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Create an MMD Video using the “Happy Hands” Meme

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.com

Let’s put together the “Happy Hands”  meme!

A meme is a quick and easy way to generate an MMD animation and video. They are a great way to show off your latest models, too!

A meme is like a kit that you open and assemble in MikuMikuDance. It will have a motion file and a WAV music file. It may also have a camera motion file … and, as in “Happy Hands”, it may contain a background image.

Once I decided to create my version of the “Happy Hands” meme, I searched  YouTube for   mmd happy hands link   and then searched through the results until I found a link I could use.

The MEME Links are no longer associated with this video … but this is the video that got me started on the Happy Hands meme; posted by LakiraVocaloid:

The link for the meme is no longer valid. It used to be this one:http://www.angelfire.com/sinlessrogue/Motion_files.html — but that link is no longer online.

LearnMMD.com now hosts the meme from our Downloads page.

Download the Happy Hands Meme.ZIP file and put it on your Desktop.

Double click the zipped folder to open it … and see the Happy Hands Meme folder. Then select the command EXTRACT ALL … and follow the defaults to find the new Happy Hands Meme folder on your Desktop. You can discard the original Zipped folder if you wish.

Here's what's inside your Happy Hands meme folder. LearnMMD.com MMDLook inside the Happy Hands Meme folder and you will see FIVE files: the WAV music file, 2 .VMD motion files, a ReadME, and a background image: “Pink”.

I moved that new Happy Hands Meme folder into my Users folder inside MMD’s main folder. Leave those files together, in their folder. You might be tempted to put the WAV file into your WAV folder and then move the two VMD motion files into your Motions folder … but doing so may just confuse you later. Leaving everything together in one folder keeps things tidy.

We are ready to start MikuMikuDance!

Load motion data from the FILE tab... you will load a model from the Model Manipulation area in the lower left of your screen.When the program opens, you have a blank stage screen. See that “Camera/Light/Accessory” is already selected in the Model Manipulation menu box. Go ahead and select LOAD MOTION DATA form the FILE Menu … navigate to your Happy Hands Meme folder and select the Camera.vmd motion file.

Now, load a dance model. I chose Meiko Most of the basic dancers have great sleeves that will be in the way during the Happy Hands meme.Sakine because she has no sleeves to get in the way … and because she is one of the original Kio characters included in the basic MMD download. Once she is loaded, go to the File menu and LOAD MOTION DATA and select the other VMD motion file. You can push PLAY and watch the action!

Next, load the WAV file by choosing LOAD WAV FILE under the FILE Menu. Again, navigate your way to the Happy Hands meme folder and select the Circus.wav file. Push PLAY and see what you have created!

Finally, load the PINK background image by choosing LOAD BACKGROUND PICTURE FILE under the Background Menu.

Everything is loaded and ready to "Play!" ... Happy Hands MMD Meme.

Under the VIEW menu, turn off the Display Coordinate Axis to clear your grid lines from the screen.

You can resize that background image by holding down the Control key while you drag on the Magnifying Glass icon in the upper right of your screen.

Push PLAY and watch this nice little animation. That’s it! … It is that easy!

NOTE that the windows beneath the PLAY button are empty. MMD does not know how many frames are in the video. You cannot save the dance as a video until you identify the number of frames. A quick check of the model and camera frames told me the action ended at about frame 355. When I entered that range (0 – 355) and pushed Play, the final notes of the music were chopped off. I noticed on YouTube that most Happy Hand Memes were 13 seconds long. At 30 frames per second, that comes to 390 frames. I entered a range of 0-388 … pushed play … and was “happy” with the result.

I went to the FILE menu and chose RENDER TO AVI FILE. I chose to save it to my Desktop … and I chose the Cinepak Codec by Radius video format for a nice-looking video with good resolution and a small file size that plays well.

After playing my new video a few times, I logged-on at YouTube and Uploaded my new MMD Happy Hands Meme:

Be sure to include MMD in your title … and the name of the Meme.

Fave fun with memes … the results are so easy and so fast …

… you’ll be hooked!


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  1. Midori Aoi Midori Aoi
    September 7, 2018    

    When I render it as an avi file, I can’t play it… also, when I click that Cinepak Codec thing, MMD closes :(

  2. Darwin Enge Darwin Enge
    April 7, 2017    

    I was hoping perhaps you could help me.
    When I try to open the program it always says,

    The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect.
    Please see application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.

    I’m running windows 10 one terabyte hard drive and 8 gig of RAM

  3. Patrick Patrick
    December 8, 2016    

    Hey Was wondering if you could provide any tips on how to fix the models sleeves when doing this. Im using Miku Hatsune Metal, and im running into the problem you mentioned in the article above. Im quite new to this as well ^^

    • Silent Headset Silent Headset
      December 8, 2016    

      Usually models with long sleeves will have some option to “roll” the sleeves.
      As in Animasa models, there are movable bones (square nodes) just above the wrists. You can drag these to adjust the length of the sleeves.

