That's right, don't be like me. Don't put all kinds of time creating sets to use for your videos and then just pack them away and maybe never even use them again yourself. I always download my characters but my sets? Well, I'm not so good at that. In fact I recently had to restore a back-up of Moviestorm to my new PC and when I went to look for a set to use in a new movie I couldn't find it. That was because I never saved it to stock. That meant I had to load the old movie and just to save it to stock. I actually have a number of sets that I need to retrieve that way.
Truthfully, one of tasks I find the most painful in the movie-making process is searching for, creating from addon pack content or modding content to make sets. I've recently started exploring other video production engines and one in particular has a community that has been very proactive in sharing their sets. I shudder to think the inventory of sets we'd have if Moviestorm users had employed the same mindset since it's inception.
I'm going to provide 2 methods for sharing a set. For both methods you should take this preliminary step:
From inside Moviestorm take the following steps. In the movie with the set in it go to the Set Workshop window. Click on "Load and Save Stock" and Export this set to stock. Save and exit out of the movie.
Method 1 - Share a set by sharing a movie
- From the Main Screen click on "New Movie" > Empty Movie > and click on the check mark.
- On the next screen scroll down to "My Sets" click on it, and then click the set you want to share, then click on the check mark.
- The movie will launch with your set as the only asset. Save your movie using an appropriate set name. (Add your studio or username if you wish)
- (Optional) Take a screenshot of the set.
- Click on Script Editor> Click on the Share tab at the bottom>Select the "Find the save folder for this movie" option.
- That will launch an explorer window where you can zip the folder and take note of the location for uploading and/or attaching to a post in this thread.
- Save and close the movie.
- Attach the movie to a forum thread or file sharing website.
The user that downloads the shared movie should take the following steps.
- Download the shared movie and unzip it to your "Movies" directory. (Example> C:\Users\username\Moviestorm\Movies)
- Make sure they have all the addons required to use it.
- Launch Moviestorm
- On the launch screen select install a file>Shared Movie>Navigate to the movie you downloaded>Open
- The movie should launch with the share movie.
- Save the set to stock and you'll have it for future use in the "My Sets" view when launching Moviestorm.
I would also suggest when you are using the share option and it displays the sets that are needed you include it in the thread post or copy it into the shared movie folder before zipping. It might also be nice to provide a screenshot or a reference point in any videos you have where the set can be seen. Just think, that way you actually get another way to promote your movie!
I just packaged a movie consisting of nothing but the set by selecting share the movie without the option to include and share the addons needed as well and the size was 103kb. That's clearly small enough to attach to a forum post. I will be sharing it in a follow-up post but I'd suggest you also upload or provide a link to an alternate back-up location as well.
Method #2 - Share just the set from the "Stock" folder
After taking the preliminary step above take these steps:
- Using Explorer Navigate to the "Stock" folder
- Find the folder with the name of the set.
- Zip the set folder and post to a forum or file sharing site.
The user that downloads the set should take the following step.
- Unzip the file into their corresponding "Stock" folder (Usually this location: C:\Users\username\Moviestorm\Stock)
- The movie should now be saved to stock for future use in the "My Sets" view when launching Moviestorm.
If the movie-makers that still frequented these forums could just share one set a week all the Moviestorm children would have a place to call home
Oh yeah, there aren't any children in Moviestorm. Still if you should share them if you've got them.