Maya for Beginners: Complete Guide to 3D Animation in Maya
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Maya for Beginners: Complete Guide to 3D Animation in Maya

Learn everything you need for 3D animation in Autodesk Maya: Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, Rigging, Animation, Dynamics
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  • 25.5 hours on-demand video
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  • 1 downloadable resource
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will become comfortable using Autodesk Maya to model, texture, rig, animate, dynamics, light, and render
  • Build and design your own 3D objects
  • Animate your 3D objects with keyframes
  • Modeling, shading, texturing, lighting beautiful designs
  • Rendering your projects for high quality playback
  • Rigging a 3D character for animation
  • Simulating dynamic effects like water, cloth, and smoke
  • You will know how to put together an entire 3D animated scene!
Requirements
  • You should have Autodesk Maya to follow along with the course
  • Autodesk provides a free 3-year educational version of Maya from their website
  • 3-button mouse
Description

You can do your own 3D animations in Autodesk Maya!

Learn everything you need to know to get started - taught by a Hollywood professional!

As the industry standard 3D animation software, learning Autodesk Maya is a great skill to help you land a job in the film, music and gaming industry. In this course, you'll learn how to create your entire animation from scratch. 

What will you learn?

  • Getting started with Maya and understanding the interface

  • Modeling your own objects and scenes

  • Shading your objects

  • Creating proper UVs

  • Texturing your objects 

  • Lighting your scene and creating shadows

  • Rendering your project

  • Rigging characters to prepare for animations

  • Animating with keyframes

  • Motion graphics animation (MASH) toolkit

  • Simulating dynamic effects like cloth and smoke

  • Putting together an entire scene

Learn by doing real world projects!

Throughout this entire course, you'll be working on a Dia de Los Muertos inspired scene with a complete animated skeleton. By the end of the course, you'll truly be inspired by your own skills, and confident in using Autodesk Maya.

What do you get when you enroll?

  • 25+ hours of easy-to-follow tutorials

  • Bonus animation demonstrations

  • Downloadable project files for every step of the course

  • Premium support to help you as you take the course

Why learn from us?

Lucas Ridley is a professional 3D animator who has worked on Hollywood films such as Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. His students love him, and we're sure you're going to enjoy this class.

Lucas breaks down the most complicated steps of animating in Autodesk Maya, so that you can easily start animating on your own! 

Phil Ebiner is the founder of Video School Online, and has taught over one million students around the world with our top-rated courses. We only partner with the best instructors, so you'll know that you're getting a great course with this one!

Our 30-day 100% money-back guarantee!

 We want you to be happy. If there's any reason you aren't enjoying the course, and getting what you expected, we'll refund your money.

We can't wait to see you in the course!

Cheers,

Phil + Lucas

Who this course is for:
  • We designed this course for complete beginners who want to get started with Autodesk Maya.
  • We designed this course for anyone that wants to learn 3D animation, and the tools used by professional animators in the film industry.
  • We designed this course for beginner Autodesk Maya users who want to take their skills to a more advanced next level.
Course content
Expand all 136 lectures 25:37:58
+ Introduction to the Course
3 lectures 03:05

Welcome to this 3D animation course using Autodesk Maya!

Preview 01:15

We'll be using the 2018 version of Autodesk Maya in this course. To follow along and use the project files, you'll need to use the 2018 version (or newer - if you're watching this course in the future).

You can download a free trial version of Maya for 30-days on Autodesk's website. Google: Autodesk Maya Free Trial (Udemy won't let me create a link in this description unfortunately.)

If you're enrolled at a school then you're eligible for a free 3-year student copy of Maya!

Preview 01:18
Download Course Files & Free Maya Trial
00:32
+ 3D Modeling
30 lectures 06:15:13
Ghostbuster Trap
13:14
Insert Edge, Extrude, and Append
13:30

This video is an update to the course, after answering over a thousand questions and seeing the same mistakes pop up over and over. So review this video and then check your model for these mistakes before continuing and look out for them as you progress.

