In this set of tutorials, we will learn how to use the animation tools of 3ds Max. We'll start by learning how to set up our animation preferences and create keyframes. From there, we'll learn how to edit animation from 3ds Max's Track Bar and Curve Editor. We'll learn how to animate objects along a path, how to work non-destructively with animation layers, how to animate with the constraints, plus we'll learn how to transfer animation between characters. We'll even have a look at Populate: 3ds Max's intuitive crowd tool. By the end of this training, you'll have the understanding you need to animate comfortably inside of 3ds Max. Software required: Autodesk 3ds Max 2015.
What is 3ds Max?
Autodesk 3ds Max is a program for making 3D animations, models, games, and images. 3ds Max has a flexible set of tools for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering, giving you full artistic control.
What types of professions use 3ds Max?
Some of the types of work that would find 3ds Max most useful would be:
Game Developers - for making worlds and character models for their games
Architects/Civil Engineers - for creating photorealistic renderings of buildings and objects
VFX Specialists - for creating stunning a realistic 3d animations
What will I learn in this course?
This 3ds Max tutorial will introduce you to the principles and techniques in 3ds Max animation, including:
3ds Max's time configuration panel
Setting keyframes in 3ds Max
Animation layers and transform keys
Adding moving holds in 3ds Max
Animating a seamless cycle
Animating objects along a path
Are there prerequisites to this course?
Nope! There are no strict prerequisites to this course, though some familiarity with 3ds Max software will likely make things go faster for you.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who wants to learn 3ds Max animation skills. It is intended for beginners, but even seasoned 3d animators should find the concepts and examples quite useful.
Is 3ds Max Free?
No. The full version of Autodesk's 3ds Max is not free, but there are some free trial versions that you can test before purchasing.
Delano works avidly as an animation author at Pluralsight. Starting his career at animation studios like Shilo, Delano has developed a strong passion for his talents. His animation and rigging background help him teach and create some of the most-watched training on Pluralsight.