[Bf-education] Migrating from 3D Studio Max to Blender, at what cost?

darthmikael darthmikael at gmail.com
Sat Aug 2 03:22:08 CEST 2008

I'm answering your first question.
I have used 3D studio since release 4 in MSDOS until the last release. So I
have like 13 or 14 years using 3D Studio.
Blender always caught my attention because it's a very powerful modeling
program but I never used until Autodesk had several internal changes that
lead me to search another 3d application
*I learned Blender in a week*. Blender is now into my workflow and i'm very
satisfied because it have a lots of tutorials and the book for introduction
to blender helped a lot.
Surely all my background doing 3D animation helped, but blender was very
easy to learn
Still i need some help and references, but by now I have a pair of months
using blender and all my work can be done even in windows or linux. (in
fact, blender run better in linux 64 than Vista64, like 20-30% faster in the
simulation and render)
The only thing we "need" is mental ray, but we can work with yafray anyway.
I encorage you to start using blender, you won't regret
Hope this helps!

Miguel Salinas
darthmikael at gmail.com

On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 1:19 PM, Timothy Parez <timothyparez at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> Currently our designers are using 3D studio max to create and render high
> profile content.
> Because of 3D studio max's closed nature we cannot optimize our rendering
> process enough
> which results in unhappy customers.
> If we had the ability to render on multiple machines, preferably Linux, we
> could change this
> so we are currently investigating a possible migration to Blender.
> Can someone answer the following questions for us:
>  - How steep is the learning curve coming from 3D studio max and going to
> Blender
>  - The designers design buildings and environments, is Blender usable for
> this type of scenario
>  - Can we automate the rendering process... ie are there command line tools
> to render in batch
>  - Why would you advice to use Blender and why would you advise against it
> Thank you
> Timothy.
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