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#1 2018-04-14 17:58

New to MMD, would like some help

1. What program do I use? Aside from MMD, that is. Is there any programs out there to make my life easier?
2. What are the rules and regulations regarding other people's model/motion usage?
3. Are most MMD works done with the in built physics engine or are they manually done?
4. Some nude models that I DL, e.g this one: https://sfmlab.com/item/1971/?page=1 have clothes which I cannot figure out how to remove
5. Where is the best place to create custom models/motions?
6. Is there a guide somewhere?

Thx in advance

2018-05-16 21:36

1.
Three programs that you're probably going to want more than anything are PMX_Editor, MMEffect, and Handbreak. PMX_Editor is an external application that helps with editing models, stages, and accessories. I'm assuming you're English, so you can download a translated version of PMX_Editor here:
https://eoscustom3d.deviantart.com/art/English-Pmx-Editor-v1-1-542100208
MMEffect is actually a plugin for MMD. It handles any effects that you might want to add to a video. If you've ever seen a video with something like lens flares or floating flower petals, that's most likely the work of MMEffect. You can download the plugin here:
https://learnmmd.com/downloads/#Anchor_Download_MMEv037
There's a tutorial on how to install MMEffect here:
https://learnmmd.com/http:/learnmmd.com/download-mme-install-mikimikueff...
Handbreak is a video conversion software. MMD renders out videos into very large .AVI files, which are usually too big for most media players to handle. Handbrake can convert these .AVI files into the more standard and much smaller .MP4 file type. You can download Handbrake here:
https://handbrake.fr/
You might also want to consider using a few other programs like 7-Zip, Audacity, and GIMP.
7-Zip is a program that can compress/decompress data. Whenever you download a model or motion, it's usually compressed in a .RAR or a .ZIP format. 7-Zip can usually convert these files into something that you can use. You can download 7-Zip here:
https://www.7-zip.org/
Audacity is an audio editing software that can also do conversions. If you ever encounter an audio file for a motion that is a bit too quiet or has a bit of sound that you want to edit out, you can easily do this with Audacity. Audacity's ability to convert audio files is also useful because MMD will only recognize 16-Bit PCM .WAV audio files (If you try to load an .MP3 file into MMD, it won't work. I don't know if there's a plugin to fix this, I always just convert my audio files.) You can download Audacity here:
http://www.audacityteam.org/
GIMP is an image editing software that's similar to Photoshop. If you ever want to change the color of a model's hair or clothes, GIMP is a good place to start. The program is a bit hard to use at first, but it gets easier once you use it a few times. There are also dozens of tutorials on how to use GIMP scattered across the web, so figuring out how to do what you want shouldn't be too much of a problem. You can download GIMP here:
https://www.gimp.org/
I only mentioned the programs that I usually use, but this webpage might have some other things you may want to consider downloading:
https://learnmmd.com/downloads/
Also, you're going to want a proper codec. Having MMD render a video using the basic Raw AVI codec doesn't work that well. This webpage should tell you everything you need to know about getting a proper codec:
https://learnmmd.com/http:/learnmmd.com/right-codec-when-rendering-mmd/
2.
Generally, whenever you use a person's model or motion in a video, you should leave a link in the description of the video to where you originally downloaded that model or motion. This is usually the best way to give credit to a creator.
Usually, though, it depends on what the creators want. Any time you download something, the creator will usually either state their usage rules on the webpage or include them in a ReadMe file with the rest of the download. Most of the time, creators will just want credit for their work, but some of them don't want people to edit their models or use them in lewd situations at all. These creators can get a bit ... irrational if you break their rules, too. They'll usually just stop distributing their work, but I've heard that some of them will go so far as to send takedown requests to get videos that use edited versions of their work pulled from the web.
Overall, just try to be careful, and give credit where it's due.
3.
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I'm pretty sure that most videos just use the basic model physics. Personally, I try to do a little bit of both. You should get results that are perfectly fine by just using a model's basic physics, though.
A good bit of advice that I usually follow is: render out a video three or four times. Each of the videos should have the physics behaving slightly different, and you can pick the one that ends up looking the best.
4.
This is something that you can easily fix with PMX_Editor. Just go to the matreial tab, find the material for the clothing you want to remove, turn off the edge line (outline), and set the opacity to zero. It might seem a bit complicated at first, but it should be pretty intuitive once you've used the program a few times.
5.
If you want to create a model using parts from already existing models, then PMX_Editor is definitely the way to go. If you want to make models from scratch, then you might try a dedicated modeling program like Blender of Sketchup (I just edit models, so I don't know much about making them from scratch.).
Similarly, if you want to just edit a preexisting motion, then MMD itself should give you plenty of tools to accomplish what you want.
If you want to make a motion from scratch, then MMD itself is actually a pretty good place to start in my experience (Beyond that, I'm not much help. I'm not an animator, either. You could also try doing motion-capture, but I don't know anything about that.).
6.
You can find literally hundreds of tutorials about MMD on Youtube (It is Youtube, though, so don't expect to find anything on how to do lewd stuff.). If you have any questions about usually anything regarding MMD, an answer is usually just a Google search away.
This website is also really good for beginners:
https://learnmmd.com/
Of course, you can always ask for help in the forums.

Phew ~ that was a long post. I hope Admin doesn't get mad at me. =3

2018-04-28 21:27

Isometric, thank you very much for your post ^^