Artist Guide to Motion Graphics in 3ds Max

In collaboration with Autodesk, Digital-Tutors is excited to teach you about some of the powerful tools found in 3ds Max, and explaining how these tools can be incorporated into a motion graphics project. Software required: 3ds Max 2013, After Effects CS6.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 30, 2013
Duration
3h 37m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 30, 2013
Duration
3h 37m
Description

In collaboration with Autodesk, Digital-Tutors is excited to teach you about some of the powerful tools found in 3ds Max, and explaining how these tools can be incorporated into a motion graphics project. We will start by looking at storyboards and animatics of the final project. From there, we will learn how to set up lights and materials for our scene inside of 3ds Max, we will learn how to use particles to create dynamic effects such as sparks for our project, and we will spend several lessons discussing the new State Set feature, which is a powerful new system for creating and managing your render passes within 3ds Max. We will also learn how this State Set tool allows for the seamless transfer of rendered passes, 3D cameras, lights, and helper objects from 3ds Max directly into After Effects. From here, we will learn how to use helper objects from 3ds Max to quickly create 3D layers in After Effects, use 3D nulls to drive 2D effects like lens flares and glows, and learn how Maxscripting and expressions can be used to create highly-customized, procedural animation effects within 3ds Max. Software required: 3ds Max 2013, After Effects CS6.

About the author
About the author

Kyle was one of the first authors for Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) and has been a part of the team for over 10 years. Kyle began his career in computer graphics education as a college instructor and worked as a Digital-Tutors rendering tutor and curriculum manager since 2002.

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Chris is a VFX author at Pluralsight. Along with creating and recording training, he also manages the support team and works closely with the production development team. He began his career working freelance and quickly realized that he wanted to find a company where he could use his talents to help people succeed in the CG industry.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello and welcome to this special artist guide to motion graphics in 3ds Max, brought to you by Digital Tutors an Autodesk authorized publisher. The team at Digital Tutors has been providing the CG industry with high quality training for over a decade and has been privileged to teach countless artists and professionals from a wide range of companies, as well as teaching faculty and students from top art schools all around the globe. In collaboration with Autodesk, Digital Tutors is very excited to teach you some of the powerful new tools found in 3ds Max and After Effects and explaining how these tools could be incorporated into a motion graphics project. My name's Kyle and I'll be taking you though the first part of this course where we'll learn how to set up lights and materials for our scene inside of 3ds Max. We'll learn how to use particles to create dynamic effects like sparks for our project. And we'll spend several lessons discussing the new State Set feature, which is a powerful new system for creating and managing your render passes inside of 3ds Max. We'll also learn how the State Set tool allows for the seamless transfer of rendered passes, 3D cameras, lights and helper objects from 3ds Max, directly into After Effects. So from here, Chris our VFX instructor will show you how all of this data from 3ds Max can be used inside of After Effects. We'll learn how to use helper objects from 3ds Max to quickly create 3D layers in After Effects. We use 3D nodes to drive 2D effects like lens flares and glows. And we'll learn how MAXscript and Expressions can be used to quickly create some really customized procedural animation effects inside of 3ds Max. So our goal with this training is to give you a little bit of an overview of some of the tools and techniques that went into the creation of this motion graphics project. But really more importantly, our goal is to help you see where these tools and these workflows can be incorporated into your own daily work. So if you'd like to see more training for 3ds Max or other Autodesk products, you could visit us online at digitaltutors. com, where you can instantly access thousands of training videos for the most popular CG and VFX software.