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Summing Up

In all, 3ds max 7 has added impressive new animation tools. Including character studio as a standard part of the max package is certainly a champion move that positions 3ds max 7 as the leader in procedural character animation. character studio's Biped is a great way for you to quickly create simple animation that would take much longer with traditional methods. The new deformation features will help you craft more believable characters. Some of the new tools are complex, and their power (as with the Motion mixing and layering tools) has barely been tapped, but your animation production pipeline will definitely benefit from them.

These new animation tools will be useful for preparing your scene for rendering—so let's explore 3ds max 7's new render features in the next chapter.

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