To make a lava surface fx:

First, creat a few textures:

     

Next, make shader for lava:

the distortion shader and material :

lava material in Max:

 

What I learned: 1,Glow is more fuzz then Emissive. 2, Emissive chnnel can be emptey, make it 0,0,0 black, so the distortion functional.

 

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