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Level 38 : Artisan Ninja
For those of you who don't know, Mine-imator is a Minecraft animation program made by David. It allows you to make Minecraft animations using simple tools, just like the ones you use in Blender but MUCH more easier to use.

There's a variety of models you can use, including Steve and the Monsters you faced in Minecraft, except for the Ender dragon. You can also import your current Minecraft skin to Mine-imator so your avatar could star in your animations!! To top it off, if you build a house or anything in Minecraft, you can use MCEdit to Export it and import it to Mine-imator as a scenery, allowing you to have your creations be in your Minecraft animations.

The only thing I don't like about Mine-imator is...where do start? Lets dot them down:
1. Bad graphics.
2. Bad shadowing.
3. Can't import scematics over 10kb. (argh!)
4. The lighting...
5. If you have a bad spec computer, expect lots of lag.
6. It's a beta, expect some bugs.
7. The undo can sometimes be buggy.
8. Few range of rendering format.
9. Can't add audio directly to the animation. (This can only be done by video editing softwares such as Windows Movie Maker)

The software is simply good, but by specs it's overshadowed by other profesional animating softwares such as Blender, Maya and Cinema 4D. In fact, if you make an animation directly from Minecraft (eg: CreeperMovie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UMUOPoowug) it has better graphics than Mine-imator, despite being unflexible with camera angles and using multiple MInecraft accounts. But like I said, it's a beta, so there will be some improvements/maintainance. 

Anyway, here's a short Minecraft animation I made using Mine-imator and yes, I did used my 3D car art, scale down.


The official Mine-imator website:
Credit:MCEdit, Mine-imator

Update #2 : 03/30/2015 12:51:50 am3/30/15

Should I remaster the zombie apocalypse video, since Mine-imator 1.0.0 demo 5 is already out?

Update #1 : 04/11/2014 10:15:04 pm4/11/14

Due to the amount of comments received about the downside of Mine-imator, I listed down the cons myself. Thank you all to those who commented about Mine-imator's flaws.

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Is Mine-imator safe? :O
Someone besides me please reply lol! XD
  • Corbs
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 19, 2017, 3:33 pm
Yes! Mine-Imator will work fine and it is safe. Mine-Imator should only be used on 3-4 or up of RAM. Make sure that you're using DirectX. This can be used on Mac or Linux, please look up more information online on how to do that. I have manage to use it Linux before.

Do NOT run Mine-Imator from another drive, make sure it is running on the main drive.
  • Enity126YT
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • January 11, 2017, 10:58 pm
Pssh. Mine-imator is totally worth it for beginners. You can find people using the free version of Mine-imator, doing animations and it looks totally awesome.
  • Benginald
  • Level 21
  • Expert Network
  • March 29, 2015, 6:08 am
I've tried Eye Rig in Mine-Imator and it was Great!, and my version is 10.0 DEMO 5
  • EnderWiz
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Ninja
  • March 29, 2015, 8:50 pm
  • Benginald
  • Level 21
  • Expert Network
  • March 30, 2015, 5:10 am
  • Fazade
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Artist
  • April 12, 2014, 7:33 am
If you switch to a professional program, go for either C4D or Maya. Don't ever use Blender, that's still nearly as noob as Mine-imator.
  • Jiloacom
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • April 12, 2014, 3:31 pm
Well, considering C4D and Maya cost alot of money, and Blender and Mine-imator are free, I think I would rather sacrifice a bit of quality instead of alot of money.
  • EnderWiz
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Ninja
  • April 12, 2014, 9:07 pm
This is like choosing between 720p and 1080p quality for your film! Well, maybe Mine-imator and Blender is more 360p.
  • Kilicil
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • March 6, 2016, 7:49 am
Wrong! You can get 1080p in Mine-Imator now.
  • irritatedCat
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Network
  • April 12, 2014, 6:21 am
Thank you!
Mineimator: Easy animations, however, you have to take the good with the bad. The animations themselves are not the highest quality, requiring a steady and patient hand to make sure that your characters are not simply sinking through different objects rather then colliding with them, there is no gravity, it has to be with your own hand, no fluid physics, no shadows, and most characters are simple, with no facial expressions or distinct bodt parts aside from the basic limbs.
Blender: Difficult animations, however, they make good quality animations. Not entirely sure on fluid physics or gravity, however, I know for a fact shadows, and distinct body parts are to be regularly expected.
Blender is mostly for professionals, as they know how to use all features, whereas a blender noob like me can't figure out 3/4 of the buttons and lines and stuff. Blender is worth it if you have time to learn, however for an amateur like me, mineimator is a good start.
What other stuff does this program need? Or can you just download it and run it.
  • EnderWiz
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Ninja
  • January 5, 2014, 12:28 pm
You just download it and run it, although it's recommended you
1) Have a Windows PC not a MAC
2) Have an all around good PC (if you can run MCedit and Minecraft then it's fine)
  • OnlyIn5DYT
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 8, 2013, 7:16 am
If you have nothing to criticize then you have clearly never used a professional animation/modeling software. I use Autodesk Maya, and I look down at mine-imator with disgust. Here is what I can say about it.
It's easier, much easier, making it a simple thing for completely inexperienced animators.
It's free

The lighting is terrible
There is no modeling, just preset figures
The movement is not in any way smooth
There is no effects that you can add (Gravity, Collide, etc.)
The list can go on and on

Anyway, Autodesk Maya is also free for students, and has WAY more to offer. It of course is not easy though, it takes some skill and a lot of practice. As with mine-imator, the cap of what you can do (quality wise) is very low, so anybody can use it and get the exact result as someone who knows it inside out.

Blender (It's far better, don't even put it on the same level as mine-imator)
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk 3D Studio Max
Cinema 4D

Some cost more than others, most autodesk programs are free for students. But they are all better and harder and more professional than mine-imator will ever be.
  • EnderWiz
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Ninja
  • June 8, 2013, 11:32 pm
I did try out Blender, but its quite difficult to use and understand it. I manage to create Steve using blender, but because I'm a noob at Blender, I have no idea how to have his hands bend, IDK how to change the surroundings and I have problems with adding multiple textures for seperate objects.

When I tried out Mine-imator, it was easier to use and understand, despite having bad quality compared to pro. softwares like the ones your mentioned. For now, I'm going to stick with Mine-imator.

Thanks for the alternatives though, I really appreciate it and one day, I might try them out.
  • OnlyIn5DYT
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 9, 2013, 6:04 am
Yea you're right about blender controls being hard, I've never used it but I've heard people tell me how much harder they are compared to ever other software.

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