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What is the difference between Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya ?

I am a student trying to learn 3D modeling for Movie editing (with After Effects) . I have installed Student edition of both 3Ds Max 2013 and Maya 2013.. Well.. as a beginner I don't find any difference in the work they do.. There was one difference I marked that when I used Maya, my system kind of slowed down :( .. and in case of 3Ds Max it didn't .. :) So.. I would like to know what are the actual differences between the both software? and Which one would be better for me if I want to go for Movie Animation , Special effects etc.. ?

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