What is MMD?

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What is MMD?

‘MMD’ is the abbreviated term used for MikuMikuDance, a type of animation software that allows people to create dance moves out various models.  MMD is a freeware program which means that it can be downloaded and used by people without paying any download or usage fees.  MMD or MikuMikuDance is based on the character of Hatsune Miku who first became popular with a voice singing program called Vocaloid.  Under the Vocaloid system, the character of Hatsune Miku is able to sing just like a normal singer would do with the use of the software.  Composers, for example, simply need to type the lyrics of a particular song, and the character of Hatsune Miku will be able to have an electronic voice that sounds authentic.  Because of Vocaloid’s popularity, Hatsune Miku’s character eventually ventured into dance moves with MMD or MikuMikuDance.

Yu Higuchi is the known programmer of MMD, and the initial version of the software was released in Japanese.  With its popularity among many users, an English version was also released. Using the MMD software is made easy with simple techniques and configurations.  The 3D models, for example, may be imported into a certain virtual room, and dance moves can be added with just a few button clicks.  Another great feature of MMD is that facial expressions of the 3D models may be modified to a person’s preferences and liking.  And with the succession of dance moves, users can basically create a whole music video for a favorite 3D character.

The most current version of MMD is version 7.39, and it is able to run smoothly on Windows operating systems starting from Windows XP up to the current Windows 7 platform.  And since MMD is released as a freeware, the main programmer has allowed fans of the software to continue the updating and development of MMD.

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