Messing Around with Vocaloid Models

No idea why this even interests me since I have never used Vocaloid, but I have come across the spin off “games” Miku Miku Dance (MMD) and Miku Miku Moving (MMM) where you can either use their premade models, modify their models (which they have given permission to do so), or create your very own models and use them to create videos with them. (I honestly thought these were games when I first heard about them, I swear, but Vocaloid is a series of digital music voice program products.)

Now so far all I’ve seen people do is create music videos just like you do in the Vocaloid game, but I’m certain you can do far more than that with these models if you chose. Like vlogs or skits. If you were truly ambitious (I’m not) maybe an entire fan made animated movie with these guys.

There’s several programs – like Blender – you can use to create these models from scratch but seeming how I’ve tried to use Blender before to render Minecraft maps and FAILED, I went with a specialized editor designed just for these models to tinker with. I really have no idea what the fuck I’m doing with Blender – like at all. Maybe it’s because I have it stuck in my head I’m not an artist? Maybe it’s because I just find the program itself overwhelming? No idea.

Anyhow, I took the preset models the MMD program comes with and followed some tutorials I’ve found to create my very own Toadie 3D avatar. Unfortunately when it came time to tinker with movements I discovered that in the process of customizing the appearance of my model, I wrecked the movement skeleton frame (the bones and joints rigging) so now I need to learn how to build that from scratch for this model. Right now all I can make Toadie do is slide across the screen.

For those who are curious, this is what my avatar looks like:

ToadieFront

ToadieLeft

ToadieRight.png

ToadieBack

I really have no idea where I’m going with this. Kind of toying with the idea of making videos for the Chaos Rally, but I’m undecided. I don’t even dance in real life (I’m seriously uncoordinated) so I’m not sure if I can make a 3D model dance successfully. However, I do find this program truly fascinating. I guess I’ve fallen into this rabbit hole due to the fact that Tuxedo Cat enjoys this genre of music. Yes, I prefer metal and rock but I enjoy music of all kinds as a whole and it’s nice to have this connection with him.

Here is a music video created by ushimitsu toki using this program with multiple plugins and a custom model and a custom background set.

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