Use The Background AVI to Make Realistic Animations in MMD.
“How do you make realistic motion data in MMD?” is one of the most asked questions we get here at LearnMMD. The obvious answer is to practice, practice, practice. One way to do this is to use the background AVI (Audio Visual Interleave) feature in MikuMikuDance.
I had written an article about using pictures and the background AVI as a backdrop (https://learnmmd.com/http:/learnmmd.com/add-background-pictures-and-video-to-mmd/) and in the post note I made a glancing reference to using this technique. If you haven’t ever loaded a background AVI, then read that article first.
Load your background AVI, and then load your model and .wav file. As a suggestion, go to your main menu’s File tab and check “play WAV with frame.” This lets you hear where the music is playing at that particular frame. Use your keyboard’s left and right arrow keys to find the places where you want to position your model to duplicate the background AVI. The advantages of this technique are that you have a rough idea about what you want to create. The other, and most important, is that you have your timing down.
Working in the Background.
Your background AVI can be something you might have recorded. You can also take your video camera and have your few remaining friends (MMD is very addictive. It’s really easy to lose track of family, friends, jobs, etc.) act out what you want to animate. In theater, this is called blocking the scene. If you or one of your friends is a dancer, then record original choreography and use that. A camera that is fixed in one spot makes this easier.
If you get permission and credit appropriately you could also use a YouTube video as your background AVI. Most people would be flattered to have inspired someone else’s creativity. As a bonus, you can use your animation and leave a video response to their original upload. Don’t forget, MMD is only able to recognize just one type of AVI file (AVI1.0). You might need a video conversion program (I use Freemake).
I want to give you a word of warning: as tempting as it may be, don’t try to recreate the background motion EXACTLY. If you try to this frame by frame it becomes a migraine and a half. This also annuls the most powerful feature of MMD- the physics engine. For all intents and purposes, you might as well be doing hand-drawn flip page animation. Again, save your time, tears as well as your sanity, and just skip to certain key points in the background AVI and let MikuMikuDance do the rest.
Have fun with this.
Model: Wooden Doll (Omomasu).
Motion Data inspired by Dancing’s Worm choreography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u01REwpdJ7Q from Dancing’s YouTube channel “How to Do the Worm.”
Stage: Black and White Checkered Floor by SelfishNeko.
As I was writing this article a recently came across an MMDer who used this technique quite effectively. Instead of doing a video for our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnMMD . I decided to provide a link to their upload. Anakuya1 was inspired by a YouTube video uploaded by Bestreet Hip-Hop and created this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuKeGFHGEfo . I think it is a very good first effort. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Anakuya1’s videos!
The inspiration for this article was an entry in the MMD Cup 9. I couldn’t find it until now. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpuVlpTi6kg . It is a take-off of the “Cooking with Haku” theme that was started a couple years ago. I thought it was great aid to the budding MMDer. I saw this and thought “That’s an article!”
Inspiration is wherever you find it.
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