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IMVU Studio Learning Session 1: The Basics

IMVU Studio is our next generation creator tool, currently in development. It serves as the foundation for new features and optimizations on IMVU Desktop and Mobile, allowing Creators to take their products to a whole new level.

What You’ll Learn

In this recorded Learning Session, we’ll show you the basics of IMVU Studio and how it works.*

  • Part 1: Creator @Angelskiss2007 will demo a walkthrough of IMVU Studio (which you can download here) and show you how to upload your files in IMVU Studio.
  • Part 2: @TaunTaunTonic, head of the IMVU Studio product team, will show you cool new IMVU Studio features like dynamic shine, and share upcoming features that are soon to be released!
  • Part 3: @Angelskiss, @TaunTaunTonic and IMVU’s Digital Artist @Drosselmeyer will answer questions from Creators attending the Learning Session.

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Questions & Answers

(Verbal answers are recorded in the video)

Q: Will IMVU Studio be easier to use than Classic (Client)?
A: We are making all of the features of the Classic (Client) available in Studio and with an improved UI.

Q: Will multiple windows be back soon or ever?
A: I think you’ll be happy with the new features we will be showing towards the end of the webinar. 😉

Q: Will a tutorial be shown on how to make clothes?
A: We are working on updating all of our tutorials on the Creator Education Center including the basics of making clothes. You can find our current tutorials here (see Tutorials section)

Q: Can u recreate ur previous products using IMVU Studio?
A: Yes. You can edit any of your published products and also import chkn files from previous projects

Q: Can we put a pid (product id) in the “Search Derivable Product” field or do we have to search by item name only?
A: When deriving you can search by both PID and product name. You can click PID to paste a PID specifically in the derivable shop search bar. 🙂

Q: Will there be a session where we learn how to edit?
Editing will be covered in later sessions. You can also find tutorials on how to edit here (see Tutorials section)

Q: How do we use IMVU Studio to make avatars?
A: That would be a great topic for a later session, but a bit much for what we have planned to cover today.

Q: Will there be IMVU Studio videos on learning how to be a better developer without having to go to YouTube?
A: Yes! That is actually a big part of what I am working on currently. It is a very big task and it will take a while to get to everything but we are going to provide new video and written tutorials

Q: Can you import fbx meshes?
A: Yes, FBX is fully supported.

Q: As far as meshes are concerned, we will be using solely fbx files? or will be able to use the old exporters?
A: Yes, IMVU Studio still supports the old Cal3d file formats if you still use them (xmf, xaf, etc…)

Q: This subject of the mesh also interests me. I have added fbx for testing, the others have not yet
A: Glad to hear your interested!

Q: How do you make the clothing fit all sizes?
A: This is BIG topic. I think this would be a great topic for another learning session.

Q: Is importing an fbx the same as importing an xmf? Because I know that in the old create tool it’s done totally differently
A: These import are different. Studio does support importing Cal3d files, but we recommend using FBX

Q: I was doing everything (in Classic (Client)), when I was with the VIP, I loved it, but the error (bugs) in the other version (IMVU Studio)…
A: We are focusing on stabilizing and hardening Studio.

Q: Will using the alpha test slider, show on IMVU Classic? When will that session happen?
A: Nope. The ‘Threshold’ slider is a Studio only feature.

Q: The basic room that our avi goes into in create is too bright as I have eye sensitivity to light. Can we change the background color in the room to black?
A: Yes, just as you can change your outfit in your inventory panel, you can also load any room as your background.

Q: Would the new normal and shine map ever be seen on the original IMVU Classic (Client)?
A: Nope. These are features that are only available in the new rendering engine. The IMVU Classic (Client) rendering engine was not designed to support advanced rendering methods

Q: How do we get to this create mode from the IMVU Classic (Client)?
A: Studio is a standalone app that is downloadable from here: https://https://create.imvu.com/article-topics/getting-started/

Q: When you add particles to an item, are you changing the mesh for the item you’re deriving?
A: No. Particles are an added component to the product

Q: What are the backward compatibility issues? Can old particle products work in the new desktop
A: Old particle products will work in the new desktop

Q: Will the new Next Desktop support the old products not made in IMVU Studio?
A: Yes.

Q: Are these tutorials available on a YouTube page?
A: Right now tutorials are on our Creator Education Center page and videos are on our YouTube channel

Q: I understand that we can’t use blending with shine map together?
A: Yes. You can use blending and shine together.

Q: Can we add an actor in the IMVU Studio when we need it for shooting pics for poses?
A: It is not currently available. This is a feature we are planning to add.

Q: Will the actors still be available in creating mode? And if yes, how will we add them?
A: Yes! Additional actors for testing is on our roadmap and you should see that in a later release.

Q: Is there any plan to make mesh directly on IMVU Studio?
A: Nope. There are a lot of great apps out there that do this really well!

*This Learning Session took place April 23, 2021, and the information shared is specific to this time period.

Updated on July 21, 2023

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