBufferYCbCrMatrixKey pixel buffer attachment.)

Unlike some uses of that standard, ARKit captures full-range color space values, not video-range values. To correctly render these images on a device display, you'll need to access the luma and chroma planes of the pixel buffer and convert full-range YCbCr values to an sRGB (or ITU R. 709) format according to the ITU-T T.871 specification.

The following matrix (shown in Metal shader syntax) performs this conversion when multiplied by a 4-element vector (containing Y', Cb, Cr values and an "alpha" value of 1.0):

const float4x4 ycbcrToRGBTransform = float4x4(
    float4(+1.0000f, +1.0000f, +1.0000f, +0.0000f),
    float4(+0.0000f, -0.3441f, +1.7720f, +0.0000f),
    float4(+1.4020f, -0.7141f, +0.0000f, +0.0000f),
    float4(-0.7010f, +0.5291f, -0.8860f, +1.0000f)

For more details, see Displaying an AR Experience with Metal, or use the Metal variant of the AR app template when creating a new project in Xcode.

See Also

Accessing Captured Video Frames


The time at which the frame was captured.


The depth map, if any, captured along with the video frame.


The time at which depth data for the frame (if any) was captured.