The latest update to MachStudio Pro adds a dedicated exporter for 3ds Max 2009. This exporter makes it fast and easy to export geometry, animation, and cameras out of Max. The update also adds an extensive Materials/shader library, animatable fog, and additional render channels (for outputting to compositing software).
If you are not already familiar with MachStudio Pro, it is stand-alone, visualization and rendering software that lets 3D artists create and manipulate lights, materials, and HDR cameras in a real-time, non-linear workflow environment to achieve film quality results. Processes which normally would be separated into specialized tasks in production, or off-loaded to render farms, are instead possible in an efficient and concise production workflow.
Samples of several 3ds Max projects lit and rendered in MachStudio Pro can be seen at http://www.studiogpu.com/showcase .