.SPA File Extension

A .SPA file is a MikuMikuDance Sphere Mapping File, created by MikuMikuDance.

Open with MikuMikuDance. Available for Windows.

What is a .SPA file?

The file extension .SPA refers to a MikuMikuDance Sphere Mapping File. This type of file is used in the context of MikuMikuDance, which is a program designed for creating dance and rhythm synchronization animations. The .SPA file is essentially a 3D model effects file, which means it is used to enhance the appearance of 3D models within the game, particularly giving them a shiny or glossy look. This effect is often applied to features like hair or clothing on the models.

Although a .SPA file is saved using the .BMP format, which is a common image format, it uses the ".spa" extension to indicate its specific use in MikuMikuDance for sphere mapping. Sphere mapping is a technique used in 3D graphics to create a reflective effect on the surface of models.

To open or use .SPA files, you would typically use the MikuMikuDance software. This is the primary program designed to work with these files, allowing users to apply these shiny effects to their 3D models in the animations they create.

Additionally, it's important to note that while .SPA files are generally created from non-transparent bitmap images, they can also incorporate transparency features similar to those found in .PNG or .TGA files. This means that the shiny effect can have varying levels of transparency, adding to the visual depth and realism of the model's appearance.

If you want to create your own .SPA file, you can start by creating a Bitmap image (.bmp) using any standard graphics editor. Once you have your image, you simply rename the file extension from ".bmp" to ".spa". This renamed file can then be used in MikuMikuDance to add special effects to your 3D models.


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