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Camera Motion Instructions 1 – MMD Basics

How do I make camera motion data in MMD? How do you zoom in the camera in MMD? How do you use the camera in MikuMikuDance? How do I save my MMD camera data? What does the camera panel do in Miku Miku Dance?A Feature Article by contributor ARIZONA on LearnMMD.com

Your Chance to Direct Without Going “Hollywood.”

MikuMikuDance has a very user friendly camera function. Whenever you watch MikuMikuDance videos on YouTube you’ll notice that the camera is dynamic. Anyone can download the same dance motion data and use it. However, if you want your animation to stand out, do your own camera motion data. The two panels you’ll work with are the Frame Manipulation Panel (FMP) and the Camera Panel (CP). If you have camera motion data and you want to load it then see my other article: https://learnmmd.com/http:/learnmmd.com/load-camera-motion-data-vmd-files-using-the-file-menu-in-mmd-7-39/

The Frame Manipulation Panel (Pictured here) is the The Frame Manipulation Panel is the center for registering your camera moves in MMDwork horse of MikuMikuDance. Everything that happens in MMD is referenced there by frame number. If you want to see a specific frame; you can just type in the frame number in the field (located top center), push Enter on your keyboard, and see that exact frame displayed on the main screen. You can also use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to reach that point. An important point to remember is that one second of playback time is roughly equal to 30 frames in the FMP.

The Camera Panel is where you can adjust what the camera sees. This pops up when the Model the MMD Camera Panel allows you to adjust camear angle and register your camera moves.Manipulation field reads camera/light/accessory. You can play with view angles and decide the camera angle in your animation (default is 45 degrees). This is where you register your camera motion data to the Frame Manipulation Panel. When you register your shot, it will be represented by a diamond in the camera line. If you want to erase a shot, click on the diamond and use the delete button listed toward the bottom of FMP.

Whenever you register your shot, make certain you are selecting the register button on the camera panel and NOT the light manipulation panel.  It is easy to confuse them. Check the FMP to confirm your selection.

How to Make a Zoom-in Shot in MikuMikuDance

  1. Load your favorite model and then "Say cheese!" Setting up a camera motion in MMD takes some thought.  Credits:  MMD Little Town by Harner Productions,  Chibi Miku Yamato Style 1.35 by Koshitsuki,  Chibi NC DT SeeU by HousekineMinto,  Video Camera by Dark Konatamake sure your model manipulation panel reads camera/light/accessory.
  2. Scroll back with your mouse’s scroll wheel as far as you like.
  3. Click the register button in the camera panel.
  4. Type in 30 in the FMP (or click on 30th frame).
  5. Scroll in and position the main screen so it just shows a close-up shot of your model’s face.
  6. Register the new shot in the camera panel.
  7. Press play.
  8. Congratulate yourself on your first 1st original camera motion data!

Chibi Miku is all dresed up! Is this a pan shot or a zoom shot?Using this new skill, you can practice Pan Shots (short for panorama). Pan shots are like zooms, only left and right or vice versa. You should also practice Aerial shots (also known as overhead shots or crane shots). Matrix-like Circular Shots are also within your grasp.

Cut shots, or just cuts, are abrupt changes in camera angle, scene, or subject.  Let’s start from scratch with a new model and new set up. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

How to Make a Cut Shot in MMD

  1. Pick a shot you like and register that in the Panning the camera's view and making "cuts" keeps your viewer interested. (A scene from Reggie D's new "I Won't Grow Up!" video project.)camera panel.
  2. Type in 30 in the FMP (or click on 30th frame in the FMP).
  3. Register the same shot.
  4. Select the 31st frame.
  5. Move your shot to a different angle or subject (say a profile shot).
  6. Register this new angle in the CP.
  7. Type in 61 in the FMP (or click on 61th frame).
  8. Register this shot in the CP.
  9. Press Play.
  10.  Congratulate yourself again for your 2nd original camera data!

Now you can do close-ups or head shots, reaction shots, and POV shots (point of view).

Using your mouse is a quick and fast way to create camera motion data. It can look rather “choppy” though. In order to create the smoothest motion, move the camera with your XYZ rollers (located at the bottom right of the main screen). So, use one method for experimenting and the other for your final product.

Saving Your Original Camera Motion Data.

Experiment to your heart’s content and try out different frame values. "Stop! ... Don't shoot!" ... Little Miku seems to be ready to run!If you want to save your newly created camera motion data, here’s how.

On your main menu select Frame then click select all camera frame.  Now go to File and choose save motion data. This opens up the Motion sub-folder window in your User File. Now create a new folder for your original camera motion data and save it there.

Have fun with this.


Post Note:

The default angle of MMD’s camera is 45 (In later versions, 30 is the default angle). You should also play around with this. The higher you set it will give you a fish-eye effect which could be used for showing speed. The lower settings will give your film a more professional “movie-like” feel to your work.


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  1. June 8, 2016    

    I have seen people to where they’re camera will just switch to a different part of the screen, but mine moves to the next frame. I want it to just switch to a position. How do I do that?

    • June 9, 2016    

      Shift to the frame *prior* to the one where the camera has to move, and register the camera’s old position. Then select the next frame, move the camera to a new position and register that too.

  2. Simplistrix Simplistrix
    May 30, 2016    

    I was wondering how to make the camera move slow, then moves fast, then goes slow when reaching the end of the pan?

  3. Faith Faith
    April 10, 2016    

    How do you rotate the MMD Screen like in circular way? hmm not like the simple ones like only the controls are left and right and up and down ;;

    • April 10, 2016    

      you can use the distance of the camera to make a rotating motion.
      first you put the distance to 0 (dist)
      go to the center of the circle you want to make.
      then register that.
      zoom out to the distance you want.
      register that as well
      then go to the frame where you want it to finish
      use Y to rotate the camera to the final position
      press register and done

    • April 10, 2016    

      Well, you set a starting time point, aim the camera at the target (if the target isn’t at the center of the stage make sure that its coordinates are close to camera’s X,Y,Z settings), register, then shift to the final time point, rotate the camera using Y control, and register again. If you want to zoom while rotating, make sure you change the “distance” parameter but not the anchor point of the camera itself.

  4. Chase Chase
    May 27, 2015    

    Whenever I start up any version of MMD, the frames start counting up by itself. How do I fix this? I’ve tried everything that my friend, who is good with MMD, has told me to do.

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      May 27, 2015    

      Hi Chase… What does that mean:”Counting up by itself”? You open MMD and what happens; what do you see?

  5. Len Len
    August 21, 2013    

    I still don’t get one part. Where is the FMP?

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      August 22, 2013    

      The FMP is the Frame Manipulation Panel … the big black and brown frame chart full of diamonds.

  6. Shayla Meazell Shayla Meazell
    April 27, 2013    

    How do I load a custom camera data? I downloaded it with a motion data.

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      April 28, 2013    

      You look in the brown Model Manipulation panel (in the lower left of your screen) to be sure that Camera/Light/Accessory is selected. Then you FILE / Load Motion Data and navigate to your Camera .VMD file.

  7. Arizona Arizona
    February 1, 2013    

    Thanks FA!
    This was one of my favorite articles to write.

  8. January 29, 2013    

    This is super original!Great tutorial,thanks!

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