Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

836 votes


The creator of Maxscript (John Wainwright) has made his previously commercial training DVD available for free on Vimeo! It's broken up into easy to watch chunks and even though it's a bit dated it remains one of the best introductions to MAXScript available.

A sincere thanks from the ScriptSpot community to John Wainwright for releasing his incredibly valuable training series for free and to our very own "Garp" for putting in the time to get the video split into sections & uploaded. Thanks!

Call for Python tutorials

866 votes

I've been seeing a lot of discussion about using Python with 3ds Max for quite a while now... I'd love to get some resources up describing Python - 3ds Max integration / workflow / processes. If you've got or would write a beginner tutorial or even an advanced tutorial, please share it with the community!

Some questions to get the ball rolling... What is Python? How does it compare to MAXScript? Why should someone use Python? Is Python best for end users or developers? How do you create a simple "hello world" Python script?

Batch Camera Render

260 votes

This script aims to replace standard 3dsmax's Batch Render and imitates Houdini Output Node workflow. Using it you can specify rendering parameters - frame size, frame number, output path - directly to camera object, so every camera in scene 'knows' what it intended to render. Additional functionality is Lighting Assignment - you can specify which light will be turn on or off for selected camera during the rendering.

1.12 New Feature:

  • Deadline support.
    Very basic imlementation, it allows you to submit your jobs on a deadline server. Enter deadline repository address and check "Use Deadline" checkbox. Other checkbox doesn't matter in this case ("Net render", "Show Submit Dialog").
    Probably it requires Deadline 3ds max Submitter installed. I didn't have a chance to check it on a clean machine.

1.11 Features and fixes:

  • State sets support added
  • "projectname" keyword added which resolves to project's folder name
  • other fixes and improvements

1.10.3b Fixes:

  • Crash when vray ir/lcache maps are set to auto-save
  • Region render was not set properly during the rendering

This is major update of the script, so it may not be as stable as before. Backup scenes or cameras at least before running this version. More information can be found here - 1.10b Multiple presets for each camera

Previous updates:

1.10.2b Fixes:

  • Problems with render elements paths
  • Copy/paste of render region settings
  • Properly convert render region values when change resolution

New features:

  • Multiple presets for each camera
  • New keyword %presetname% to support multiple presets
  • Distributed rendering checkbox added to vray common settings
  • Bugfix - Net render not starting after cancelling during local rendering.
  • Improved performance with scenes with lots of cameras
  • Added support of Vray RT as a production renderer
  • Added support of using MFRender script to render scenes through BatchCamera script.
  • Bugfix - Error was popping up sometimes during drag-n-drop
  • Bugfix - Render elements didn't render in certain conditions
  • Bugfix - Pre-render/post-render scripts didn't work on network rendering
  • Bugfix - Select All and Toggle All buttons didn't work properly

Here are some details:

Modifier Modifier Zorb

272 votes

v 2.9.01: Added Multiply option to ALL modify properties window. Can now multiply existing values by a chosen value

v 2.8.03 Fixed Save preset bug (for plugins like ky_trails)

v 2.8.02 Fixed ini file bug stopping wondow for opening a 2nd time

v 2.8.00 Added Exclude text field for filtering by name. Editing Refrence targets Tab now working!!! This means you can mass edit FumeFX object settings such as speed multipliers and other FumeFX and TP properties that were previously impossible to edit!

Edit ALL modifiers, ALL objects, ALL Materials, All Controllers, ALL Shadow types and ALL atmospherics/Render Effects. Work in max from a "Class-centric" way rather than a per object way. Edit thousands of object's perameters, randomize thousands of seeds, enable thousands of modifiers and more with a few clicks!

General Features (applies to all modifiers, controllers, materails, shadows, atmos and render effects):

MASS EDIT: Mass edit one property on all nodes at once, You can specify an absolute value, a relative value, apply an absolute value to modify, or multiply a value

MASS RANDOMIZE: Randomize one property on all nodes at once

SELECT/DELETE BY CLASS: Select all objects with a meshsmooth, or all spheres or all objects with a path constraint etc

FULL INSTANCE/REFRENCE TOOLS: Make all objects/modifiers of a class or selection instances. Make Base object refrences. replace base objects with another obj (eg make all selected boxes an instance of a vrax proxie.) Available for Modifiers and Base objects only ATM.

