Disguise are a company who work to create visual elements of live performance, "Combining the leading experience production software with powerful media server hardware". The company have worked with artists such as The Rolling Stones and Beyoncé and have collaborated on Theatre productions. Their key software is designer which can be used to "visualise, design, and sequence projects". Disguise is currently being cited as the main contender for Virtual and extended reality projects, being used widely across the industry.


The software can be downloaded here. It is currently free to download until June 2021. However the software requires a USB license key which need to be purchased for $150.


The disguise team provide very good support to those new to using the software and not only have a variety of tutorials and guides but also offer professional support. Links to all of these can be found on there website here.

Tutorial Effectiveness

The tutorials cover a wide base and are very effective if a little out of date for the most recent updates to the software. However as mentioned above they have staff who are very helpful and available to answer questions.

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 - 64-bit.

GPU: 2GB Video RAM , DX11 compatible (only single graphics cards are supported at present)

CPU: Intel i7 3rd Generation

Memory : 4GB RAM

Audio: Any permitted

Storage: 50+GB

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 - 64-bit.

GPU: 1GB Video RAM , DX11 compatible

CPU: Intel i5 2nd Generation

Memory: 2GB RAM

Audio: Any permitted

Storage: 8GB


Accessibility: The estimated time for someone to create Hello World in VR

  • Beginner: No coding or graphics experience | 2+ hours

  • Intermediate: Some coding or graphics experience | 1+ hours

  • Advanced: Both coding and graphics experience | 30+ minutes

  • Expert: A lot of experience with computer graphics, specifically with this software | 30+ minutes

Power: The engine's power - i.e. how much one can do with this

  • High: Disguise is incredibly powerful software and is currently and industry leader. It has impressive render to scale capabilities and realistic visualisation for staging to projection.

Usage: Evaluation of software's use for the following purposes

  • Live Performance: Disguise is currently the only high powered performance based software and it is designer very well for purpose. It can be used in a variety of different ways for programming or pre-production.

Headset: Designer is currently compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.


Overall Designer by Disguise is a really exciting software that is already being used by leading innovators in the industry and could be used to integrate into other sectors as well. The help and tutorials provided are really useful for beginners to get to grips with complex software.