The following minimal combination of hardware and software is required to operate character studio:
Software: 3D Studio MAX R3.1
Computer: Pentium® II CPU, running at 200 megahertz or better. (The software is thoroughly multi-threaded to take full advantage of multiple processor systems; dual processor system recommended).
Operating system: Microsoft® Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or greater (SP4 is required for Year 2000 compliance), Workstation or Server version, or Windows 98.
Note: Windows 95 is not supported.
RAM: Minimum 128 megabytes (MB). Recommended is 256 MB. Depending on scene complexity, more RAM may be desirable.
Free hard disk space: Typically 350 MB of free hard disk space for installation. This varies according to the custom components you choose to install.
Swap File: The Windows swap file size should be a minimum of 300 MB. Recommended swap file size is three times the amount of physical RAM on your computer. Depending on scene complexity, more Windows swap space may be desirable.
Display: Graphics card supporting a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 x High Color. Recommended resolution is 1280 x 1024 x True Color. (256 color mode is not supported.)
OpenGL and Direct3D hardware acceleration supported, 24-bit 3D graphics accelerator preferred.
Pointing device: Microsoft-compatible pointing device.
Important: Make sure you are using the most current driver for your pointing device. The best method to obtain the most current driver for any peripheral you are using is to go to the manufacturer's web site and download from there.
CD-ROM: Required for loading software, and needed for access to tutorial and sample files.
Sound card and speakers: Required for hearing soundtracks.
Network (Optional): A TCP/IP-configured network for use in network rendering. Network rendering is only available on Windows NT systems.
3D hardware graphics acceleration, video input and output devices
Other: To view the online help systems, you need Internet Explorer® 5.0 or higher already present. Internet Explorer 5.0 is provided on the 3D Studio MAX R3.1 CD. You also need NT Service Pack 4 or later. NT Service Pack 4 is supplied on the program CD.