Microsoft opens the code for 3D Movie Maker

Microsoft has made the code open source for the 27-year-old program 3D Movie Maker – and it’s all thanks to someone who asked for it on Twitter. Foone, whose Twitter profile says they are a “hardware and software necromancer,” early the tech giant for the program’s source code so they could expand and expand it. Microsoft doesn’t own the BRender engine it runs on, which may have caused a problem, but whoever owns it told Foone that he would be happy to open it if he can find a copy. Fortunately, someone saved a copy of the engine, and Microsoft was able to release the program’s code in its entirety.

3D Movie Maker, released in 1995, provides users with an easy way to create movies by placing cartoon characters and props in pre-rendered environments. According to PCGamer, Foone plans to update the program to run on modern PCs, as well as add features to make sharing the resulting videos easier. “I expect to get the modernized base version in the next month to a few months, depending on how many problems I run into,” they said. PCGamer

The original source code for the project has now been made available on GitHub under the MIT license as open source. if RockPaperShotgun notes, the program’s BRender engine was also used for games such as: Carmageddon 1 & 2so the release of the code could potentially lead to fan updated versions that can run more smoothly on modern computers.

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