3dsmaxcmd rendering error: Unknown error while loading application

loocas | 3ds Max,technical | Thursday, July 31st, 2014


Ever tried to render a scene file on your machine via the command line using the 3dsmaxcmd.exe program, just to save some time loading up the entire program only to hit F9 for a single frame, but then the program fails at frame 0, prior to any rendering?

The reason might be you might be missing Backburner on your machine.

Even though you’re not actually network rendering and you have everything installed properly, if Backburner is missing, this error will surely pop up.

I spent quite a few hours figuring this one out when it worked just fine on my company machines, but it wasn’t rendering on my home workstation.

So, simply run the 3ds Max installation and add Backburner only. Nothing else is needed. You should be fine afterwards.


  1. Jo na tohle jsem taky narazil. Nepochopim ale koncepci Maxe, proc to takhle ma oddeleny?! Nechci pouzivat Backburner a pritom chci renderovat sitove. A doted jsem nevyresil, lec nejsem zkuseny 3dsmax uzivatel, jak primet 3dsmaxcmd.exe nacitat pluginy ze site ktery natahuju do maxe pres plugin.ini souboru. Mas nejakej napad jak to obejit? Zkousel jsem to presmerovat pomoci Plugin.UserSettings.ini v AppData, ale neni to stejny. Kvuli temhle blbostem nenavidim Maxe, jakoby nepocitali s tim ze ne kazdy preferuje lokalni instalace pluginu :-(

    Comment by Ales Dlabac — March 19, 2015 @ 14:11

  2. Jo a rozdil mezi verbosity 4 a 5 je asi takovej jako kdyz slepci rozsvitis zarovku :-/

    Comment by Ales Dlabac — March 19, 2015 @ 14:14

  3. Díky, to se hodí vědět pro příště

    Comment by Tweek — May 12, 2015 @ 16:46

  4. thanks, still useful info :-)

    Comment by Nick — February 26, 2018 @ 16:57

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