Remove modifiers from multiple objects
If your modifiers are starting to get out of hand then believe it or not but there is a way to remove modifiers from multiple objects. You can do this by making use of the Schematic View. To open it, go to the Graph Editor file menu and New Schematic View. Then simply select and delete the modifiers that you don't want. Make sure the Modifier Stack is
set to display.
The Schematic view is brilliant for deleting multiple modifiers, either on one object or across multiple objects
Point cache modifier
If you have a large scene and you have objects animating with complex rigs then did you know that you can ditch the complex rigs but still maintain the animation. You do this by utilizing the Point cache modifier. By applying this to an object you can record vertex transform data and then remove the underlying rigs. The modifier will store all the vertex locations on a per frame basis enabling you to playback animations incredibly quickly.
Store vertex positions of animations in a point cache file to enable quicker playback
Use instances, not copies
3ds Max will be able to better handle multiple instances of the same object rather than multiple copies. Keep this in mind when you're duplicating your objects. Instances allow you to have one type of object which all the other instances just reference. Copies are much more memory hungry in that they each require their own little space of memory.
If your object doesn't need to be unique then make sure you copy it as an instance
Isolating objects is a brilliant feature that I use time and time again. It allows me to focus only on those bits of geometry that I really want to see at that point in time. It is also a great saver on your viewport performance. With your chosen objects selected simply hit Alt+Y and see the rest of your objects disappear!
Work only on those objects which are important to you at any point in time. Object isolation is perfect for making this possible
Minimize the impact of crashes
When you deal with large scenes with complex modifiers, the reality is that your scene is going to crash. Unfortunately this is just the reality. However, what you can do is minimize the impact of a crash. The main way of doing that is to ensure you have your auto-save set to regular intervals. Backups are key, especially as 3ds Max may at times corrupt the current file you're working on.
Make sure your auto-save settings are all set up. There's nothing worse than 3ds Max crashing
and losing all your work since your last save
Get better hardware!
This probably sounds harsh and obvious but often the best thing you can do is to just get better hardware. If you are doing everything you can to optimize your scene then maybe a new processor or graphics card needs to make it onto your birthday or Christmas list.
Sometimes you just need to get better hardware. Maybe it's time to think about getting an upgrade
Top tip : Get the latest 3ds Max version
This might be a little controversial because I know each new version can have new bugs and it can take a while for those to be ironed out. But in general I've found that the improved viewport performance and handling of large scenes to be of great improvement with each new release.
Improving your 3ds Max workflow – previous chapters:
If you have the spare cash, an upgrade to the latest version of 3ds Max will help with scene management
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2. Better modeling workflow
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