Microsoft makes 3D Movie Maker open-source after 27 years

Microsoft has open-sourced the code for 3D Movie Maker, an animation program originally released in 1995. If you don’t remember 3D Movie Maker, that’s understandable, as it was relatively short-lived software.

3D Movie Maker was an animation studio geared towards children, and it gave users the ability to create animated movies. The program consisted of a series of 3D character models with some music and voice clips, and combined with pre-rendered backgrounds, it was possible to create a video scene frame by frame. It was also possible to record sound clips and import audio files for your creations. Also, 3D Movie Maker was the first appearance of the famous (for better or worse) Comic Sans font.

While the official versions of 3D Movie Maker didn’t go much beyond the initial release, enthusiasts have developed several expansion packs to make it more useful over the years. It appears that in response to one such enthusiast, Microsoft decided to publish the source code for the software, as Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman shared the news in response to Twitter user Foon.

The source code is published on GitHub under the MIT license, and while Microsoft warns that you probably can’t build an app from this source code on modern hardware, developers can experiment with it and potentially make it into the modern era. can update. Microsoft itself won’t publish any updated versions of 3D Movie Maker because the official open-source repo will be stable, but users can fork it and mess around with it in their own repositories.

Microsoft has been leaning more into open-source software over the years. PowerToys was revived in recent years as open-source software and receives continual improvements to the developer community. The Windows 10 Calculator app was also open-sourced a few years back and was even ported to smartphones.

Source Microsoft (GitHub)

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