(Please note that the tool we are discussing today is a hack. It is for machinima only. When it is released, using it may result in your account being banned. You've been warned.)

Malu05, of Madx Machinima and Nogg-aholic fame, has created a tool that will change World of Warcraft machinima as we know it. Machinimators have previously been stuck using WoW Model and Map Viewers to emulate footage shot in-world, but few have done it well enough to be convincing. When he releases the tool, which is still in alpha testing, those days will be long gone.

The tool will effectively eliminate hours of handcrafting that was required to make a scene by allowing you to do a variety of things through a program that he created. By pressing a series of buttons, sliders, or entering a series of commands, users will be able to adjust almost every aspect of the camera and settings, including animation and time of day. This will allow machinimators to have much more control over their work, as well as encourage those intimidated by the lack of proper camera function to adapt quickly.

While there is no release date yet, Malu05 is inviting participation of the development process in the AutoIt forum. We're crossing our fingers and hoping that this doesn't get nerfed!

[Thanks, #machinima on Quakenet IRC!]

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

Previously on Moviewatch ...

Read about some of the exciting features after the jump ...
  • Zooming
  • Auto-panning
  • Adjustment of speed for player movement and sun
  • Adjustment of speed for panning
  • Death animation
  • Live animation from a list within WoW
  • Spectator mode with the ability to detach your camera and move freely
  • Ability to make preset camera movements and go back to them
  • Avatar size

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.

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