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Learn to use the MME  SSAO and the SvDOF Effects

Hello again dear MMDers!! (^^)/

I have once again come back to tell you about some really great MME effects, MMEffects, that can be directly applied, and give the most wonderful results!!

Before you can use these effects, you must have MME downloaded and installed in your copy of MikuMikuDance.  DOWNLOAD MMEffects from LearnMMD’s Downloads Page!

Use the SSAO Effect …

Let’s start with my personal favorite of all the effects: SSAO!

While I might not know what SSAO actually means in its full form, I know that using this effect will give a really gorgeous and realistic look to your models and the background stages you use!

You can see the difference in the image below:
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The SSAO effect adds depth of color and shadows for greater realism! MME MMD

In simple words, this effect makes your images look more sharp and gives them a more ominous effect by giving them some shadows that make them look realistic.

Using this effect is simple! You just have to load the “.x” file like any other Accessory through the Accessory Manipulation area … that’s it … the effect is loaded!

Here is the download link to the effect:

http://mqdl.jpn.org/public/SSAO.zip

Clicking on this link or pasting it to your web browser will automatically start the download as a “.zip” file. Save the ZIP file to your desktop. Unzip the folder and drop the new folder into your MMD Accessories folder … (Make a new “Effects” folder inside the Accessories folder and keep your effects in there.)

Start MMD. While in the Camera/Light/Accessory mode, load SSAO like you would any accessory. See that the SSAO folder has two effects:  “SSAO.x” and the other “SSAO_Lite.x”. The SSAO effect gives a stronger result, while SSAO_Lite gives a lesser effect of the same kind. It’s up to your choice which one you want to use!

Now try the SvDOF Effect … It’s Adjustable!

ALRIGHT! Now to the next effect which is really interesting to use and look at! It’s the SvDOF or DOF effect!

SvDOF gives a blurred effect to the Background surrounding your model. Unlike the SSAO effect, this time it’s necessary that you adjust the effect so that you get the right “look” … otherwise your model may look “blurred out” as well, which is not what we really want!

Here is the link to the SvDOF effect:

http://www.mediafire.com/?xx3hex7qfr1875v

After you have downloaded this effect, just extract the file to your Effects folder. Then start MMD and set up your models and your stage before using the effect. For this effect, you set up your stage and your models first … and then apply the SvDOF effect to give it a final touch!

After arranging your stage and models, go over to the folder with “SvDOF2” and, upon clicking the folder, you will notice that there are three effects. The effect on the top, the “ManualFocus.x” effect, doesn’t really have any sort of effect on your setup, so it is practically notYou can adjust the SvDOF effect to control the amount of BLUR in your MMD animation. needed here … let’s ignore that one and take a look at the other two: the “SvDOF.x” and the “SvDOF_HQ.x”. These effects are the ones that really work! :3

After selecting the effect, you will see that your whole MMD set-up looks rather blurry, and, by adjusting the settings in the boxes with the numbers (like 0.0000), you can get the outcome you desire. Keep making adjustments until you love the result!

An example of how this effect works is given below (through Yuma-san who voluntarily posed for this picture!).
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The MikuMikuEffect SvDOFeffect is adjustable so you can set the amount of blur.

Thank you for reading this article! (^^)

If there are still any doubts or any troubles with the effects, do comment on this article and I or Reggie-san will see to it that you get it solved! :3
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13 Comments

  1. cyd101 cyd101
    April 17, 2016    

    Everytime I load an effect it just turns in a blue or red square… Does anyone know why this is happening?

    • April 17, 2016    

      You mean *any* effect, or just one? Do you have DirectX 9.0 runtime library installed? What your video card is?

  2. Emily Emily
    January 30, 2016    

    How do you change where the point of focus is using the depth of field effect? I need to slowly switch it from the foreground to the background in a project.
    (I’m also very curious what the manual focus effect does as I haven’t been able to figure it out.)

    • January 31, 2016    

      Assign the effect to a Dummy Bone and move that bone to change the focus. You can assign another accessory to the same bone as well to see where exactly your focus is and make it invisible right before starting rendering.

    • July 9, 2016    

      Manual focus lets you do the same thing– adjust the depth at which the blur works. First, you load whichever SvDOF accessory you want (HQ is higher resolution but slow). Then you load manual focus. One of manual focus’s fields (si? can’t remember) will shift the depth of the DoF effect. Close-ups can get as low as 0.2, long-distance stuff can get to 2. Numbers outside of this range are probably a bad idea unless you’re trying to make things really blurry on purpose.

  3. Kahvana Kahvana
    November 5, 2015    

    Hello!

    Thank you really much for the tutorial n.n . It was really helpful!.
    Oh, and about the SSAO effect: It doesnt give shadow, but it fakes it (see: shader code). An easy way to eliminate the distortion artifacts at the edges, is to use Anti Aliassing.

    Once again, thank you very much!.
    – Kahvana

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      November 5, 2015    

      Thank you!

  4. dragonfury25 dragonfury25
    December 11, 2012    

    erm…I meant the download link isn’t working. that is, at least it’s not for me. then again, my computer has been coughing a lot…I think it’s got a cold (haha) I’ll check it out. sorry to have troubled you. [p.s. I finally figured out how to use the mirrored water effect! yay-me!]

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      December 11, 2012    

      I tried the link and it sent me to a YouTube Redirect page but there, under the big orange bar was a link to the zip file: http://mqdl.jpn.org/public/SSAO.zip
      Try that one! — Reggie

  5. dragonfury25 dragonfury25
    December 10, 2012    

    I’m just starting MMD and am overwhelmed by the whole thing but I’m learning! And, I must say that your site has been a huge help in that. The reason I’m writing is to both tell you THANK YOU! and to mention that your SSAO effect link doesn’t work. Might need to check that out. ;p Again, thank you much for your great site! and ROCK ON! :D

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      December 10, 2012    

      Hmmm … SSAO is one of my favorites … works for me … how does it not work for you … what’s missing?

  6. LuluGirl122 LuluGirl122
    August 14, 2012    

    I can’t beleive I’m saying (writing) this, but SSAO is better than adult shader. It’s great on everything, and doesn’t limit itself to only certain models (DT/PD models can look kind of funky too!).

  7. reggie_dentmore reggie_dentmore
    May 7, 2012    

    I wish I had used the SSAO effect on my latest “Departures” video on YouTube! My chibi-Miku has delicately colored lips that didn’t show in my video but now, with the SSAO effect, everything on-screen is both more richly colored and more detailed. It’s a beautiful effect.

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