Use the Rule of Thirds Effect to Create Camera Motion Data in MMD!

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How to Use The Rule of Thirds Effect.

Last year I had written a very basic tutorial regarding using the camera in MikuMikuDance. See how The Rule of Thirds sets up four locations that you can use to make more interesting shots! MMD.(It’s here: ). This time I want to focus (Get it…Focus…Oookay.) on helping you make better videos with a time proven compositional suggestion. This technique is called The Rule of Thirds. It is also the name of the effect. You will find a link to it on Trackdancer’s dA page.

You load this effect just like you would load most other effects, by using the Accessory Manipulation Panel (AMP). What this effect does, is divide your display panel’s view into Thirds both horizontally and vertically (a tic-tac-toe pattern). What you want to do is set up your shots so that the subject (or the key points of your subject) is near the interior lines or four intersecting points. This creates a very aesthetically pleasing picture. Everything you see in magazines, television and movies applies this Rule of Thirds to some extent.

You can apply either one of the horizontal lines on the horizon or if you are planning a close up shot; level with the model’s eyes or shoulders. Vertical lines can be applied to trees, buildings, and other people in the shot. Using these points and lines can create motion and mood in even still shots.

Rules of Order.

We have all been taught to center everything in the frame. We want to center the subject, the Konko, centered ... makes for an average picture. The Rule of Thirds can help to get away from "boring". MMDhorizon, in the visual center of the shot. This works-it’s just not visually interesting. Please, don’t assume that you should never center your shot. If, you want the absolute attention of your viewer, to be a specific item or perhaps, the subject too large to be practically photographed in any other way. Then, by all means, center the subject.

However, whenever you apply the Rule of Thirds you create motion, depth, and scale to your shot. I made a couple of .gifs, the top one has the model and horizon centered. Konko looks much more interestung with the Rule of Thirds in force.It’s a decent shot; it doesn’t really draw you in though. Now the second shot, has the Rule of Thirds applied, already you see a better sense of scale and we  have a newly revealed vanishing point. All I did was move the shot so that Konko and the horizon are closer to the first third of the grid.

The Rule of Thirds effect is unique in that it trains you to develop your “photographic eye”, outside of MMD. So if you are using a cell phone camera, a digital SLR or even a hand-held camcorder. You can mentally apply the rule of thirds and make even simple snap shots more interesting and that is a good rule of thumb we could all use.

Have fun with this.

Konko by Kakomiki
PD Dreaming Leaf Stage by AndreehXD
Effects: Adultshader and SSAO.


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