Add Image Output Event
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Rendering menu Video Post Video Post toolbar (Add Image Output Event)

Rendering menu Video Post Video Post window Select an Image Output event. Video Post toolbar (Edit Current Event)

The Add Image Output Event provides controls for editing an output image event.

Image Output events send the result of executing the Video Post queue to a file or a device. You must add an Image Output event to the end of the queue if you want to save the final video. Otherwise, the results are displayed in the rendered frame window only. The Image Output event's range bar must include the entire range of frames you want to output.

The rendered output can be a still image or an animation, in one of the following file formats:

AVI Files

BMP Files

CIN (Kodak Cineon) Files

EPS and PS (Encapsulated PostScript) Files

Radiance Image Files

JPEG Files

PNG Files

MOV (QuickTime Movie) Files

RLA Files

RPF Files

SGI Image Files

TGA (Targa) Files

TIFF Files

You also have the option to direct the output to a VTR controller output device. If you have multiple output image events, you can output to different devices. This lets you monitor your queue with VTR output devices and view your output at any level of the Video Post queue during rendering.


To add an image output event:

  1. Click (Add Image Output Event).

    Image Output disregards whether any events in the queue are selected or not.

  2. Click Files to save the final video in a file, or Devices to send the video to a device.

    If you click Files, a file dialog appears to let you choose the bitmap or animation file.

    If you choose Devices, a Select Image Output Device dialog appears. This dialog has a drop-down list of installed device options.

  3. Adjust other parameters, and then click OK.

    The Image Output Event appears at the end of the queue.

    If you choose a device, its configuration controls are enabled:


The Add Image Output Event and Edit Output Image Event dialogs have the same controls.

Image File group


Lets you give the event a unique name. A unique name can make it easier to distinguish the output event in a long list of events.


Lets you choose the output image file and its format.


Lets you choose the hardware output device; for example, a digital video recorder. The device, its driver, and its 3ds Max Design plug-in must all be installed on your system to use device output.

Image Driver group

The two buttons in this area are available only when you choose a device as the image source.


Provides information on the source of the image-handler software used to create the image from 3ds Max Design.


Displays device-specific setup options.

Video Post Parameters group

VP Start Time/End Time

Set the starting and ending frames for the selected event within the overall Video Post queue. Video Post renders the event over the number of frames specified here.


Enables or disables the event. When turned off, the event is disabled and Video Post ignores it when rendering the queue. Each event must be disabled individually. For example, disabling a composite layer event does not disable the composited image events. The range bars of disabled events are unavailable in the event track area.