      More advanced models may use sliders instead of bones to control the length and size of the sleeves.
      Hope that helps!

      • December 8, 2016    

        Adding to the answer above, you may get more visually pleasing results if you don’t just “roll” the sleeves up at the beginning of the video, but make them actually *follow* movements of model’s wrists. Look at where the wristbone is registered in FMP, see the way it moves, and adjust the sleevebone accordingly. You may consider it as an introducing exercise to the “real animation” :).

  4. PhanTrash PhanTrash
    January 17, 2016    

    So, I tried to use this, and when I got around to opening the “VDM Motion File” It just says, “This motion file has not cammera,light,shadow data.”

    Like, I don’t know what happened

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      January 17, 2016    

      There are TWO VMD files… one for Camera and one for the Model (the character)… you have to use the correct VMD for the correct purpose.

      • mika mika
        March 7, 2019    

        where it says the camera/light/accessory u need to pick ur mmds name

  5. Emily Emily
    January 11, 2016    

    When I try rendering, Cinepak Codec doesn’t show up. All I have is AVI raw, MJPEG compressor, DV video encoder, WMVideo8 encoder DMO, WMVideo9 encoder DMO, and MSScreen 9 encoder DMO.

  6. Elina Elina
    January 1, 2016    

    I was alright, and I followed your steps as closely as I could, but when I tred selecting the camera motion, it would say no results match, and when I changed the settings to get the thing to show and I select it, MMD would say that the file wasn’t made for Polygon blah blah. I’ve tried several times already, and I really want to do this.

    • KillerBeer KillerBeer
      January 2, 2016    

      Did you switch into “to camera” mode before applying the camera motion?

      • Elina Elina
        January 2, 2016    

        I tried that, and it ended up with the same results.

        • KillerBeer KillerBeer
          January 2, 2016    

          How about this: you open a new MMD session, then *without* doing anything else you drag and drop into it a camera motion file, a music file, a model file, and then a model motion file – in exactly this sequence. What happens after each step?

          • Elina Elina
            January 2, 2016    

            After Camera file Said it wasn’t for Polygon blah blah
            Same thing after music file
            When I add the model, it added the model
            After model motion, said it wasn’t for Polygon

            I managed to get your Simple dance right earlier today.

            • KillerBeer KillerBeer
              January 3, 2016    

              Hmm, this isn’t what supposed to happen. Must be an error so blatantly simple and obvious that it’s hard to notice. Try to describe the whole process in most primitive and detailed way, starting with “Point the mouse on MikuMikuDance.exe and double-click, see an empty MMD window”.

              (It would be simpler if we could just run it through a screen-sharing session in Skype or Google Hangouts)

              • Elina Elina
                January 3, 2016    

                Ok, I figured out what was going on. I was trying to load the motion file through the model manipulation. *Sad trombone in background*

                • Elina Elina
                  January 3, 2016    

                  I managed to get it working!
                  Note to Self- Don’t mix up Model Manipulation and File

                  • KillerBeer KillerBeer
                    January 3, 2016    

                    VICTOLY!!! (^_^)_b

  7. Lexi Lexi
    November 7, 2015    

    I’m so glad I found this website because it all looks so confusing but you tell how to do it step by step really easy! Thank you so much! ^.^ I did it and it looks super cool. What are the differences between all the different rendering things? I tried the Cinepak Codec thing and it was just grey with the music, but I tried the RAW and it worked but low definition.

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      November 7, 2015    

      Hmmm… RAW should look really sharp… but might play “jerky” because the file/frames are so large that they cannot play through your media-player fast enough. Try using the Microsoft Video 1 setting instead of RAW and see what you get. … let me know if you need more help: click the Ask a Question button on the homepage.

  8. Danny-XD Danny-XD
    July 13, 2015    

    Whenever I try to select a video compressor like the one mentioned or any other crashes the newest MMD, could you help me out with this?

    • Liana Liana
      September 20, 2015    

      I have the same error as Danny, when i want to render it the thing crashes

  9. July 13, 2015    

    Omg it’s my video! :3 Thanks for putting my video to your article ^^

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      July 13, 2015    

      You bet! … Thank YOU for the video!

  10. Airiel Airiel
    February 14, 2015    

    it doesnt work fr me :( all i get is a gray rectangle behind my model :(

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      February 15, 2015    

      Sorry … what doesn’t work? … the Background image? Under “Background” tab, do you have “Show picture file (P)” checked?

  11. Narr Narr
    December 20, 2014    

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not working on the newest version of MMD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      December 21, 2014    

      There’s nothing to “not work” … it works fine. Open MMD, load a model. Load the motion file from inside the Happy Hands folder. Switch to Camera mode, load the Camera Motion file, Load the WAV … Push PLAY. Away it goes!

  12. Anonymus Anonymus
    April 5, 2014    

    It says ”
    The requested URL “http://www.angelfire.com/sinlessrogue/Motion_files.html” cannot be found or is not available. Please check the spelling or try again later..” please help!

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