Synopses & Reviews
Part of the Revealed series, this book covers the latest release of Autodesk?s 3ds max, one of the most popular animation software packages on the market. "3ds Max 8 Revealed" is aimed at the professional animator and instructor as well as educators who use 3D models and environments as teaching tools. There are already a number of schools and training centers that teach 3ds max and many instructors have requested this book. According to VFX World, an online Animation World Network publication, "3D models and environments are being used for education and training in a staggering amount of areas?and universities, corporations, government agencies, and even high schools and some middle schools have programs that used 3D visualization as a teaching tool." Autodesk?s 3ds max is one of the most popular 3D animation packages on the market, second only to Maya in user-base size. The application provides a highly customizable and scalable 3D animation, modeling, and rendering solution for creative professionals and large-scale pipelines. This new version 8 has an added benefit with the inclusion of character studio 4, an advanced character animation option that was previously sold separately as a plug-in. There are currently no other books on 3ds Max 8 on the market. The author is a multimedia professional who both uses and teaches the software. "3ds Max 8 Revealed" provides a thorough, practical introduction to both 3D animation and 3ds Max at a low price and gives the reader a firm foundation of knowledge of the application.
Part of the Revealed series, this book covers the latest release of Autodesk's 3ds max, one of the most popular animation software packages on the market.
Get ready to explore what Autodesk 3ds Max 8 has to offer! Giving you a firm foundation, "Autodesk 3ds Max 8 Revealed" allows you to master animation concepts on both a technical and artistic level. Begin by examining the concept behind each task- the goal and necessary features that are involved. Then go in-depth with the objective of your task as you study examples and learn the steps necessary to complete it. Working your way through comprehensive, step-by-step lessons, you'll develop the confidence you need to create amazing animations using Autodesk 3ds Max 8.
About the Author
Max Dutton is a Discreet certified instructor. He teaches at Briarcliffe College and the Katharine Gibbs Design and Animation Center. He started his career as a graphic artist, but has also worked in animation for many years.
Table of Contents
1: Learning the 3ds max Interface 2: Controlling the ViewPorts and Editing Geometry 3: Modeling 4: Materials 5: Cameras and Lighting 6: Animation 7: Bones 8: Particles 9: Controllers 10: Rendering 11: Rendering Effects 12: MaxScripting Glossary