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3D animation and simulation features

View 3ds Max® Design videos and see how to bring your worlds to life with the help of the sophisticated 3D animation and 3D simulation toolset in 3ds Max Design software. Create intelligent, believable characters, convincing crowd animations, and high-quality dynamic and lighting simulations 

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3D animation & simulation

  • New

    Dual Quaternion skinning**

    Create better skinned characters in less time.

  • New

    Populate enhancements

    Create more convincing crowds. (video: 1:40 min.)

  • Populate crowd generation

    Generate crowds in a variety of settings. (video: 1:10 min.)

  • Exposure lighting simulation and analysis

    Simulate and analyze sun, sky, and artificial light. (video: 8:14 min.)

  • General animation tools

    Animate with keyframe and procedural tools.

  • Dynamics, effects, and simulation

    Add realistic dynamic simulations to your scene. (video: 2:06 min.)

**This feature is exclusively available as part of the 3ds Max Design 2015 Extension 2 release to customers on active Autodesk® Maintenance Subscription. Extension 2 for 3ds Max Design 2015 is expected to be available on or after December 17, 2014.