Review: Learning 3DS Max 2012
New training from Infinite Skills teaches you the tools you will need to become proficient in Max 2012
Title: Learning 3DS Max 2012 training DVD
Publisher: Infinite Skills
15 hours of video training for beginner to intermediate 3ds Max users, by Brian Mennenoh.
- Mac OS: 10.2 or higher
- Windows 7/Vista/2000
- DVD ROM drive
- 1024 * 768 monitor
Moving from one application to another or taking your first steps in 3D can be a daunting and confusing experience and trying to understand the jargon, as well as navigate unfamiliar user interfaces is a challenge.
This has led to the inevitable plethora of books, courses and training videos all claiming to offer a quick route to becoming an expert in your chosen software.
Unfortunately most of the time this just isn’t true, or at least isn’t without some prior experience or knowledge to get you started. However, what ths DVD offers genuinely does teach you the tools you will need to become proficient in Max 2012.
It starts you off gently, introducing you to the interface and tool names with enough detail to make it useful but not so much that it is hard to retain what you are learning.
The course starts simply, with basic modelling and introduction to workflow and organising your files. This aspect of 3D work is often left uncovered but really is important to forming useful habits for real world working.
As you progress through the course Brian introduces new tools and delves into various aspects of the software, delivering succinctly and understandably. He has an informative style of teaching, without overwhelming.
The course is presented in a nice clean interafce, with a custom video player, allowing easy navigation. Structurally the videos build upon each other and by the time you have finished you will have a sound understaning of modelling objects, texturing them, rigging and animating them. On top of this you will learn how to set up particle systems and understand more about lights and cameras, even learniing to match a background plate.
This kind of information could easily be (and often is) a separate product in it’s own right and it is refreshing to see such a range of topics all under one roof.
Buying training from various sources is fine but a course like this relates each topic to the others, reinforcing what you have already learned and showing how that knowledge can be used for practical projects.
Also included is a disc with all the scene files and assets, enabling you to jump in at any point and pick up the course from that subject onward. Great if you are a confident modeller buy want to follow along with texturing for example.
To sum up this is a good value course, which is well constructed and presented. At under sixty five pounds you can’t argue with the price, which gives you access to the DVD and an instant digital download.
on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 3:33 pm under Reviews, Training.
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Tags: 3D training, 3ds Max, 3ds max 2012, Autodesk, Infinite skills