Render 3D

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Simple script for rendering in 3D (Anaglyph / Polarized / Stereo Pair)

• Supports ColorCode 3-D (Amber/Blue), Red/Cyan, Green/Magenta, Polarized, Stereo Pair, and separate Left / Right

NEW Choose from various Anaglyph Methods (Color, Half Color, Optimized, and Gray)

NEW Super fast compositing process

• Animated Output (Image sequence)

• See "Info" for general instruction

While working on a game that was going to be in 3D, the studio was doing a lot of research on various stereoscopic 3D methods. We were dependent on programmers to tweak values in engine every time we wanted to test new settings (both camera and color). I created this tool to put the power back in the artists hands.


Intended for rapid testing, the output images could easily be compared side-by-side to help us choose the best 3D settings for our game. In my research I discovered there is a large subculture of people who are WAY into anaglyph imagery, so I thought I'd release this to the public to benefit all the anaglyphers out there.


Special thanks to the folks at CGTalk for reviving this project through their interest and feedback.

Additional Info: 

*******IMPORTANT:  NEW Installation steps for v1.5 and up ******
If you are UPGRADING from an older version:   go to MAXROOT\ui\macroscripts\  then DELETE "Render3D.mcr" and "Render3D.mse"
• Download & unzip/unrar to MAXROOT\scripts\startup\ **MUST INSTALL HERE**
• In Max: Customize > Customize UI > Toolbars (under "TheDOUR" category) > drag to a toolbar to create a button
• Pick Target Camera, adjust settings, choose output location and settings; render
• The result is a composited stereoscopic image using the chosen anaglyph
• You may want to invest in some 3D glasses Cool

New in version 1.5.1:      *Please note the new installation info above*
• Anaglyph METHODS!   (Color, Half Color, Optimized, and Gray)
• Removed 'Saturation' settings in favor of new Anaglyph 'Method' controls *see above*
SUPER FAST new compositing process (written for v2.0 but you are getting it early!) 
• Fixed error with interaxial/convergence distance when compositing anaglyphs (All v1.5 Anaglyphs will be wrong... sorry Embarassed)

previous fixes:
• Fixed render aspect ratio not being reset when rendering a sequence
• Fixed bug where some renders were turning out all black
• Added new 'Type' option: LEFT / RIGHT (saves images separately)
• Fixed error "b in undefined" in 3ds Max 9
• Fixed various 3ds Max 9 compatability issues
• Fixed render width not being reset after rendering Stereo Pair
• Fixed error with animation not resetting camera position
• Fixed Green/Magenta being reversed  **thanks to dmd78
• Fixed error that occurred on first use (when no camera selected)
• Added support for Vray cameras
• Added type: Polarized
• Lowered numeric value minimums for camera settings
• Added support for 3ds Max 9 - 2011 (and you may get lucky on older versions too)


• Animated sequences using Stereo or Green Magenta can cause left image zoom to be thrown off.  (fixed with v1.4.5)
• Legacy "composite" features (Max 9 & 2008) are causing a few pixels on the right side of images to not be composited (only from right image) (fixed with v1.4.6)

TO DO List:

• v2.0 coming... this Fall ...sometime

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 9 (or higher)
Other Software Required: 
.Net Framework 2.0 (or higher)
render3d_v1.4.6.zip21.94 KB
render3d_v1.5.1.rar31.63 KB
render3d_v1.5.1.zip32.03 KB


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hockley91's picture

Can only get "target camera's" to work

I am using 3DS Max Design 2011 and the only camera's I can utilize are target cameras. "Free" cameras cannot be selected. At least this is my experience right now with the plugin.

montenegro's picture

3D POLARIZED samsung 3d


I have a samsung led tv series 8000 40-inch 3D and want to test this script on it and i have to use polarized 3d! Can someone help me?

longerlife's picture

So close to perfect!!

Oh if only the script paid attention to the camera's rotation this would be perfect!!

Please can version 2 orientate to the camera so that I can have angled shots without having to rotate the entire world....

Thanks for the efforts!

dmd78's picture

Optimized issues

Hi, dour. Perhaps it is user error, but I am not getting the optimized anaglyph results I am expecting. They look more like default anaglyph. Still great plug-in, look forward to more and more and more. Thanks.

pifitas's picture

hey thanks andrew, rar file

hey thanks andrew, rar file 31.63kb works fine now! :)
it also still working fine on max design 2010x64
nice job

still waiting for 2.0 ver

thedour's picture

No it doesn't make sense *shrugs*

I tried uploading again, but when I D/L it and try to extract: the DLL screams.
This is the same ZIP found on my personal website (which is not corrupted)
The only thing I've noticed Scriptspot uploader does for sure is convert the case to lower.   I had thought that may *possibly* be playing into it, so I created a new lowercase named ZIP and got the same results once uploaded.

Very odd indeed, especially because this is not happing to another one of my DLLs found on Scriptspot.

-- I don't mean to defame Scriptspot in anyway.   Let me know what you find Chris.

Admin's picture

That doesn't make any sense.

That doesn't make any sense. There's nothing on the server that would decompress a ZIP but leave a RAR file intact. What if you try again? Maybe there was some bizarre net glitch that happened simultaneously...

Christopher Grant

thedour's picture

ScriptSpot corrupting DLLs in zip files!

So apparently ScriptSpots file upload corrupts DLLs that are contained within ZIP files. (very odd and bad thing to have happen) I've now uploaded a RAR instead (which seems to not be messed up by the upload) Thanks for bringing this to my attention pifitas

pifitas's picture

Previous versions where

Previous versions where working ok on max design 2010, so hope it can be easily fixed.
btw can you reupload rar file please, it's corrupted.

thedour's picture

Not designed for 3ds Max Design (at least not intentionally)

@pifitas - I've not created this with 3ds Max DESIGN in mind.  I don't have access to this version either, but if I can download a trial I may look into it for you. 

I will try to help if I can, but again it was never my intent to support DESIGN versions of 3ds Max. *Hopefully it can be an easy fix*

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