Panorama Exporter Render Setup Dialog
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Utilities panel Utilities rollout More button Utilities dialog Panorama Exporter Render button

The Panorama Exporter Render Setup dialog is a modal version of the Render Setup dialog specially configured for generating panoramic output.

NoteYou need at least one camera in your scene to use the Panorama Exporter.
TipFor best results, high resolutions might be necessary. We recommend a resolution of 2048x1024 or higher unless you're working on drafts.


This topic covers the main rollout parameters. Additional rollouts might be available depending on the current renderer. For more information, see Render Setup dialog.

Output Size group

Choose one of the predefined sizes or enter another size in the Width and Height fields (in pixels). These controls affect the image's aspect ratio.

Width and Height

Lets you set the resolution of the output image by specifying the width and the height of the image, in pixels.

Preset resolution buttons (512x256, 1024x512, and so on)

Click one of these buttons to choose a preset resolution.

Aperture Width

Lets you specify an aperture width for the camera that creates the rendered output. Changing this value changes the camera's Lens value. This affects the relationship between the Lens and the FOV values, but it doesn't change the camera's view of the scene.

For example, if you have a Lens setting of 43.0 mm, and you change the Aperture Width from 36 to 50, when you close the Render Setup dialog (or render), the camera Lens spinner has changed to 59.722, but the scene still looks the same in the viewport and the rendering. If you use one of the preset formats rather than Custom, the aperture width is determined by the format, and this control is replaced by a text display.

Options group


Renders any applied atmospheric effects, such as volume fog, when turned on.

Render Hidden Geometry

Renders all geometric objects in the scene, even if they are hidden.


Renders any applied rendering effects, such as Blur, when turned on.

Area/Linear Lights as Point Lights

Renders all area or linear lights as if they were point lights, speeding up rendering time.


Renders any applied displacement mapping.

Force 2-Sided

2-sided rendering renders both sides of all faces. Usually, you'll want to keep this option off to speed rendering time. You might want to turn it on if you need to render the inside as well as the outside of objects, or if you've imported complex geometry in which the face normals are not properly unified. Default=off.

Video Color Check

Checks for pixel colors that are beyond the safe NTSC or PAL threshold and flags them or modifies them to acceptable values.

By default, "unsafe" colors render as black pixels. You can change the color check display by using the Rendering panel of the Preference Settings dialog.

TipThis is useful for draft renderings, as point lights render much faster than area lights.
NoteScenes with radiosity are not affected by this toggle, as area lights do not have a significant effect on the performance of a radiosity solution.
Super Black

Super Black rendering limits the darkness of rendered geometry for video compositing.

TipLeave this off unless you're sure you need it.

Advanced Lighting group

Use Advanced Lighting

When on, 3ds Max incorporates a radiosity solution or light tracing in the rendering.

Compute Advanced Lighting When Required

When on, 3ds Max computes radiosity when required on a per-frame basis.

Normally, when rendering a series of frames, 3ds Max calculates radiosity only for the first frame. If, in an animation, it might be necessary to recalculate the advanced lighting in subsequent frames, turn this option on. For example, a brightly painted door might open and affect the coloring of a nearby white wall, in which case the advanced lighting should be recalculated.

Render Output group

Save File

Saves the rendered panorama to disk. This is unavailable until you have defined a file name by clicking the Files button.


Lets you specify the name, location, and file type for the rendered panorama file.

Rendered Frame Window

Enables or disables the panorama exporter’s rendering display.

Display Viewer

When on, the Panorama Exporter viewer opens upon rendering the panoramic rendering.



Chooses the camera viewport to render. When you render a panorama, this drop-down list shows only the cameras in the scene.


Click to render the panorama.


Click to cancel the rendering.


Click to close the dialog, saving any changes you've made.