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Load Camera Motion Data VMD files using the File Menu in MMD

How do I load camera motion data in MMD?  How do I make MMD camera data work? What is MikuMikuDance camera data? What is a camera.vmd?A Feature Article by contributor ARIZONA on LearnMMD.com

Lights! Camera! Action!

How to Load Camera Motion Data

When you started your MMD collection, I hope you noticed that some of your motion data downloads included a .vmd file called “camera” or “camera motion.” This is exactly what it means, all of the pan-shots, zooms, close-up shots and in some cases lighting changes are there. So how do you load it?

First, load all the data that you want to use in your animation (models, dance motion data, accessories, .wav etc.). Then play the animation, this is where you can catch any mistakes and correct them. This is a good habit for the new MMDer. When everything is ready to go, then load your camera motion data (CMD).

Believe it or not, you load camera motion data in almost the same way you load any other motion data. The only difference is that you Don't use the LOAD button for Camera VMD files. Go to the FILE menu and choose Load Motion Data.DO NOT have a model name selected in the model manipulation panel. The field should read “camera/light/accessory.” If you do happen to load camera data onto a model, nothing bad will happen. It’s just that- nothing will happen. This happens to a lot of newbie MMDers.

You then go to your main menu; select File. Then select load motion data and make your selection and load the camera motion data. That’s it! When you press play, you’ll see that instead of the stationary camera you are used to seeing. The playback is moving all around.

There are two things you need to keep in mind. Once you load your camera data, you cannot use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out. Nor, can you leftThat Len is such a Noob when it comes to MMD!   Picture Credits:   Len by Namamonozukan1.4.   Hospital Room Stage by Harner Productions.   Office Furniture by Yuduki. click your mouse and pan all around the action. During this playback, the camera data overrides your mouse until you stop and/or remove the camera data.

The second thing you need to know is that the motion was created for a specific model, lighting and stage. So if you choose a different stage, then you might see some shots obscured by walls, trees, or any other scenery. You may also see the lighting get darker, lighter or even change color.

This is not to say you cannot adjust the CMD to suit your video. Personally, I would make a copy of the camera data; rename it something like “Galaxias CMD (my edit).vmd.” Then, I would edit, use and abuse that copy for the video. Whenever possible, try to keep an original copy (my favorite oxymoron) in your files.

One of the most powerful features of MikuMikuDance is that you can mix and match. Please don’t think that you have to use the “Caramelldansen” camera data with the “Caramelldansen” model motion data. You could just as easily use the camera data from “Honey, Honey” in a “Levan Polkka” video. Just take care to credit appropriately.

Have fun with this.


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  1. Yang Yang
    August 26, 2018    

    MMD Ver.9.31 English x64
    That’s the progress that I found something wrong:
    I created a camera motion, and saved it to both pmm and vmd file.
    But later when I loaded it, the camera motion in pmm works fine,
    however the motion in vmd works the wrong way…
    I also downloaded another camera motion from Internet.
    Yes, it did’t work…
    I’m not sure what’s wrong..
    Maybe there is a bug in loading camera motion..?
    (I don’t speak English…)

  2. Nicole Nicole
    February 4, 2017    

    hello. im having a small problem, i have a motion that i can apply to a stage. when i do that, mmd crashes every time! i have to apply the motion to the stage in order or the models to be in the correct place. can someone help?

    • February 5, 2017    

      What do you mean by “apply a motion to a stage”? A motion has to be applied to a particular model when it is selected in Model Manipulation Panel. In multi-model projects, every model has its own motion. The only exception is camera motions files, when they are provided separately.

  3. Jaslyn Jaslyn
    August 19, 2016    


  4. Visto Visto
    September 17, 2015    

    I ahve downloaded many vmd and i dont know what to do at this point it moves over to a zip file than I cannot add my stages , dances only my characters.

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      September 17, 2015    

      Visto… I sent you an email… let’s figure it out.

  5. June 20, 2015    

    Yes the camera is messing up when I’m trying to do”No Cares,Meme the camera keeps on messing up and the background and stages gets too big is there a way to get them smaller and large plus not hiding the models?

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