Help with Mudbox displacement maps in 3dsmax

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  07 July 2007
Help with Mudbox displacement maps in 3dsmax

I'm trying MB first time and I found it very cool, but after trying to get the maps working in 3dsmax I ended up very frustrated.

I followed the 3dsmax tutorial writen by Neil Blevins (many thanks) but I always get a strange displacement map that does not work as expected.

First of all, both the scenes in Mudbox and 3dsmax in ZIP file
http://www.narkohol.com/download/Head_Jesped.zip

Check the following:

the ear in Mudbox


The ear in 3dsmax 8:


As you can see, there is a spike and a cracked appearance.

Here is some details from the map (16 bit TIF)
Are these marked zones supposed to be correct?


Here is the settings I used for export and import:




What am I doing wrong? which is the best way to import mudbox data into 3dsmax?

Any help will be much appreciated.
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  07 July 2007
Not sure what's going on here but how are your UVs? Anything overlapping?
I would try the 32bit option, that way you get the perfect strength in Max automatically.

All else fails you could always smooth out the map in Photoshop.
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  07 July 2007
I adjusted the UV's and set Subdivision to "Good" for the Low Resolution Mesh and it is ok now. Anyway the look isn't exactly the same in max and mudbox.

I suppose this is normal or should I get a perfect match? I'm using the Meshsmooth + Displace modifiers as suggested by Neil Blevins.
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