Microsoft has open -sourced 3D Movie Maker, a program that allows kids to create movies by placing 3D characters and props in pre-configured environments, as well as adding sound effects, music, and dialogue. The code is written in C++ and published under the MIT license. The program was developed in 1995, but remains in demand by enthusiasts who continue to publish films in 3mm format, as well as develop mods and expansions with the implementation of new scenes, characters and props.
The code is restored from the Microsoft archive and published as is, without adaptation for assembly with current compilers (Visual C++ 2.0 is required for assembly) and work on modern hardware. Microsoft has also received consent to open source the code used in the BRender 3D engine program. The BRender code in the 3D Movie Maker repository is published as of 1995, but newer versions are available for download – BRender-1997 and BRender-v1.3.2, open source under MIT licenses. However, the SoftImage SDK is not included, which must be obtained separately.