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How to Switch Models and Stages in MikuMikuDance

How do I switch models in the middle of a video in MMD? A Feature Article by contributor ARIZONA on LearnMMD.comHow do you change the sets in MikuMikuDance? What does the display box do in MMD?

How to Switch Models and Stages In the Middle of a Video

Ever watch those videos on YouTube and right in the middle of the same motion data the Switch MMD Models in a snap with MMD's Display Function.models and stages switch to something else? A lot of people think this is done in the editing process. Guess what! It’s not. This switcheroo is done by using MikuMikuDance’s display function.

By default, MikuMikuDance displays everything you load on to it, all at once. If you look at the Model Manipulation panel and the Accessory Manipulation panel, you will see that both panels have a “disp” and a “display” check box respectively. These boxes allow you to choose what you want or don’t want shown.

Now you see them. Now you don’t.

Load up two models and the same motion data for each of them (this can look kind of creepy Rin and Len may be close-but this is ridiculous!or funny- depending on your point of view). This would also be a good time to select the corresponding .wav file. Don’t forget to go to the File menu and make sure that “play WAV with frame (F)” is checked.

Now, go to the Model Manipulation panel and select the model you do wish to start the animation. Make sure the “disp” field is checked. Then click the register button in the same panel. Choose the model you don’t want to switch. Uncheck the “disp” field and register that. You should now have only one model showing.

Use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard and find a place where you want to switch models. Go ahead uncheck the “disp” and click register. Then select the other model; check “disp” and register that. You’ve just reversed the steps from earlier! Do this switching throughout the rest of the motion data. When you press play, you’ll see all your detailed work.

A Change of Scenery.

Let’s up the level! Go back to the very beginning of your animation and load two different stages. This time we’ll be using the Accessory Manipulation panel for shifting out scenes. Select which stage you want to display first. Check the “display” field and register. Uncheck  the “display”and register the other stage. Notice the steps are the same as with the Model Manipulation panel.

With the arrow keys, find the points where you switched models. Only this time, shift the stages at the same frames you had exchanged models then press play and enjoy your handiwork. Your film is now more dynamic-even with a stationary camera!

Credits: Default Rin and Len Kagamine (Animasa) and Motion Data is Popi-popi-popo-pipo (Vegetable Juice Rmx) by  Unknown.

Have fun with this.


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  1. Simplistrix Simplistrix
    May 29, 2016    

    Hi! i was just wondering how to make a “transition” to switch characters, so that its not that obvious that you made the switch. Like for example this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1DHCGdhSsE . where there was an earthquake and color change to switch between characters…

    • May 29, 2016    

      I can’t say for sure without asking the author, but I suspect that the color transition was made not by technique described in this article, but by editing a model (or having a ready one with this functionality) into having a material morph.

  2. Misty Misty
    December 30, 2015    

    I am having some issues. When I do the steps correctly, my other models hair and stuff becomes all crazy going everywhere.

  3. TakeRyuu TakeRyuu
    September 24, 2015    

    can u make a video ?

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      September 24, 2015    

      Yes you can make videos! … I sent you an email with some links to our articles to get you started… and see The Happy Hands Meme for a simple, fun MMD project!

  4. parkeerwacht parkeerwacht
    September 12, 2015    

    I am having the problem that when I switch model the other models are still underneath it and clipping causing the other models physical parts to glitch but
    I am running MMD 9.26 x64

    • parkeerwacht parkeerwacht
      September 12, 2015    

      I will post a video showing my problem

    • KillerBeer KillerBeer
      September 14, 2015    

      Didn’t you forget to make the other model invisible and register the change in the relevant maroon panel (there are “register” buttons on several panels, so you might have got confused)?

  5. mui mui
    August 4, 2015    

    uum is there a way to make effects appear then disappear ?like the earthquake effect i’d like to make it appear at some frame rate then disappear again or colorshift effect

    • KillerBeer KillerBeer
      August 4, 2015    

      Just as with other accessories – you select it in AMP, uncheck “display”, and register.

  6. Marika Marika
    June 4, 2015    

    Hi! May I ask how do you make the skirts dont fly too much when you load the characters? I tried using no calculation but it doesnt look nice since their legs go to their skirts.. Also sorry for the bad english, its not my native language.

  7. KillerBeer KillerBeer
    July 14, 2014    

    >Quwanda: Hello, I have a question…How do you make them appear and re-appear slowly?

    For models (.pmd), there’s no such way so far. For stages and accessories (.x) there’s a “Tr” setting in a Accessory Manipulation Panel. With it, you can control transparency of an element. Register it with 1 on one frame and with 0 on, say, 30th, and the item will disappear slowly.

  8. Quwanda Quwanda
    July 13, 2014    

    Hello, I have a question…How do you make them appear and re-appear slowly?

  9. Koneko Koneko
    June 20, 2013    

    You mean, PoPiPo?

    • Arizona Arizona
      June 20, 2013    

      Yep. That’s the one.

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