Someone Tweeted Microsoft To Release 27 Year Old 3D Movie Maker Source Code, So They Did It

Foone, a self-proclaimed “hardware/software necromancer” and chaotic keyboard maker, convinced Microsoft to release the source code for 3D Movie Maker – apparently all we had to do was ask. The 27-year-old animation program is out now, neatly archived, and available for anyone to tinker with.

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“Hey Microsoft, give me the source code for 3D Movie Maker,” Foone wrote on Twitter last month. Then, earlier this week, Microsoft Scott Hanselman quote retweeted it and dropped the source code, thanking Microsoft Open Source Office for their efforts.

Now the slightly quirky, slightly edgy, very 90s 3D movie maker is available, in its entirety, for anyone to have and tinker with. The program lets you place cartoon characters and elements in 3D environments, control their movement on a timeline, and export it as a mini movie. Along with the source code, Foone has plans to update it to work on modern PCs and to potentially add features that could make sharing its unique videos (in .3mm file format) much easier than you can by default.

“I expect to receive the modernized base version within a few months, depending on how many issues I encounter,” Foone told me.

Foone has a long-standing love for 3D Movie Maker: they started using it in 1996 and started creating addons for the software in 2001. They belong to a surprisingly active community that continues to discuss and share animations each other on an unofficial forum. . As you can imagine, the forum is delighted with the news.

“I never thought I would see the light of day,” wrote a moderator named HMC.

“It’s a dream come true. Thank you Foone for always pushing 3DMM forward,” said Business Man.

Part of the reason 3D Movie Maker source code may be released is that the engine it runs on, BRender, also released its source code this week. With both available, Foone can start updating it without having to deal with licensing issues. Much like having Kid Pix in your browser, Foone wants to make 3D Movie Maker accessible to everyone, whether it’s creating and exporting finished animations or testing out raw ideas that they’ll later end up in tools. more modern like Source Filmmaker.

“I didn’t know if that would happen, but frankly I thought it was worth a serious try,” Foone said when I asked if they thought their original tweet would lead to anything. “I had already asked around me and [Microsoft] couldn’t find [the code]… turns out it was buried deep in an archive of an archive of an archive. Apparently someone had to pull it from the backup tapes to get it!”

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