Microsoft has unveiled the code for the 27-year-old 3D Movie Maker program – and all thanks to someone who asked on Twitter. Foone, whose Twitter profile says they are “hardware and software necromancers,” asked technology giant for the source code of the program to be able to extend and extend it. Microsoft does not own the BRender engine it is running, which would potentially be a problem, but the one that does said Foone to be happy to open it if he can find a copy. Fortunately, someone kept a copy of the engine, and Microsoft was able to release the program code in full.
Released in 1995, 3D Movie Maker provides users with an easy way to create movies by placing cartoon characters and props in pre-rendered environments. According to PCGamer, Foone plans to update the program so it can run on modern computers, as well as add features to make it easier to share the resulting videos. “I expect to get the basic upgraded version in the next month to a few months, depending on how many problems I encounter,” they said. PCGamer.
The source code for the project is now available on GitHub under a MIT license as an open source. As RockPaper Shotgun notes, the BRender engine program has also been used for games such as Carmageddon 1 and 2so issuing code could potentially lead to updated versions of fans that can run smoothly on modern computers.
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