Position stage near MMD coordinate axis center-line

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.comHow can I move the coordinate axis center-line into the part of the stage where I want to shoot my scene? How can I make it easy on myself as I create an MMD animation? Why is the camera motion so messed-up as I create my MMD animation?

I have some very large stages… like “MMD Batokin Island” or “MMD Inside of School” and “Yokohama Rural Stage“… and I always move that stage so that the action area is centered on the coordinate axis center-line so as to make the camerawork easier!

Position the stage
near the MMD coordinate axis center-line!

When I load the MMD Inside of School stage, the coordinate axis center-line is, by default, in the center of the courtyard… but I want to shoot a scene in the hallway!

The coordinate axis center-line is far from my action... making it hard to place models and move camera.

Many MMDers make the mistake of leaving the stage where it is while they load their models and drag them way over there… to where they want to create their scene. Then they have to drag the camera way over there, too…

I have placed the models but they are far from center-stage!

That’s the Harner “MMD inside of School” stage at an Si size setting of .6

… and then, when they start to move the camera, they find that the camera controls seem to be way out of whack! It takes real effort to make a simple camera  move… things just aren’t working right!

The solution:

Move the stage so that your area of interest is positioned under the coordinate axis center-line!

Now, with the coordinate axis center-line centered on my shooting area, my camera moves and model adjustment is much easier!

Click to get into Accessory mode and use the XYZ rollers to position the stage. With the center-line now in center-stage… when you load models, they will be center-stage… and as you swing the camera, it will move easily around center-stage.

Camerawork and model movement is much easier when the Coordinate axis center-line is centered on your stage!


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