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The course covers Autodesk 3DS Max from the ground up, providing a thorough overview of this advanced 3D graphics and modeling package. Author Aaron F. Ross covers the 3ds Max interface and walks through common tasks such as modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, and rendering. The course is centered around real-world projects that provide designers practical examples to use with the lessons.
3ds Max has a very helpful window called the Schematic View, which lets you visualize the structure of your hierarchy and also make or break links in a node-based editor. The Schematic View can be opened in a couple of different ways; one would be from Graph Editors > New Schematic View, or from the main toolbar, there's a button that says Schematic View (Open), I'll click on that. And what I see here are two windows; I've got this little child window here called Display.
I can use this to visualize other types of relationships beside from parent/child links. Right now I don't need that so I'll close it. The main window is showing me parent/child links, and I can navigate in that window using the keyboard shortcuts, the middle-mouse button, Ctrl+Alt+Middle mouse to zoom in or the mouse wheel. The root, or the first parent, is shown at the top here and each of children is shown below it. If I need to make or break links, I can do that within the Schematic View as well, and you'll see I've got a Select and Link button here that's labeled Connect, and I've also got an Unlink button.
If I want to unlink everything, I can just select it all and then click on Unlink. And then to link things back up again, I'll choose the link tool, Connect. I'll link the Turntable to the Base, the Shoulder to the Turntable, Elbow to the Shoulder, Wrist to the Elbow, and these two I can select the left and right Claws and then link them to the Wrist. The Schematic View is very helpful for you, because you can, again, visualize the structure of the hierarchy.
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