There are two types
of animation playback available within character studio: the 3ds Max Play
Animation button and the Biped Playback button.
- You can use (Play Animation) in the
viewport playback controls to play biped animation, the same as
you can any other 3ds Max animation.
(Biped Playback) on
the Biped rollout to play back the animation with the biped displayed
as a stick figure, while hiding everything else in the scene.
NoteIt is possible to
turn on both buttons at once. This is not recommended. Depending
on your system configuration, turning on Play Animation and Biped
Playback at the same time can considerably slow down performance.
Biped playback previews
the motion of all existing, visible bipeds. If you hide a part or
all of biped, the hidden biped or biped part does not appear in
the Biped playback. Objects in the animation that are not bipeds
do not appear in Biped playback. If the 3ds Max home grid is
visible, a grid appears at Z=0 in the Biped playback viewport.
While Biped controls
are visible in the Motion panel, you can also press V to start or stop Biped Playback.
For this keyboard shortcut to work, the Keyboard Shortcut Override
Toggle must be turned on.
Biped always previews
the existing animation range. Biped Playback responds to the parameters
in the 3ds Max Time Configuration dialog. If Real Time playback
is chosen in this dialog, Biped plays back at the current frame
rate, sometimes skipping frames if necessary. If Real Time is turned
off, Biped plays back as fast as it can, depending on the capacity
of the graphics card installed on your system.
has no effect on Biped playback. If you are using a hardware-accelerated
display card, you might find 3ds Max playback to be faster under
To preview biped motion using the Biped
playback stick figure:
- Activate the viewport with the view you
want to see.
- Hide or show the bipeds you want to appear
in the playback.
- Select one of the visible
bipeds, and go to the Motion
- On the Biped rollout, click (Biped
Stick-figure biped animation
plays back in the active viewport. Animation plays back for all
To preview biped motion using the full
biped model, do one of the following:
- Drag the time slider.
- Click (Play Animation).
Biped animation plays
back in the active viewport.
Depending on your system,
biped animation might not play back in real time using 3ds Max viewport
WarningYou might miss critical
frames of your animation if Real Time is selected in the Time Configuration