Update: Common Mistakes
14:13
Bevel & Normals
12:13
Booleans
23:59
Knob Motion Path
21:05
Front, Merge Vertices
16:14
Front, Doors
16:25
Cord
12:00
Topology - Lineflow
05:41
Topology - Reducing Even Numbers
09:20
Topology - Reducing Odd Numbers
07:17
"Bones" - Imageplane Setup
10:50
"Bones" - Box vs. Edge Modeling
09:09
"Bones" - Make Live Tool
11:29
"Bones" - Sculpting
06:44
"Bones" - Eye Socket Edge Loops
15:13
"Bones" - Eye Attach
09:10
"Bones" - Nose
15:04
"Bones" - Cleaning Topology
16:20
Update: Retopo and Remesh tools
06:04
"Bones" - Mirroring Head
11:42
Update: Mirror Tool
03:13
"Bones" - Lattice Deformer
03:54
"Bones" - Spine Wire Deformer
11:40
"Bones" - Ribs Bend Deformer
18:28
"Bones" - Sternum
17:02
"Bones" - Right Side Body
27:28
"Bones" - Mirror
08:39
+ Look Development - UV, Shading, Texturing, Lighting
23 lectures 03:32:59
Look Development Introduction
05:20
UVs Intro & Planar Projection
12:16
UVs - Merge Borders & Cylindrical Projection
10:03
UVs - Straighten and Transfer
05:34
UVs - Final Ghostbuster Trap
05:17
UVs - "Bones" Head
09:21
UVs - "Bones" Body
08:24
Intro to Shaders
07:00
Lighting Shaders
07:44
Photographic Textures
05:07
Procedural Textures
08:18
Scene Adjustments
03:58
Hypershade Intro and Fractals
11:39
Brushed Metal and Bump Maps
11:25
OBJ File Format & Fix "Bones"
06:03
"Bones" 3D Paint Tool
12:08
Mix Rust Shader
12:22
GB Trap Finishing Touches
12:55
Fog Lighting
08:55
"Bones" Displacement Map
19:36
"Bones" Glass Material
02:46
"Bones" Lights
14:26
"Bones" Render Sequence
12:22
+ Rigging
30 lectures 03:37:52
Rigging Intro
07:16
Rigging QuickRig
03:14
Prop Rigging Parent Costraint
06:59
Prop Rigging Pivot Control
09:52
IK vs. FK
05:26
"Bones" QuickRig Skeleton
05:13
"Bones" Hands
07:09
"Bones" Joint Orientation
08:42
"Bones" Rotate Order
06:48
"Bones" Recreate Limbs
05:17
"Bones" Pole Vectors
06:24
"Bones" Hand Controls
12:30
"Bones" Reverse Foot Rig
05:18
"Bones" Foot Roll SDK
11:58
"Bones" Independent Toe
04:58
"Bones" Organize and Scale
02:27
"Bones" COG and Hips
08:03
"Bones" Spine Controls
04:13
"Bones" Shoulder and Fingers
09:35
"Bones" Hands To Shoulders
02:53
"Bones" Hand Spaces
07:59
"Bones" Head Spaces
05:50
"Bones" Skinning The Feet
03:43
"Bones" Moving Joints Fix
07:43
"Bones" Skinning Spine Weights
12:59
Pose Space Deformation
10:51
"Bones" Skin Body
03:41
Fix Forearm Twist
07:23
"Bones" Head Blendshapes
13:38
"Bones" Clean Up
09:50
+ Animation
24 lectures 04:11:28
Bouncing Ball
10:04
Graph Editor
11:54
Finishing Generic Ball Bounce
11:35
Squash and Stretch
08:17
Ball Exercise
02:11
Ball Exercise Review
09:41
Animation Scene Setup
05:20
Follow Through
14:43
Follow Through Polish
09:09
Antics, Contrast, and Overshoots
20:28
Constraints
12:50
Referenced Rigs
05:04
Walk Cycle Start
10:22
Walk Cycle Mirror Keys
06:44
Walk Cycle Breakdowns
10:12
Walk Cycle Finish Lower Body
18:15
Walk Cycle Upper Body
10:15
Walk Cycle Offsets
10:27
Walk Cycle Polish
09:58
Walk Cycle Off The Spot
04:39
Walk Cycle Polish More
08:58
Walk Cycle Motion Trail Wrists
16:30
Walk Cycle Motion Path
17:21
Wrap Up
06:31
+ Bonus: Animation Demonstration
3 lectures 02:59:12
Part 1 Demonstration
01:03:26
Part 2 Demonstration
56:56
Part 3 Demonstration
58:50
+ FX
21 lectures 04:34:52
Scene Scale
07:52
MASH Brick Wall
08:37
Bullet Simulation Intro
07:21
Bullet Shatter
10:21
Alembic Cache
08:57
nParticle Ground Shatter
12:53
Ground Bullet Simulation
20:05
Fix Sim
03:37
Fireflies Dynamics
16:24
Fireflies Dynamics Animated
20:32
nHair Rope
13:11
nCloth Banner
14:41
nCloth Vest
24:09
Bifrost Liquid
10:49
Bifrost Emitter
06:45
Bifrost Smoke 01
23:13
Bifrost Smoke 02
06:37
MASH Grass
17:53
Texturing
26:48
Render Setup 01
08:05
Render Setup 02
06:02