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Stuart Samuels
Best basic introduction tutorial
on Nov 15, 2010 at 2:38:07 pm


Could anyone point me in the right direction for the best tutorial video/series of videos for learning the basics of 3ds Max please?

I know my way around after effects and want to start incorporating 3d models into my work.

Anything on file types and basic rendering (for importing into After Effects) would also be extremely helpful!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Best basic introduction tutorial
on Nov 16, 2010 at 1:19:52 pm

Stuart -

Probably the best place to start is on the Autodesk site, which has all the various scene files and tutorial files available:



Another good place to look is:


These should get you rolling. Depending on what you want to do, and what level of control you want after you get your files into After Effects will determine which formats to output. Read up on RLA and RPF formats in the AE help files, and you'll see that you can bring in files that give you control over camera, z-space, textures, and lots of other things. If you know what you're bringing in, and don't need that level of compositing control, you can output a Quicktime Animation with millions of colors plus (if you need an alpha channel), or I've had good luck with Quicktime Motion JPEGs at 60fps (I was working with interlaced video at the time).

I strongly suggest that you buy one of the Trish and Chris Meyer AE books:


There's a lot of material on working with 3D within AE. Have fun! It's a steep learning curve, but well worth the effort.

Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia

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Stuart Samuels
Re: Best basic introduction tutorial
on Nov 16, 2010 at 2:30:10 pm

Thanks so much, thats great!

Ill have a look at everything you recommended.


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