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Credits: mino, Metaio GmbH, DirectShowNET


plugin for high-quality AR solution using Metaio SDK.

metaio stopped all services at May 2015, because of apple acquired metaio. you cannot download sdk from web site no more and their web site will be closed soon.
if you already installed sdk, this plugin works fine but you cannot use this for any public projects.


high speed and stable tracking by various way.

  • ID Marker Tracking
  • Picture Marker Tracking
  • Image Tracking
  • Instant(snapshot) Tracking
  • 3D SLAM Tracking
  • CAD based 3D Tracking
  • Face Tracking


  1. download & install latest Metaio SDK from here. (requires an account)
  2. download this plugin and extract .zip file.
  3. open Metaio SDK folder (ie: C:\metaio\Metaio SDK 6.0.2\_Windows\metaioSDK\vc100\x86_release\bin)
  4. copy the three dll files to here.
  5. run vvvv and open Root patch(Alt+R), then add Metaio SDK folder to vvvv path
  6. open helppatch to check setup complete

Change Log

2015.4.24 (v1.1)

  • add Property Page pin to VideoIn node
  • support CAD Model tracking with Metaio node
  • 2D instant tracking works with InstantTracking node
  • add Success out pin to InstantTracking node
  • new node
    • AsSource: use any texture as source for tracking. texture must be convert as raw data.

requires beta33.x, tested 32bit only.


24.04.15 [05:00 UTC] by mino | 2288 downloads
new features and node. build with metaio SDK 6.0.2.
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27.02.15 [20:07 UTC] by mino | 719 downloads
1st release

manuel 27/02/2015 - 21:51


Noir 27/02/2015 - 22:57

tnx for sharing

idab 27/02/2015 - 23:13

It works! Thanks mino!

TonyMark 28/02/2015 - 05:28


Gareth.Griffiths 28/02/2015 - 10:05

Thank you, very awesome!

m4d 10/03/2015 - 18:13

wow! domo arigatou gozaimasu, mino san :)

korriander 16/04/2015 - 20:40

Great work and performs really good!

I was wondering if it is possible to track multiple targets?

idab 16/04/2015 - 22:32

@korriander: yes! You have to replicate sensors inside the tracking configuration file (.xml).

mino 24/04/2015 - 05:21

hi all,

v1.1 has great features: CAD model tracking, AsSource node, 2D instant tracking. if you come to NODE, i will demo & explain these features!

please enjoy.

korriander 24/04/2015 - 09:32

wow !! great

zepi 02/06/2015 - 11:02

Metaio seemingly was bought by one of the better known Californian computer companies...
(sorry, german ... but you may recognize the name of the company)

Noir 02/06/2015 - 11:46


rogalag 03/06/2015 - 19:51

Hi Mino,
node15 is over, metaio sold, maybe it's time to explain how can we use this great contrbution?

mino 04/06/2015 - 12:20

unfortunately metaio SDK cannot use for any commercial project no more. because they stopped sdk download & selling licenses.

metaio plugin itself works no problem if you installed sdk.

so i'd like to keep this page and support personally until receive warning from apple;)
please send message to me if you want to get sdk installer. (or get from Steryl's link?)

also try to find other AR SDK...

rogalag 09/06/2015 - 09:50

Hi Mino, steryl

 I've found all docs at metaio dev site (still online). Thanks a lot for help!
bjoern 09/06/2015 - 20:53

Hey Mino here is a nice AR sdk comparison chart. ARMedia looks promising but the windows sdk is not yet available.

graphicuserinterface 10/06/2015 - 18:27

node without pins, not red, any ideas?

antokhio 10/06/2015 - 19:59

renderer TTY u have exception
prolly need to visual studio attached to vvvv process to track it

mino 11/06/2015 - 11:14

after copied dlls to metaio sdk dir, delete dlls from download dir. then please open sample patch and see what happen.

hey, thanks for useful url! keep watching.

graphicuserinterface 12/06/2015 - 13:40

instant traking is the shit, mino for governor

vjc4 01/07/2015 - 16:58

I just arrived.... im done or is there any workarround to test this??

nrsz 14/07/2015 - 18:03

404 Page not found!
can anybodyshare the sdk?

thank you!

mino 16/07/2015 - 02:48

@vjc4, @nrsz
please send message via my userpage: mino

Evan 29/11/2015 - 12:11

Hi all!
The question of tracking multiple targets.
How to copy the sensor inside the configuration file (XML)?
Like this? But there is no success! @idab

idab 01/12/2015 - 13:28

@Evan: look at this configuration file: https://my.metaio.com/dev/fileadmin/user_upload/images/sdk/tracking_configuration/trackingdata_markerlessfast.xml

You have to duplicate "SensorCOS" and "COS" for every target inside one configuration file.

Evan 03/12/2015 - 10:35

@idab Surprise!Very detailed answer, I will take the time to understand, thank you very much

isdzaurov 15/12/2015 - 11:07

Hi vvvvorum and mino!

I did everything as written in Installation, but nothing works.
First node red, then become gray, but they do not have pins.
I use win10 64-bit!
What can be wrong?

mataio, ar
mino 16/12/2015 - 14:10

is vvvv 32bit/64bit? metaio plugin works only in vvvv 32bit.
also if you have dlls in same dir of help patch, please delete them and try again.

mino 01/02/2016 - 02:47

vuforia will support windows 10!

idab 11/05/2016 - 12:21

Hey mino,
any news about vuforia or other AR SDK?

mino 16/05/2016 - 02:39

idab, no updates from vuforia and still looking for other sdk

VRdude 03/06/2016 - 15:30


first of al thank you mino for your contribution. It works great!
I have been using metaio for about a month now and trying out a few things for my school project.

Two days ago i ran into a problem, that the metaio.help wont show my webcam in vvvv.
InstantTracking.help still works, but all the patches that have the Metaio Node dont show my webcam image and instead a black screen. The strange thing is that it worked a couple of days ago.

I tried so many things. (1) Deleted all the changes i made to the patch since the problem (2) reinstalled the metaio SDK (3) reinstalled vvvv (4) tried on a different computer. Nothing has helped and i badly need it to work for my final project.

Did anyone experience something similar? Would appreciate if anyone could help me out here!

mino 15/06/2016 - 15:33

open with tty renderer and if some error shows paste here

VRdude 16/06/2016 - 19:16

That was a great advice to open with tty renderer! Thank you so much.
The problem was a corrupt xml tracking file.

isdzaurov 24/06/2016 - 20:10

Hi mino !
Do u have xml file for example?

mino 30/06/2016 - 15:44

hi, check Metaio SDK 6.0.2/tutorialContent_crossplatform/TutorialTrackingSamples/Assets.

vasilis 04/10/2016 - 16:31

Any ideas on why if i put more than two pictures on the xml file it doesn't pick them up?

the code is the same..copy - paste..


OK...It's picking up more than 2 pictures...the problem before seems to be that the third picture that I was trying to track was just a green rectangle..It seems that it doesn't pick up just a plain color...Bright and colorfull pictures are easier to track.

mino 12/12/2017 - 01:52

This should be metaio alternative.

it not support texture input yet, but they said support soon.

Nick-Miller 07/06/2018 - 15:02

Hi, Mino!
I can recommend you useful guide about Comparison of Best Augmented Reality SDK for AR Development ( https://invisible.toys/best-augmented-reality-sdk/)

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