Microsoft releases 3D Movie Maker source code

Tech giant Microsoft has cracked open the code for the 27-year-old program 3D Movie Maker after a user requested it on microblogging site Twitter

San Francisco: Tech giant Microsoft opened the code for the 27-year-old program 3D Movie Maker after a user requested it on microblogging site Twitter.

Foone, whose Twitter profile said he was a “hardware and software necromancer,” asked the tech giant for the program’s source code so it could expand and extend it, Engadget reports.

Microsoft doesn’t own the BRender engine it runs on, which potentially caused a problem, but whoever does have it told Foone he’d be happy to open it up if he could find a copy.


According to the report, 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 PCGamer, Foone plans to update the program so it can run on modern PCs, as well as add features to make it easier to share the resulting videos.

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Virginia C. Taylor