Microsoft 3d Movie Maker 1995

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Originally launching in 1995, Microsoft’s 3D Movie Maker has long been enjoying its retirement, however, in a surprising turn of events, the aged software is now being given a new lease of life thanks to the source code being released after 27 long years.

The release of the 3D Movie Maker source code comes to us thanks to software necromancers Foone, Scott Hanselman, and Jeff Wilcox, who recently proclaimed their success at nabbing and releasing the software’s source code. This was after ‘nerd sniping’ an engineer and telling them it can’t be done, which is a remarkably effective strategy. Hey friends - we've open sourced the code to 1995's Microsoft 3D Movie Maker https://t.co/h4mYSKRrjK Thanks to @jeffwilcox and the Microsoft OSS office as well our friends in legal and those who continue to put up with me being a nudzh.

Thanks to @foone for the idea! https://t.co/6wBAkjkeIPMay 4, 2022. Now that the software is back in the wild once more after an extended absence, users who get the software running in Windows 11, can once again create somewhat horrifying 3D movies by placing characters and props into 3D pre-rendered environments that certainly look indicative of the era in which they were released.

In the pursuit of creating music magic, users could also add actions, sound effects, music, text, speech, and special effects to their animated 3D movies. 3D Movie Maker from 1995 also marks the first-ever appearance of the infamous Comic Sans font that everyone loves to hate.

Regardless of whether or not you’re actually planning on using this aged software now that it is available via its source code, there’s no denying that this is a welcome decision from Microsoft and its Open Source Programs Office. This chunk of history can now be properly archived and preserved for us all to marvel at.

As the home of the Comics Sans font and the progenitor, in some respects, of Windows Movie Maker and Clipchamp, Microsoft’s 3D Movie Maker will always hold a special place within Microsoft’s history.

With this in mind, it feels right that the program can now be properly arched and even used once again by those who wish to make some more unsettling 3D Movies. Microsoft 3D Movie Maker has been open sourced. The program was initially launched in 1995 and allowed people to place 3-D objects within pre-rendered environments. The software has been out of support for several years and won't work on many modern systems, but it's available to investigate for anyone who is interested.

Microsoft 3D Movie Maker was initially launched in 1995. The program allowed you to place 3-D objects within environments to create films. The software looks dated now, but it was a fun way to play around with 3-D effects back in the day.

Now, the classic program has been open sourced by Microsoft.

It appears that a 3D Movie Maker enthusiast was able to convince Microsoft's Scot Hanselman to open source the software by "nerd sniping." That term refers to when a person claims something cannot be done with the aim of someone proving them wrong. "What's the best way to get something done? Nerd-snipe an engineer and tell them it can't be done. I HATE being told something can't be done," said Microsoft's Scott Hanselman. What's the best way to get something done?

Nerd-snipe an engineer and tell them it can't be done. I HATE being told something can't be done.What's the best way to get something done? Nerd-snipe an engineer and tell them it can't be done. I HATE being told something can't be done.— Scott Hanselman 🇺🇦 (@shanselman) May 4, 2022May 4, 2022. Of course, Microsoft's 3D Movie Maker from 1995 is out of support. In fact, it may not even work on newer PCs. "This project is unlikely to build successfully under modern hardware/software, but you can get started with compilation and get partial completed binaries," explains the GitHub page for the program.

The files in the GitHub repository are for historical reference and will remain static going forward. Microsoft invites people to fork the repo and to experiment with the code. / March 18, 1995; 27 years ago. 3D Movie Maker (commonly shortened to 3DMM) is a children's computer program developed by Microsoft Home's Microsoft Kids subsidiary in 1995.

Via: Ars Technica

Using the program, users can make films by placing 3D characters and props into pre-rendered environments, as well as adding actions, sound effects, music, text, speech and special effects. Movies are then saved in the .3mm file format. The program features two helper characters to guide users through the various features of the program: The character McZee (voiced by Michael Shapiro) provides help throughout the studio while his assistant Melanie provides other various tutorials.