Microsoft has open source for the 27-year-old 3D Movie Maker program – and all thanks to someone who asked on Twitter. Foone, whose Twitter account says they are “a necromancer of hardware and software,” he asked the technology giant for the program’s source code so they can expand and expand it. Microsoft doesn’t have the BRender engine it runs on, which is potentially a problem, but the one it does said Foone that he would be happy to open it if he could find a copy. Fortunately, someone kept a copy of the engine, and Microsoft was able to release the program code in its entirety.
Launched in 1995, 3D Movie Maker gives users an easy way to create movies by placing cartoon characters and props in pre-drawn environments. According to PCGamer, Foone plans to update the program so that it can run on modern computers, as well as add features to make it easier to share the resulting videos. “I expect to receive the main upgraded version next month in a few months, depending on how many problems I face,” they said. PCGamer.
The original source code for the project is now on GitHub available under the MIT license as open source. Like RockPaperShotgun notes, the program’s BRender engine has also been used for games such as Carmageddon 1 and 2so the release of the code could potentially lead to fan-updated versions that can run smoother on modern computers.
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