Machinima, a portmanteau of machine cinema, is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre defined by those techniques. As a production technique, t…he term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) using real-time, interactive (game) 3D engines, as opposed to high-end and complex 3D animation software used by professionals. Engines from first-person shooter and role-playing simulation video games are typically used. Consequently, the rendering can be done in real-time using PCs (either using the computer of the creator or the viewer), rather than with complex 3D engines using huge render farms. As a film genre, the term refers to movies created by the techniques described above. Usually, machinima productions are produced using the tools (demo recording, camera angle, level editor, script editor, etc.) and resources (backgrounds, levels, characters, skins, etc.) available in a game. Machinima is possible in almost any game; some of the most popular are the Halo series and Super Smash Brothers 64/Melee/Brawl. Most Machinimas are found on Youtube.com or Machinima.com. .
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