A quick tip today: If you are familar with using the 'ProMaterials' in 2010, and want to carry on using them in 3ds Max 2011, then you can do so by loading the material library found in the below file locations.
One of the best and most important things about 3ds Max is not a feature or button, but is the great community spirit that surrounds the product we have all invested so much time in. We can all spend time learning online tutorials, but their is certainly nothing better, in my mind, than sharing best practices and techniques face-to-face. (and over a beer......)
Because of this I wanted to highlight a few 3ds Max User Groups that happen. But this is where I also require your help. Do you know of one that I haven't listed? If so, then please email me directly or post a comment listing it below.
I know I'm missing a few from Europe, so please help me promote them, and why not send me an invite to attend the next one. I only cost a pizza....
London: First wednesday of every month. Click here for upto date details. (Twitter: @3dslondon)
Sahlenburg: The TingelTongelTag yearly 'big-one' Click here.
My "End User Event" (EUE) class description is now live. At the EUE I will be teaching the below workflows.... and having a local beer of course.
Title: "SMUT" (Some of Max's Underused Tools)
Description: This class will focus on some of 3ds Max's underused tools, spanning the worlds of Design Visualisation and Media & Entertainment. Using real-world solutions this class will highlight the advantage that 3ds Max toolset brings to production workflows. Learn from Jamie's experience of working with leading European Architectural companies and entertainment companies. Explore the principles of tools and workflows that are under-used in 3ds Max but that can help you become more productive whilst staying creative. This class should help everyone that wants to create compelling work, but has to fight a tight budget. Jamie brings over 14 years of high end experience in various companies and roles. This class promises to be a fast look at a broad range of toolsets and workflows.
Just before we shipped 3ds Max 2012, I was asked by 3dworld to help them out with a '10-minute' (which ended up as 30 minutes) 3ds Max tutorial they needed creating using a sample file from Turbosquid.
This covers many areas of the 2011 release, and as such is a good resource to have a look at. Especially as the original magazine issue includes a section on 31 3ds Max tips and tricks for production from some leading users within the strong community. Topics in these video tutorial's highlight –
1. 3ds Max Composite 2. Viewport Canvas 3. Animation Layers 4. Quicksilver GPU rendering 5. Render Elements 6. OpenEXR file format 7. Project Folder management
Now that the issue of 3dworld (135) has been on sale for a while, nd the agreement has expired, I can finally release the videos and sample files here on my blog. Please use the below links to see what I created in this very fast turnaround. This includes all 3ds Max/Composite scene files as well as video tutorials.
I've just got my hands on the Entertainment Creation Suite box. Like most of you I receive my software via an electronic download and on the subscription centre. For those of you looking at the Entertainment Creation Suites, then the below images might help to convince you of the quality that goes not just into the software interoperability but also into the actual packaging it arrives in.
Here's some hot off the press images that show the Maya 2012 version (and my shadow). I'm sure you will agree that the USB stick looks an impressive piece of hardware. With its rugged spark-eroded finish metal casing, and unique shape it's something I will be keeping on my shelf for many years. (You should also notice that I have tried my hardest not to include any bad jokes into this posting, like..."wow, it looks suite, that's the suite spot, and It will be a suite year", etc. It was struggle not to.)
Now lets have a look at the images. Click on them to enlarge.
Happy Max'ing (or Suite'ing in this case....Sorry, almost made it to the end)
Please be aware that the first Hotfix for 3ds Max (and Design) 2012 has now been released. Please ensure you download and install this update as this resolves a number of important performance and stability related issues.
Our team of experienced 3ds Max channel partners in the UK have shared a selection of tips and tricks. These videos have been produced to answer questions that they regularily receive when visiting users.
The first 3 videos can be seen below. (More to follow tomorrow)
Which 3ds Max related links and Twitter accounts do you regularily follow?
Below is a selection of Twitter accounts, in no order, that I keep an eye on (apologies if I've forgot anyone). You can also view my "Blog Roll" for an up-to-date look at the websites that have helped me out in the past.
Why not add the tweeters or websites you follow in the comments section at the bottom of this page or you can email me directly and I will create a list so that everyone can benefit.