Microsoft opens source code for 3D Movie Maker
Microsoft cracked open the code for the 27-year-old 3D Movie Maker program, and it’s all thanks to someone asking on Twitter. Foone, whose Twitter profile says he is a “hardware and software necromancer”, asked the tech giant for the program’s source code so they can expand and extend it. Microsoft doesn’t own the BRender engine it runs on, which potentially caused a problem, but the one that does Foone said that he would be happy to open it if he can find a copy. Luckily, someone kept a copy of the engine, and Microsoft was able to release the program code in its entirety.
3D Movie Maker, released in 1995, offers users an easy way to create movies by placing cartoon characters and props into pre-rendered environments. According to PC Gamer, Foone plans to update the program so that it can work on modern PCs, as well as add features to make it easier to share the resulting videos. “I expect to receive the modernized basic version within a few months, depending on the number of problems I encounter,” they said. PCGamer.
The original source code for the project is now on GitHub made available under the MIT license as open source. Like RockPaperShotgun notes, the program’s BRender engine was also used for games such as Carmageddon 1 & 2so releasing the code could potentially lead to fan-updated builds that can run more smoothly on modern computers.