MikuMikuDance 9.0.3 Released and New jThree MMD Generator Launched

Filed under: MMD,Software — Written by jrharbort on Monday, March 17th, 2014 @ 6:52 am

Image of MikuMikuDance 9.0.3 Interface

The creator of the MikuMikuDance 3D model choreography tool has updated the program past version 9.0, all the way to 9.0.3. The most recent updates bring some much welcome enhancements and features. Some of these include:

■ Physics “on/off” toggle function, and physics “trace” mode (allows you to see physics behavior between frames without needing to play the animation).
■ Physics “on/off” toggle function for individual model bones (helpful for keeping some parts of models rigid during animation, if needed).
■ Shadow detail manipulation in camera/accessory mode, as well as auto shadows based on camera distance.
■ Numerical values can now be entered for facial manipulation (helpful for more accurate adjustments).

This latest version of MikuMikuDance can be downloaded from the official website.

Also recently released by a completely seperate entity named “jThree” is a web-based jquery/javascript plugin called MMD-Generator. It is capable of rendering MikuMikuDance animations within your browser using WebGL animation. The developer says the web application works best on Windows 7 with the latest versions of the Chrome, Firefox or Opera browsers. Mac users may have some luck running the application with Opera.

There are a few demos available directly from the site: Senbonzakura (warning, heavy animation), Melt and a Solar system Simulator. You can also use the tool to load your own MMD models and VMD motion data for camera and models. It also supports the rendering of MP3 and OGG audio. The plugin can be downloaded and run locally from your own system.

The program code is also included and uses an MIT license. There is no documentation or instructions provided yet (which the developer apologizes for). You can expect more updates to this application in the future.

Website: http://www.jthree.jp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jThree_jp

EDIT: As soon as I finished this article, it was announced that the web application was taken down due to the discovery of many bugs. The creator apologizes and will try to have them fixed as soon as possible. The demos are still available, however.

MMD-Generator rendering the on-site demo of Senbonzakura.

MikuMikuDance Newcomer: Koron Miku 2.0

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,MMD — Written by Lawrence Elsa on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 @ 5:15 am

A MikuMikuDance modeler by the name of Koron uploaded a teaser video to Nico Video on December 24th to showcase a new and improved Hatsune Miku model nearly a year since releasing his first one. The model is very high quality, has very precise rigging, and has a large variety of facial expressions. Since the video preview was uploaded on December 24th, the video has already surpassed well over 100,000 views, clearly demonstrating its popularity.

Koron promised the download would be available before the new year, and he kept his word. The download is now available through a link in the video description, and is available for anyone to download and use as long as they abide by the Terms of Use. The password hint says to type the 8 digits after the “SM” in the video url.

Sony Japan Announces Release Date for Miku Miku Hockey

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,MMD,Software,Videogames — Written by Lawrence Elsa on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 @ 1:28 am

Sony has finally revealed the release date for the Play Station Vita app, Miku Miku Hockey to be released on the PSN market come September 10th.

After revealing the demo at the Nico Nico Chokaigi convention, the game has been shown to utilize the Vita’s AR abilities and involves playing Air Hockey with 2 familiar MMD models: LAT type Miku, and Mikudayo (Type Suzu). The game’s AI has been said to be improved, as well as hold a special mode where you can spectate a match between Miku and Mikudayo.

The game will be available for PSN Plus members from September 10th until November 12th, and has only been announced for Japan’s Playstation network. However, it’s possible that it may be released in other regions. If you are in Japan for the upcoming Magical Mirai event, stop by their booth to give the game a try for yourself!

Via SG Cafe and Play Station Report

Ever Green feat. Hatsune Miku – A New 3DPV Released By Domino’s Japan

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,MMD,Music — Written by jrharbort on Monday, July 15th, 2013 @ 9:48 am

In addition to the previous news announcement, Domino’s Japan has released an all new 3DPV for the start of the Domino’s x Hatsune Miku Summer campaign.

As you probably saw hinted in images of the updated iPhone application, they were including a new augmented reality song titled “Ever Green”. But what I didn’t expect was the release of a full 3DPV from Director Wakamura, a professional animator.

Domino’s has also released a “making of” video, where you can also catch a glimpse of the new pizza box design at the very end (watch it here). They also updated the Miku Domino’s website, where they revealed a nice surprise for the new summer promotion. They have brought back the 34%+5% (39% off) coupon for using the Miku iPhone application to place your order, and it’s usable from July 16th until July 21st, 6X longer than the previous coupon promotion!

Enjoy the 3DPV of Ever Green below. PV credits: Wakamura (animation), Dadie MSP (music), okp (costume design), mako (dance).

HachiojiP Announces ViViD WAVE Album Launch For July 17th

Filed under: Albums,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,MMD,Music,Other Vocaloids — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 @ 2:04 am

ViViDWAVE_coverAll fans of 8#Prince/HachioujiP should prepare themselves, as his newest album ViViD WAVE is set for launch on July 17th. And from the look of the track list, this will be a must-have on many people’s wish lists.

The normal album will contain 14 tracks, while the limited edition release will include a DVD containing PVs for the songs GAME OVER, Dream Creator, Fake Doll and HORIZON.

The Vocaloids used in this release include GUMI, IA, Miku, Luka, and Kagamine Rin & Len. The track list contains the following songs:

1: Monochrome
3: fake doll
4: take it easy
5: エレクトリック・マジック
6: Dream Creator
9: Little Summer of Love
12: フカヨミ
14: ViViD WAVE

You can find the album up for preorder on sites such as CDJapan (regular edition and limited edition) and Amazon Japan (regular edition and limited edition). Quantities appear to be limited and are running out fairly quickly, especially for the limited edition version.

Since two of the songs included on the DVD have not yet had a public video release, you can likely expect to see them uploaded very soon on HachiojiP’s official YouTube channel. Below is the newest music video for the song HORIZON.

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