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Mandi's 3dsmax Biped Tutorial by Majoh Mandi's 3dsmax Biped Tutorial by Majoh
This tutorial will show you how to add 3ds max's Biped system into your 3d character model. Once completed, you'll be able to animate and pose your character however you like!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please ask below!

Enjoy the tutorial!
NOTE!!! If you can't copy a pose from one side of the biped because the button is greyed out, read THIS!
I made this tutorial in an older version of max (probably 7) that did not require this step.
Above the copy pose button is a yellow "new" button. You must press that first to create a new set of poses in order to copy poses to the set. Doing that step first will let you copy poses on your biped and continue the tutorial as shown.

Also see my Speedpainting Tutorial!
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Skidrow925 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Awesomely useful! Thank you so much!
pixarviolet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Is there any other custom made biped like if you were to do a mermaid or like a bird, or would you have to do costum bones for that?
BiscuitReloaded Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Super helpful! I learned more in biped rigging and envelope weighting in this tutorial than I did in college :P
krillatron Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome guide! Finally managed to animate something :) [link] Thanks a tonne!
kensalmon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi there i need help badly, ive created a mesh and im trying to rig her with a biped but everything i do just doesnt seem to work. I followed tutorials on youtube, and now ive just come across yours and still having the same problem.. I'm not sure what it is if its the mesh or if im missing something but ive made sure to do every step and still no result.. when i say no result i mean as in the biped and mesh dont become one so that i can move it around :( can you help me please??? the version of 3ds max im using is 2012.. If your really to help I'll send you the file by email :( I need this for a video game project that im currently working on.
PainFooll Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
For all who struggle with the ''Attach node'' -> to -> ''Pick object'' pop up, this is what you do. After you click on the little man (''Attach Node'') you directly click on Edit -> Select by -> name -> Bip001 Pelvis, and then you can go on where you left! ;)
PainFooll Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
After clicking ''attach note'' there is no ''pick object'' pop up... what to do?
The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks for the tutorial. Just recently got the Student version of Max and hope to make good use of it for my hobbies.
Mesciurius Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
very good tutorial , thank you !
swatches-of-puRple Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the updated bit! It would have buggered me all day
MalletMann Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Looks useful. I'll have to try it out.
Eldiablozzz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thnx for tutorial ( though i am 7 years late in replying)
FeitoTenjou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm using 3ds max 2011, but I still can't copy pose, the button is greyed out :(
OmarKronos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I am using 2012 version , I had your same problem an hour ago..the reason is you haven't created a collection yet, so the button won't be available until you create a collection first

Select any bone of your Biped > go to Motion panel > Parameters tap > Copy/Paste > .. then press the button which looks like a small sun .. now you have your collection you can copy/past pose, postures, or tracks;

DAINAMIX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
umm just a question: i'm trying to make it high poly but it's not really working good can give me something helpful?
Gixxerman Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, it's very good clear and useful. :-)
Muhammedharoon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was looking for Biped animation,now I got that ,I should say thanks,thank you.
glimlag Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Thanks A Lot !! :D
ReissTC Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Awesome. Model is nice too, reminds me of something out of Timesplitters for some reason.
CoolBoysEnt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
is there a way to make changes on biped? like a centaur biped? is there a way to create some "biped parts"?
salihelci Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great tutorial
Mirk217 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
mattolsonart Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is great! I keep having to come back and refresh my knowledge on this and this is more on point than the Youtube tutes. Much thanks!
Warlama Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
unsignedInteger Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
The tut is great, but why are her highs thicker than the head, and why are the legs in general that muscular while the arms look like wimpy twigs that are about to break?
Majoh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. That's just the way I made her!
XdesignsIllusion Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Hey majo, Thx to add the tutorial to the gruop, is a great tutorial :)...
Congrats and regards;)!...
Affet-kak Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
i noticed you used scale
i though scaling was an animating/rigging no no

when ive done it (with bones and linked objects at least) i get retarded warping
cant you modify pivot point under hierachy tab or something?
im probably completely wrong, im a bit of a rigging noob
Shyralon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Good tutorial....but the pick objekt window doesn´t open...what can i do?
arsdraconis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
ah, thank you so much for this! I'm on a class deadline and I couldn't figure out why on earth I couldn't copy the pose and it would have taken me forever to redo the other side.

Awesome tutorial! It really helped me!
mADjOBbOB Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010   Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial. It covers the major nuances of a good rigging, in a simple and understandable fashion. Keep it up!
MalchikYij Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
bloody fantastic tutorial there, thanks very much for posting this info! I came across this searching for biped tutorials on google, I'll be honest all the other ones I found on other sites are just crap and expected you to know what buttons to press. You're tutorial is not only indepth but straight to the point, well done. Because of this I have fully rigged a character I made in 3DSMax for my uni project using your tutorial in just under an hour with very limited prior experience. Thanks alot!

One thing I like to point out is your tutorial didn't mention about changing the number of fingers to 5 (Default in Max was 1). not too much of a biggie though :D
alien4killer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
wow good...looking for more tuts on 3ds max...thank you..:)
MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am currently learning how to rig character models with bipeds myself. I am currently up to Step 13. I'll be sure to visit and check your tutorial every now and again. Thank you for the knowledge!
allisonj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
One of the most helpful tutorials I've seen, thank you!

I'm a noob to animating so I used your tutorial and then exported in .fbx and uploaded to I found it on gamasutra...The site retargets animation automatically (which is great because I haven't learned that part yet!). So I'm learning keyframing quick and dirty by playing with their animation but I would imagine it could be useful for the rest of you guys too (noob or not).
sudafreekan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant find figure mode :(
Dutch-Flower Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
I have a problem with step 13.
I don't get a pick object pop up in my max, so I'm stuck.

So what can I do now?
I selected the skin, physique and the attach button, but nothing happens
JMcglade Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
This is awesome, I will definitly be using this at some point, thanks. :+favlove:
Denvir Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Haha! the usefullness! ^_^

i dont have time right now to read it all, i've got work T_T really well detailed what i've read so far :) shall be using it as my bible for future rigging :D hope you dont mind! =]
tigr3ss Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet. Best, or is that ONLY, tutorial I've found that uses the built-in biped and works for beginners. Thanks a lot, got my character rigged a bit too!
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With this I should able pose the character in any way, without editing the envelope again, is it?

Anyway, I never use weight before. nut with this I might try one.
davidlucas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
probably the most useful tutorial i've managed to find on the web.
Mental-Radiation Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
is there a way to get the hips to turn on the x axis with the biped?
Hellmouth Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Isn't there any method of manually attaching the vertices to a bone? The envelope method doesn't really work with my model...
AREhime Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009   Digital Artist
Dear i have a problem in the step 13, when i click the buttom Attach to node, Dont open me any window, what can be?
JobeDenton Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I've been trying to mod a game I have using a combination of Blender (which I'm kind of familiar with) and Max (which I'm not familiar with at all), and this tutorial has proved indispensable. Thank you very much.
Majoh Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! I love hearing from people who find it useful. Thanks :)
DimensionSifter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you have multiple objects connected to the same biped? like have the leg be one mesh object and the arm be another. and not one huge mesh?
zadma Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
thank you my teacher wasnt be verry helpfull but this helps out alot thanks
kaikun2236 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
omg finally!! A tutorial the actually EXPLAINS how to do this! You rock!

I'm totally going to watch you now.
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