Chapter 12. Understanding Animation

Perhaps the most interesting and fun part of using 3ds Max is creating an animated presentation of your design. Animation can bring your designs to life by adding motion or change over time.

Time is the key ingredient to animation. This may sound a bit simplistic, but it will become clear as you work through the tutorials in this chapter that you need to pay close attention to the interaction of objects in your model through time. As you gain more experience animating your work, you'll start to develop an almost intuitive sense of what I call the spacetime of your model—the timed period of each animated segment you create. You'll become intimately familiar with this concept as you move and adjust the elements ...

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