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MMD Camera Motions: The Camera’s Gotta Keep Moving!

How can I use the MMD Camera Motions to make myA Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.com videos better? How can I make my MMD videos more interesting? How can more MMD camera motions make my video look professional?

Keep the Camera moving …

Busy MMD Camera motions
make a better video!

See my "Departures" meme for an example of great MMD Camera Motion.  LearnMMDThe “Departures” meme is a beautiful example of MMD Camera Motion. Watch a video made using the original meme’s camera motion file and you are in for a treat … there is a lot to learn, there. The camera is never “sitting still”. Even when you think it might be still … there is always a slow pan going on … sometimes hardly noticeable … other times it grabs your attention. So nice.


Watch Professional Concert Videos …
…see how the camera is always in motion!

I created this “filmstrip” to show you how the active camerawork keeps your interest. (Click the film strip to see the larger image). (That is the artist, SADE, from her 1994 video album “Sade Live”, on the Epic Music label, cut #1: “The Sweetest Taboo”.)

See how the camera is always on the move:

Professionals know the tricks that we need to use in our MMD camera motions.

  • Closeup from slightly below level
  • Pan back and left to off-center
  • Raise altitude to look down from above
  • Pan in close … pan back and swing to off center
  • Cut to close-up and pan to off-center
  • Get in tight to see the perspiration!
  • Back out to show the whole stage

And so it goes … much more interesting than having only one or two views cutting back and forth.

Just for the fun of it …

You might revisit some of your earliest videos and work with the camera motion to see what you can create,  now that you are inspired to improve the MMD camera motion.

Another of my "Departures" meme videos ... I just love the complicated MMD camera motions in these videos!

Another “Departures” meme I created had a modified Camera Motion … but I tried to stay true to the idea of elegant and complicated camerawork. Click the picture to watch the video on YouTube.


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  1. Mikinopolis Mikinopolis
    April 8, 2014    

    The video for the “Departures” is well, it’s gone. And I would’ve love to see it. Just so I can see an example.

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      April 8, 2014    

      Try it now … I had to visit YouTube and Acknowledge that my video contains Third Party content (Sony Music) … and the status of my video went from “Blocked Worldwide” to “Acknowledged Contains Third Party Content”. Might be unlocked … Please Reply to let me know if it works for you! … Thanks!

  2. Arizona Arizona
    May 31, 2013    

    Although, I like using a still camera for some things; I can see the value of this as well.

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