Do you feel lucky?

by Muvizu_Admin in Updates

MuvizuI know what you're thinking. "Did they add six new features or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is Muvizu, the most powerful free animation tool in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

All of which is a showy way to let you know that Muvizu has decided to go a little bit experimental. Our way of operating until now has been to plan features for an upgrade, mostly based on user feedback, work on it, test it, release it and then repeat the process with the next one.

We've come to a point, however, where we don't just want feedback about our released work, we want input while it is happening. We're already looking for ways to allow interested users to gain access to our daily releases so that they can make suggestions and criticisms earlier in the development cycle.

We've decided, then, to publish our latest release with a health warning. Yes, it has features such as moving objects (you'll finally be able to open a door), animatable object properties, lights that can switch on mid-performance, extra visual effects such as fireworks, bubbles, dry ice and so on (and the ability for users to control them to a far greater extent), plus musical instruments and a whole set of accompanying animations. This is all cool and, for the most part, tried and tested.

However, this release also has much more fundamental changes - the ability to split character animations between upper and lower body, for instance, plus a different underlying mechanism for undo, redo and some timeline functions.

This, too, is cool - but it is pretty extreme and we're putting it out there now to solicit feedback from hard-core users. Some of the work is radical and, as such, not so stable in places. Based on your responses, we'll aim to release a more locked-down version in a few weeks' time.

Download Muvizu. Make movies in hours, not weeks. Free.So, the choice is yours. Stick with what you know, or for new users the safest thing to try, which is the main download button. This one:

Feeling lucky? Bleeding-edge beta. May contain nuts.Or, for extreme Muvizu users, or impatient, rash, maverick, drunk ones (possibly called Dreeko), download the full-fat, maxed-out, untamed brute that's available here:

Known issues with the bleeding-edge version:

- Some animations for the girl character sheer when combined with locomotion
- For musical animations, the character must be in the correct state for them to work. So, characters must be standing for guitar animations but sitting for drum and keyboard animations
- It has been observed, albeit rarely, that some camera cuts may come out in the wrong order. If this happens, right-click on the cut event in the timeline, change it to another camera and then change it back before re-recording the final output
- A character's initial mood is applied only after a locomotion block has finished. So, if you set a character to be angry initially and then record movement but then go back and change the initial mood to sad, the sad mood will be applied only after the movement block is completed
Anyone who decides to take the plunge, you have our admiration and appreciation in equal measure: please, please send us your feedback to

As for the rest of you, you're very sensible people. We bet you wear sensible shoes and everything. Yawn.

Best wishes and good luck,

The Muvizu team

Comments (16)

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  1. Matt
    • Matt - Over a year ago
    • Bleeding-edge better, all the way! :) I'm looking forward to this...
  2. Matt
    • Matt - Over a year ago
    • Oh dear... I can't spell 'beta', it seems.
  3. Marco_D
    • Marco_D - Over a year ago
    • Good luck everyone! Get ready for some serious fun :)
  4. mysto Muvizu mogul Experimental user
    • mysto - Over a year ago
    • Bleeding-edge all the way baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. inlimbo
    • inlimbo - Over a year ago
    • Thanks for the .44 Muvizu article. I'm curious, is it possible to keep the last version of Muvizu installed on a computer without overwriting it and therefore the new/bleeding edge Muvizu in a separate file directory?