LOAD/SAVE PRESETS: Load and save presets in xml format for modifiers, objects, etc.

Specific Features (Can be done to All or selected):

Modifiers: Enable, Disable, Enable in viewport, Disable in viewport.

PointCache Modifiers: Set ranges, Set path, Flush path, Reload, Record.

FumeFX: Simulate, Load settings

Lights: Turn all, selected, selected classes on or off. Multiply all light vlaues.

Xref Object: Merge object

Materials: Show/Hide In Viewport:  Shows the material in the viewport. Doesnt work with texture maps yet.

Bitmap Gamma: Mass edit the bitmap load gamma settings. Choose auto or an overide value. Max 2014+

Spring Controller: Modifyspring controller settings (Needs its own section as springs are controlled differently with maxscript).

Merge Xref Controller:  Merges All/Selected controllers

Project Manager

587 votes

Project Manager - Asset Browser for 3ds Max

  • Easy to organize and use 3ds Max models, materials, textures and lights.
  • Merging models, materials, bitmaps and IES using drag& drop.
  • Store/Create Proxy with materials.
  • Interactive rendering previews for materials and IES photometric files.
  • Show native previews for 3ds Max files, DWG, SketchUp, BIP motion, HDRI & etc.
  • Support to Substance textures
  • Search files by tags and file-names.
  • Power Asset Tracking Management.
  • Support to most used renderers like Vray, Corona, Octane, Mental Ray, Maxwell & etc.

Changes for Project Manager v.2.88.06:


  • Adds an ability to batch export 3d files to Proxy
  • Adds an ability to merge models as SmartRefs
  • Adds an ability to specify a 3ds Max version when save models from scene to library
  • Changes for interface of saving models from scene to library
  • Merge as xRef objects now uses settings from 3ds Max for merging models (such as merge materials, modifiers, tracks and etc. )
  • Fixes a problem with creating a Proxy when both renderers are installed simultaneously - Redshift and Octane
  • Fixes a bug with extremely slow placing objects using the 'Object Place&Paint' tool
  • Now placing on HomeGrid always allowed [Object Place&Paint]
  • Adds an ability to change view of painted models between "Display as Box" and default view (active viewport display mode)
  • Fixes an issue with placing merged objects on scene objects
  • Fixes an issue when user can place a merged objects too far from the origin

Rendering preview

  • Updates default render-presets.
  • Adds default presets to Final Render, Octane, Redshift, Fstorm and Arnold renderers
  • Adds an option "Fit to Dummy" to render setting
  • More accurate fitting of objects to the view when rendering
  • Adds an ability to rendering thumbnails with references
  • Adds an ability to rendering preview for Substance shaders using sbsrender.exe
  • Fixes an issue with rendering preview for models without studio
  • Fixes a bug with crashing the 3Ds Max if studio doesn't contain the 'SceneDummy' object


  • Adds an ability to generate PDF files from items in listview
  • Speed up treeview's navigation
  • Fixes an issues with add/remove custom extensions to display files in "Models" category
  • Fixes an issue with set custom view for rendering previews defined into drop-down "View"
  • Fixes an issues with display the version of 3ds Max for some 3ds Max files
  • Fixes an issue with interactive rendering some IES files
  • Fixes a scaling for BVH files when interactive rendering
  • Supports only to x64-bit system ( same as 3ds Max since 2013 version )

Asset Tracking

  • Fixes some issues with archiving a scene
  • Fixes a minor issue with removing some links from scene ( menu-item "Remove Link From Scene" )
  • Fixes an issue with disabling and removing xRef objects on "Asset Files" tab
  • Fixes a minor issue with renaming asset links


  • Changes for API: The 'PostScriptInfo' is deprecated. For details see a file "BatchRendering Script" in 'presets' directory
  • Fixes a bug in FStorm Render when 3Ds Max crashed on trying to access Bitmap FStorm properties
  • Other some changes and speed improvements

Update History for all versions.

