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Mimic Configuration Files (DMC)

Mimic configuration files have the extension .dmc. These files define the phonemes, expressions, and gestures available for your current session. You can use them as either generic Mimic assets with no specific character in mind, or as part of a larger library of configuration files that contain customized phonemes, expressions, and gestures for use with specific characters.

Mimic ships with a few default configuration files. The included default.dmc file is intended for use with the reduced-resolution Victoria 1 figure included with your copy of Mimic. Each default or custom configuration file contains a library of phonemes, expressions, and gestures. You can customize each library's default elements to create customized phonemes, expressions, and gestures. You can modify phonemes already defined by the configuration file using the Timeline and save these customized definitions for phonemes and gestures, and/or new or customized expressions to new configuration files for later use.

Customizing configuration files inside Mimic involves modifying the basic configuration file elements by modifying its stored phonemes and gestures, and/or adding or customizing its stored expressions. Saving these modified files expands your library for future use.

You may need several configuration files in order to complete a project. For example, different people behave and express emotions differently. Also, any one person might behave and emote differently in varying situations. To accommodate this, you might want to develop several configuration files for different characters and even for different moods. When developing storyboards, you should consider which of your available configuration files to use or modify to achieve your desired effect.

Mimic ships with several configuration files, some of which are specific to DAZ figures such as the reduced-resolution Victoria 1 figure included with your Mimic package. Other files are designed for less specific characters. These basic configuration files are simple and address basic speech behaviors. They work with a few of the fundamental shapes involved in forming words. For example, there are a couple of configuration files designed to be used with custom characters. These files are intended to show modelers what types of speech morphs they might want to create for these figures. Mimic also includes the P3Standard.dmc file for use with the standard figures included with MicroSmith Graphics Poser versions 3.0 and higher. Please refer to your Poser documentation for information on applying and using morph targets within Poser.

Accessing Configuration Files

To access the sample configuration files included with your copy of Mimic:

  1. Open the Session Manager by selecting File > Session Manager from the menu.
  2. Click the folder icon to the left of the Configuration File (DMC) field to open a standard Browse dialog box that allows you to browse to the folder containing your desired configuration file. Select the file, then click OK to add the file into the Session Manager.
  3. Click OK in the Session Manager to exit back to the main Mimic workspace.

Saving a New Configuration File

To save a new configuration file, select File > Save Configuration File (DMC) from the menu. A standard Save As dialog box appears, allowing you to select your desired folder and filename.

As mentioned earlier, configuration files contain definitions for: