I am looking to purchase either 3DS Max or Maya and am having a hard time finding a feature comparison. I am a compositor looking to get more heavily into 3d. I primarliy want to create 3d photo realistic set extensions and do some character animation. Which is the best product for me? Thanks!
Character animation is Maya's strong side, but you have to make your rigs for animation what is pretty complex sometimes. In 3dsMax you have an optins like character studio(included) or CAT (just great software but you need to buy it separately).
As for photorealistic set extension - I can say that VRAY for 3dsmax is defenitely a very good renderer. If you dont want to have a rendering dapartment with renderman)
conlusion: you have to underastand scale of you 3d work. maya - for big projects with a lot specialisation.
3dsmax - for mid projects.