Models 3D Models Browser
Materials Materials Browser
Textures Textures Browser
IES IES Photometric Browser
Asset Files Asset Tracking


78 votes

Object ID and Material ID

  • Management the Material ID and Objects ID.
  • Assigning a wirecolor for objects.
  • Automated creation MultiMatteElement for V-Ray renderer.
  • Automated creation MatteRenderElement for Mental Ray renderer.
  • Automate creation of CMasking_Mask for Corona Renderer.

EffectsChannel v1.50

    Adds ability to render mask for selected objects by materials
    Fixes a issue with placing to Medit the vray materials by effectID.

EffectsChannel v1.55

    Adds ability to assign ID to materials by material type.

EffectsChannel v1.57

    Add support to EffectsChannelEx from Pavel Kuznetsov.
    This plugin allow to work with Material ID Channel in the range from 0 to 255.
    You can download it here Download
    if you not use this plugin the "EffectsChannel" script will be working as previously.

EffectsChannel v1.60

    Adds support to Corona Renderer:
    Automate creation of CMasking_Mask.


105 votes

This is a small script for completely removing all references to missing plugins from your 3ds Max scene. For more details when running the tool, make sure to also read the info printed to the MAXScript listener.

Use with care (!) and do not save the results under the same file name!

The script will replace any missing plugin object with the first usable alternative object of the same class (e.g. a missing render effect will be replaced by the first available render effect). I cannot give any guarantees this will not mess up your data, your machine or your live.

Relink Bitmaps

488 votes


2.10 Changelog:

  • Added support for FStorm Render - Bitmaps/Lights/Proxies, thanks to Nikita Gushchin!
  • Fixed the "$directory not recognized" error
  • [NEW] Option to automatically search the Max scene directory

2.09 Changelog:

  • CoronaBitmap / CoronaProxy / CoronaLight support added (this didn't get added to 2.08 even though I meant it to).
  • Changed the functionality of the read-only browse (because I didn't like how I did it last verison)
  • Fixed the stupid error with the "RemindMe=" bug that users experienced when they pressed "Remind Me in a week"
  • Octane render is still impossible for me to support at the moment, they handled filenames strangely.  Contact them if you want support added, my forum name on their forums is colinsenner.

2.08 Changelog:

  • Corona Render fully supported
  • Browse buttons are Read-only share friendly
  • Attempted to support Octane Render, but the way they are exposing their custom map types like Image_Texture are not in line with any other plugin I’ve seen, if you want Octane support, it’d be best to contact them on their forums or email directly to help me resolve the issue, they were unhelpful when I attempted to contact them to resolve this.  My forum name on Octane forums is colinsenner.

2.07 Changelog:

  • Point Cache files are now supported
  • Fixed ‘directory not recognized: $’ error
  • Long overdue change to the way missing bitmaps are displayed, they are now displayed filename first, as requested by 100s of you.  Sorry this took so long.

Relink Bitmaps is a script to easily relink all missing files (Bitmaps, VRayMeshes, Mental Ray Proxies, VRayHDRI, IES, etc) when they change directories or when you move computers, check out the short video tutorial below for more detailed information.

Unlike some other scripts of its kind, this is free!  There is a small donation link within the script if you choose to donate, I will remove the nag.  It is a simple licensing system, that does not force you to transfer network cards or be connected to the internet and will work with all versions of Max that are supported by the script.  If you choose to donate I'll be more than happy to license multiple computers as well.

HCG Asset Browser PRO

146 votes

Ver 1.2 - Check the New Video

HCG Asset Browser now FREE!

Current version:1.3.2

Cobwebs (Modifier)

18 votes

Updated on April of 2013. There is now a new rewrite of the tool. It now is built as a modifier that supports realtime updating. Check it out on my website at

Now comes with help file.

ATTENTION: Anyone who uses this script feel free to email me your renders at "jokermartini(at)hotmail(dot)com" and I'll put your renders up on my website along with the appropriate credits. Thanks

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