MetaHarper Show Tools 6.1.20 Stable (New 2021!) Version 6.1.24 (Feb 8, 2021)

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NOTE: SUMMER 2019:' has been updated to reflect the current 6.x release.

Major new functionality changes in all aspects of the show tools suite. MST has been heavily optimized to perform well in high crowd, high potential lag environments. Additionally setup steps have been streamlined and many new features added in every component, including the ability to operate with a seperate HUD product for people who prefer HUD-based usage.


MetaHarper Show Tools is a complete, collaborative system for managing SL performances. If you need to rez and de-rez props safely and accurately, move objects and avatars smoothly, script camera zooms and pans, choreograph animations and special effects with real time precision, then you have come to the right place.

I created this set of tools to promote the performing arts and creative exhibitions within SL and attempt to enable truly collaborative work, where a group of cooperating individuals can work on the same objects at the same time. Normally in-world creation tools are difficult to share with people other than the owner, but this tool suite attempts to break these barriers.

These tools have been used for years to run weekly multimedia shows across the grid, large annual acclaimed performances, and as part of exhibits in the Linden Endowment for the Arts regions.

The MetaHarper Show Tools package contains a number of modular components that can be used individually or together, as you wish. The full online documentation of how to use them can be found at and you may wish to take a look there first.

These tools are powerful, and require some careful reading and/or experimentation to take greatest advantage. The target audience for these tools are individuals or groups with some moderate technical ability, attempting to reliably automate sequences of events (camera actions, avatar movements, object rezzing, object movements, avatar animations, etc).

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  • Rezzing optimized for live performances
  • Camera Control and Machinema
  • Group Animation and Movement Choreography
  • Automation of stage FX and avatar outfit changes
  • Collaborative Design

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Indispensible and very very exciting

Posted July 21, 2015 by chryblnd Scribe 5 stars

I produce immersive entertainment that relies heavily on these tools to provide the cutting edge of virtual entertainment. Arrehn's drive to explore what is possible on the Second Life platform is only matched by his benevolence. I have watched people at all skill levels learn to create dynamic and jaw-dropping live dance routines using these devices, you can do it, and there is potential for so much more than dance, too!

In SL we have the opportunity to create to the outer limits of imagination, take up this generous offer and begin making your own dazzling entertainment!

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If you perform in Second Life, you want this.

Posted July 17, 2015 by Gloriana Maertens 5 stars

I can’t imagine performing in Second Life without these tools. Their utility and flexibility, the unique features such as the camera controls and rez-on-demand - these have taken my acts to the next level and given me the freedom to get what I see in my head onto the stage. And they work and play well with other popular tools - you can use all of its features, or only the ones you need. Five stars, and I would give it ten if I could!

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