Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max
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1. Main Features

  • Populate crowds of characters with realistic behavior
  • Use rigging tools to animate your characters in a lifelike manner
  • Create strand-derived effects like grass and hair
  • Generate sophisticated particle effects
  • Navigate through complex scene data utilizing Scene Explorer

2. Software Overview

Autodesk 3ds Max is a 3D graphics modeling program used for modeling, animation, simulation, and rendering of 3D graphics. It is most commonly used to create 3D models for video games, but is also used in film and for motion graphics.

3ds Max provides you with an extensive selection of tools for creating 3D models. It offers many methods of developing creative textures including tiling, rotation, blur, UV stretching, and relaxation. It also has features to auto populate crowds of characters that behave realistically.

There are also many tools you can use to create sophisticated animations in 3ds Max. Character Studio lets you customize the way your biped characters will move by adjusting the settings of the skeleton. 3ds Max also has an integrated cloth simulation engine that handles the behavior of fabric in your scene.

Autodesk 3ds Max is a powerful 3D modeling program that is suitable for a wide range of projects. Along with Maya (also by Autodesk), it is the industry standard for 3D modeling software. If you are interested in the 3D design industry you can't go wrong with 3ds Max.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.MAX - 3ds Max Scene File
Other file extensions used by Autodesk 3ds Max:
# File Extension Name
1 .3DS 3D Studio Scene
2 .ACT Genesis3D Actor File
3 .ASC Autodesk ASCII Export File
4 .ASE Autodesk ASCII Scene Export File
5 .BIP Character Studio Biped File
6 .BVH Biovision Hierarchy Animation File
7 .CAL 3ds Max Pose Adjustment File
8 .CGR Quest3D Channel Group File
9 .CHR 3ds Max Characters File
10 .CPY 3ds Max Copy Track File
11 .CR2 Poser Character Rigging File
12 .CSM Character Studio Marker File
13 .CUI Autodesk Custom Workspace File
14 .DAE Digital Asset Exchange File
15 .DLO 3ds Max Plug-in
16 .DLR finalRender Plugin
17 .DLU 3ds Max Utility Plug-in File
18 .DRF VIZ Render File
19 .FACEFX FaceFX Actor File
20 .FBX Autodesk FBX Interchange File
21 .FF7CCMODEL Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Model
22 .FIG 3ds Max Figure File
23 .FLT OpenFlight Scene Description File
24 .FLX FLIC Animation
25 .FXA OC3 Entertainment FaceFX Actor File
26 .IFL 3ds Max Image File List
27 .IFP GTA Animation File
28 .KBD 3ds Max Keyboard Shortcuts File
29 .LTL Luminaire Data File
30 .M3 Blizzard MDX3 Model File
31 .M3G Mobile 3D Graphics Program
32 .MAT V-Ray Materials File
33 .MAT 3ds Max Materials File
34 .MAX 3ds Max Scene File
35 .MAXC 3ds Max Container File
36 .MCR 3ds Max Macroscript File
37 .MD5ANIM id Tech 4 Model Animation File
38 .MD5CAMERA id Tech 4 Model Camera File
39 .MD5MESH id Tech 4 3D Mesh File
40 .MDD Point Oven Deformation Data File
41 .MIX 3ds Max Motion Mixer File
42 .MNM Character Studio Marker Name File
43 .MNU AutoCAD Interface Layout File
44 .MS 3ds Max Script File
45 .MSE 3ds Max Encrypted MAXScript File
46 .MZP MAXScript Zip Package
47 .OBJ Wavefront 3D Object File
48 .PHY 3ds Max Physique File
49 .RPF Rich Pixel Format File
50 .RPS 3ds Max Render Preset Settings
51 .SBSAR Substance Archive
52 .SHP Shapes File
53 .SPT SpeedTree Tree Data File
54 .UVW UVW Coordinates File
55 .XAF 3ds Max XML Animation File
56 .XMM 3ds Max XML Animation Map File
57 .YDR Grand Theft Auto V 3D Model
58 .ZT Mental Ray Image Depth File

Updated: April 21, 2019

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