3ds Max | Tutorials

Dynamics Setup

This is a technical demonstration of the dynamic system used in our 3D Max based shows.

Get list of all subfolders

-- How to get list of all sub folders in special path --

function GetAllSubDirs_fn MyDirectory =
temp = #();
s = 1;
folders = getDirectories (MyDirectory + "/*");
t = folders.count;
while s < t do
for i = s to t do (temp = getDirectories (folders[i]+"*");
for j = 1 to temp.count do folders[folders.count+1] = temp[j] );
s = t;
t = folders.count;
sort folders
return folders;
-- call the function whit a folder path --


New Maxscript Tutorial Series - Beginner to Intermediate by Kevin Harper.

Hey Scrip Spot.

I created a tutorial series for Max Script for 3ds max artists that starts at the very begging. I wanted people with no knowledge of programming to be able to write tools for max.

Here it is. Enjoy! http://angryarray.servegame.com/

How to quickly create a Car Rig using XrayCat Survival Toolkit 1.0

We'll demonstrate an easier and intuitive way to associate reactions to the controls of a rig, using only XrayCAT ST instead of Reaction Manager.

Tutorial sections:
- Basic rig structure creation
- States definition using CAT layers and JoyCreator
- Conclusion: animation test of the car rig

Use vertex color as input to Bitmap controller

In this tutorial I used a "Vertex Paint" modifier to paint on the surface and using the colors of the surface in a bitmap controller I modified a parameter of parametric array.
This approach works on 1D array while for 2D array you need to do some extra works to achieve the same effect.

MAXScript tutorials. Procedural Modeling (Spanish)

En estos vídeos, aprenderás a crear un pluging de objeto en 3ds Max, usando la superclase SimpleObject.
Un plugin de objeto define una geometría basada en triángulos, cuya posición, número y orientación, forma un volumen en el espacio 3D. Estos objetos, pueden ser cajas, esferas, o cualquier cosa. En muchos sentidos es similar a las primitivas estándar de 3ds Max, pues el objeto puede variar de tamaño y de número de segmentos.
Estos videos, son parte de las materias de scripting de la Ingeniería en Animación Digital en la Universidad Panamericana en Guadalajara, México.

How to "Relax" while preserving the volume...

It's just a small tip :

We often use the standard "relax tool" or "relax modifier"  that always shrinks the objects...

Maxscript help for 3dsMax 2012 update

I've written about setting up your local maxscript help-file: read it here. Alex Mak has posted a nice addition to this. Read it here on cgTalk. Now it's very easy to make your own, local maxscript help behave exactly the same as the online maxscript help. It automatically feeds the word at the cursor-position into the search field. This is what was missing from my previous solution.

LED style animation with MAXScript

Just illustration of an example approach which can be done and without writing code but there also a few points where using MAXScript can save alot of time.

Ok, this I start just as idea for quick reply into the forum but as I remember LED style animation is popular task in animators colleges and as am not sure if there is a similar tutorial, I made this.

maxscript help for 3dsMax 2012

The maxscript help for 3dsMax 2012 has gone online. By default, 3dsMax doesn't ship with a local help for mascript and for the main program. When pressing the F1 key, your browser opens and finds the help online. This has its advantages and disadvantages. A big disadvantage is that you need an internet-connection, and if you have one, it needs to be fast. For many people this is a reason to download the help-files and use the local version instead.

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