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07/06/2016 20:02:39

zeke365
zeke365
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I have making movies with The Movies game and was looking for something similar to The Movies games (with stunts and effects) that had a little more features yet was simple to use. I came across your site by one the TMU community recommendations for alternative software.
I have tried trials of both iclone and Moviestorm but found them to be too complex for a new user. Then I downloaded a trial version of this site and found it very similar to what I m used to, and simple enough to use yet a lot can be done with it.

The only question I have is what are the pros and cons to the software.
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07/06/2016 20:35:55

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
ziggy72
Posts: 1988
Hello Zeke, please put all those worms back in the can Big Grin

Pros are simple enough - it's relatively easy to use, you can make as complex a set as you like, there's unlimited lights, rendering out is easy, and it's cheap.

Cons - The animations are fixed, so you can't create your own. The characters are flexible up to a point, but you can't import your own. Although you can import FBX files, the importer is limited (to say the least).

Depends what you want to do, and how much time you want to devote to doing it.
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07/06/2016 20:45:20

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
MrDrWho13
Posts: 2221
Welcome to Muvizu!
Here's a very quick overview:
Pros:
  • Free/very low cost compared to other similar software
  • Easy (It fits the old slogan perfectly: Direct, don't animate)
  • Fast to animate (Which is good for quick silly sketches, although there are actually some feature length films in the works)
  • Great community support for how-to guides etc and very good tech support from the staff

Cons:

  • Updates aren't as frequent as you might expect since there is only a small team of developers
  • Sometimes bugs are introduced with newer versions so it's best to install the new version separately and test it before moving your sets over.
  • You're limited to the cartoony characters that come with Muvizu
  • When importing objects, Muvizu tends to be a bit picky about the formats, collision, and complexity.
  • Muvizu uses the Unreal 3 engine underneath, so if you don't have a reasonably powerful graphics card then you might run in to lag here and there.

I think that's covered the main points.

In terms of learning how to use Muvizu, check out:
The tutorials: http://www.muvizu.com/Tutorials
The wiki: http://www.muvizu.com/Wiki
And other posts here on the forum.
If you can't find an answer to your problems in any of these places, then we're happy to help out. Just post your questions on the forum!
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22/07/2016 03:47:28

AllClass
AllClass
Posts: 68
I initially was frustrated by limitations in the software but there are workarounds, creative problem solving tips and a good forum on here.. It actually gets to a stage for me now where it feels like there are overwhelming amounts of options (which is great!!!)
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22/07/2016 12:35:51

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
ziggy72
Posts: 1988
Layers. Ever since Muvizu introduced layers the possibilities have opened up tremendously. You still need a decent editor though, and Hitfilm Express is free and very good.
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11/09/2016 16:07:14

zeke365
zeke365
Posts: 10
I have this software now but right now I m trying to get use to the movement by practicing walking, head movement, and eye move movement first before I start building sets.

If I get use to that first I think it will help down the road later.
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11/09/2016 17:14:09

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
PatMarrNC
Posts: 1742
zeke365 wrote:
I have this software now but right now I m trying to get use to the movement by practicing walking, head movement, and eye move movement first before I start building sets.

If I get use to that first I think it will help down the road later.


Hi Zeke, and welcome to the world of Muvizu! Check out the free sets in the user section of the store... you could make a lot of stories with these sets and go for a long time without ever having to build your own set!

I look forward to seeing your first video. If you come up with something before next Sunday at midnight GMT, you can enter it in our end of summer contest. There are multiple prizes awarded just for submitting something... and more if you win!
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11/09/2016 17:45:30

clayster2012Muvizu mogul
clayster2012
Posts: 651
Hello and welcome to muvizu zeke, Im a moderate animator, and from my experiences from other software's muvizu is the most easiest and cheapest way you can go, I mostly dropped all the other software's and stuck with this, a lot of animation is done for you, all you have to do is direct it, and if you want to do your own movements in animation, muvizu has a feature called Key Frame so you can create your own movements and it's easy to use, not just that you have a wonderful community here that's friendly and helpful, you get stuck with something or need help with a prop, or a character are whatever the case maybe then me and my fellow muvizuer's or here to help, and if you have any doubt about muvizu then take a look at the gallery and watch what muvizu can do!

Enjoy your stay!



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edited by clayster2012 on 11/09/2016
edited by clayster2012 on 11/09/2016
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