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Mandi's 3dsmax Biped Tutorial

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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's avatar
Awesomely useful! Thank you so much!
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pixarvioletStudent 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?
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BiscuitReloadedStudent Digital Artist
Super helpful! I learned more in biped rigging and envelope weighting in this tutorial than I did in college :P
krillatron's avatar
krillatronHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome guide! Finally managed to animate something :) [link] Thanks a tonne!
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kensalmonStudent 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's avatar
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's avatar
After clicking ''attach note'' there is no ''pick object'' pop up... what to do?
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The-Port-of-RichesHobbyist 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's avatar
very good tutorial , thank you !
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swatches-of-puRpleHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the updated bit! It would have buggered me all day
MalletMann's avatar
Looks useful. I'll have to try it out.
Eldiablozzz's avatar
Thnx for tutorial ( though i am 7 years late in replying)
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FeitoTenjouStudent General Artist
I'm using 3ds max 2011, but I still can't copy pose, the button is greyed out :(
OmarKronos's avatar
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's avatar
DAINAMIXStudent 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's avatar
GixxermanProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, it's very good clear and useful. :-)
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MuhammedharoonProfessional Digital Artist
I was looking for Biped animation,now I got that ,I should say thanks,thank you.
glimlag's avatar
Thanks A Lot !! :D
ReissTC's avatar
Awesome. Model is nice too, reminds me of something out of Timesplitters for some reason.
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CoolBoysEntProfessional Filmographer
is there a way to make changes on biped? like a centaur biped? is there a way to create some "biped parts"?
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salihelciStudent Digital Artist
great tutorial
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mattolsonartProfessional 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!
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WarlamaProfessional Digital Artist
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