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Special Note: Further 3ds Max 2009 features, such as materials, lighting, cameras, animation, and rendering, will be covered in 3ds Max 2009 Beyond the Basics, coming soon.
- Customizing the 3ds Max interface to improve workflow
- Importing, opening, saving, and exporting files
- Mastering selection techniques and transformation commands
- Understanding coordinate systems and pivot points
- Modeling with Extrude, Lathe, Loft, Boolean, Patch, NURBS, and other functions
- Creating shapes, compound objects, and architectural objects
- Using the 2D and 3D sub-object modeling commands
- Constructing a room and building a video camera
- Working with the Displace, Morpher, TurboSmooth, and Hair and Fur modifiers
Skill Level Beginner
- [Voiceover] Hi, my name is Steve Nelle and welcome to the 3ds Max 2009 Essentials Training. I hope you're ready to have some fun cause you and I are about to go on a whirlwind tour of one of the most widely used 3D animation programs on the planet today. I'm of course referring to 3ds Max. If you're brand new to Max you're in for a real treat. You're going to be absolutely blown away by what it and you can do. Now maybe instead you and Max have already been around the block a few times and you're simply looking to pick up a few new tips and techniques. Well don't worry, we got some pretty cool stuff for you too. You know 3ds Max currently has a user base of over 300,000 people.
And each of them has already come to the same conclusion as you'll soon have. And that's that this little 3D powerhouse is capable of creating pretty much anything. From a blockbuster video game or feature film to an architectural walkthrough or accident recreation. Make no mistake about it 3ds Max can do it all. Now when Lynda.com and I sat down to plot out our plan of attack we had a certain person in mind. We wanted to focus on someone who was thirsty for a rock solid introduction to world of 3D. Someone who was snooping around for important tips and tricks that could be used to improve their workflow.
Someone who wanted to learn practical, real world techniques that they could easily apply to their own projects. Now is that you? Is that the kind of stuff you need? Well if it is I think you're going to find this to be a very helpful title. You see, what I want to do is to teach you want you need to know to take your 3D work to the next level. Now we're going to begin our discussion by learning the lay of the land, getting familiar with Max's interface. What you see on the screen in other words. We'll then dig into how it all works, what you need to know, and what buttons you'll need to push to get this 3D flame thrower turning out the stuff that most can only dream of being able to create.
Please be aware that in one or two of the earlier videos I might demonstrate an important feature in Max without fully explaining the technique or procedure. Don't worry, I promise that any unfamiliar techniques will be explained in detail when we start talking about specific topics. What you might like to do is watch those early videos with an eye towards simply getting an overview of things to come. Then, tune in to the individual topics to learn more about the specifics in detail. Once you're familiar with that it might make sense to maybe go back one more time and watch the software overview demonstrations to make sure everything clicks.
A little later on in the Max 2009 Beyond the Basics title, we'll have a chance to play around with some of the more advanced elements of the software. Stuff like creating special effects, and character animation and compositing. Yeah, we've got all kinds of cool stuff to look forward to, and our journey begins now. So it's great to have you. It's going to be just you and me for the next several hours. Ready to get this hot rod warmed up? We're going to stamp that pedal to the metal and we're going to let 'er rip. What do you say? Let's get going.