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Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer guide part 1

Konami’s Diorama Studio software is a remarkable program that puts a virtual action figure (based on designs from the Busou Shinki toyline) on your PC. The program is in Japanese but don’t let that put you off trying it.

In previous guides, I showed you how to download and install Diorama Studio, display Japanese text on a non-Japanese edition of Windows XP, create a Konami ID and select and pose a CG model in the Diorama Studio Model Editor.

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to create a simple diorama using the Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer.


This is the main screen of Diorama Studio.

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio first screen

Click on the Diorama Viewer option (circled in red below) in the Main Menu to go to the Diorama Viewer.
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio main menu

You should see this Diorama Viewer screen now:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer main screen

Let’s take a closer look at the options available in the menu for this screen:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer menu

We’re now going to create a new diorama using the model and the pose we saved in the previous guide.

Choosing a background

The first step is to choose a diorama background. Click on the option circled in red below:

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer select background option

You should now see this screen:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer select background

The background list (seen below) currently has seven different 3D diorama backgrounds:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer background list

Click on the simple background (circled in red below):
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer choose simple background

You will now see a preview of the simple background in the background list:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer simple background preview

Now click on the “OK” button to select this diorama background:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer select simple background

Simple background

You should see this screen now:

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer select simple background

The Camera panel (seen below) should be familiar by now but there are two new buttons on it.
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Camera panel

You can use the direction buttons to move the camera around the diorama background. Since the simple background lives up to its name, there’s not much to see.

You may also use the cursor keys on your keyboard to move the camera forward, backward, left and right. Try the Shift+cursor key and Control+cursor key commands to move the camera around.

Pressing Home on the keyboard will return the camera to its original position. The Shift+Home key command temporarily sets a new default position for the camera which you can return to by hitting the Home key. This is useful when you’re experimenting with different camera angles to take that perfect screenshot.

The Lock button locks the virtual camera in position. Clicking on the direction buttons on the Camera panel when the Lock button is active will cause the virtual camera to rotate while staying locked in position.

The Snapshot button takes a screenshot without the panels. Screenshots are saved in the screenshot subfolder of your Busou Shinki installation folder. Individual screenshots taken at the highest resolution and quality are between 50KB to 500KB in size.

Before taking a screenshot, we should configure the screenshot settings. To do this, select the Camera settings option circled in red below:

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Camera settings

The Screenshot settings options (see below) determines the resolution and quality of the screenshots taken with Diorama Studio.
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Camera settings

Once you clicked on a resolution and option, click on the “OK” button to accept your changes or “Cancel” to go back to the previous screen without saving.
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Camera settings OK

Selecting a model

Now that we’ve set up the background, it’s to put a CG model in it. This takes two steps: selecting a model and then selecting a saved pose associated with that model.

To do this, first click on the option circled in red below:

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Model Selection

You should now see this:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Body type

Click on option circled in red to select a body type.

You will now see this screen:

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Body selection

If you haven’t added any Busou Shinki access codes, you should only see one option in the Body list. Click on the option circled in red to select Ninja Fubuki.

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer selecting Ninja Fubuki

You should see this screen as the Ninja Fubuki CG model is previewed:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Ninja Fubuki preview

Click on “OK” to select the Ninja Fubuki CG model.
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer selecting Ninja Fubuki

Selecting a pose

You should now see this screen:

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer selecting a pose

The Model Pose List panel (seen below) lists the standard default poses as well as any custom saved poses of your own.

Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer Model Pose List panel

Select a pose from the Model Pose List panel to see it previewed then click on the OK button to choose it.
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer choosing a pose

You should now see this screen:
Konami Busou Shinki Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer choosing a pose

In second part of the Diorama Studio Diorama Viewer guide, I’ll show you how to position the model in the diorama background and save your diorama.

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