Learning Autodesk® Maya® 2013
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Learning Autodesk® Maya® 2013

A Video Introduction
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The perfect resource for 3D animation professionals and students

Learning how to use Autodesk's industry-leading Maya 3D animation and effects software just got a little easier, thanks to Learning Autodesk Maya 2013: A Video Introduction DVD. Competitively priced and professionally produced, it features eight hours of expert, step-by-step instruction from award-winning visual effects supervisor and author, Dariush Derahkshani. Immerse yourself in the dozens of high-definition video lessons and examples (1280x720), with optional full-screen mode) and practice as you go with downloadable files.

This unique video training software provides custom bookmarking, an intuitive interface for easy navigation, and professional examples. You can progress at your own pace, from any place - lessons are viewable on everything from laptops and PCs to smartphones and iPad and Android tablets. And, as an added bonus you get access to a streaming version of the videos that you can view from any computer with internet access.

  • Shows beginners or professionals how to use or enhance their use of Autodesk Maya 2013
  • Features eight hours of video instruction viewable on tablets, smartphones, and computers
  • Gets you up to speed on Maya's core features and functions and includes hands-on exercises with downloadable files, so you put your new skills to use right away
  • Teaches polygonal modeling, shading and texturing, keyframe and inverse-kinematic animation, and modeling with NURBS, subdivisions, and deformers
  • Also covers light, rendering, and effects

Professionals and beginners alike who seek value-priced, short-course training on Maya will want to enroll in Learning Autodesk Maya 2013: A Video Introduction

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63 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:24

This introduction explains what Maya is and does.

Preview 03:51

Let's look at how to use the project files and folders associated with Maya.

Preview 01:33
Introducing Maya
5 Lectures 01:04:00

Maya's user interface centers on the large view panel where you build and manipulate your scene.

Preview 14:12

You need a three-button mouse to navigate the interface, to change your view, and to manage objects.

Getting Around in Maya

Here we explain the hierarchy that governs objects and their attributes.

Maya Objects and Hierarchy

The most common windows in Maya include the Attribute Editor, Outliner, Hypershade, Hypergraph, Graph Editor, and the Layer Editor; let's study each.

Exposing Maya Windows

You'll want to customize Maya -- just a little at first (keeping Maya at the default will help you learn the program) and more are you gain experience with it.

Customizing Maya
Polygonal Modeling
6 Lectures 53:56

No matter how you model, you'll be creating and editing vertices, edges, and faces.

Vertices, Edges, and Faces

We'll look at the primitive objects that can be created via polygons in Maya.

Creating Polygon Primitives

Your tools settings affect every action you take, so know how to reveal and change them to suit your work.

Tool Settings

Here you'll see how to divide a surface further to work with it in various ways.

Basic Modeling Operations: Dividing Geometry

Sometimes the best way to create geometry is to extend an object you've already created, using Extrude, Bridge, or Bevel.

Basic Modeling Operations: Extending Geometry

And sometimes the most efficient means of creating more geometry is to duplicate something already existing; check out the Edit > Duplicate Special menu.

Modeling with Multiple Objects
Subdivision Surface Modeling
5 Lectures 34:55

Subdivision surfaces (Subdivs) don't come with option-box menu options; you have to drop the object into your scene and then modify it.

SubD Primitives in Maya

You can improve on the native, built-in geometry options; for example, you can use regular polygons to create subdivision surfaces.

Improving on Maya's Native SubDs

Here's how to create some more creased edges on your subdiv geometry.

Creating Hard Surfaces with SubDs

Let's look at how subdivision surfaces operate at rendering time, with Maya's native renderer.

SubDs at Render Time

Next, compare rendering subdivision surfaces with the mental ray renderer.

SubDs in mental ray
NURBS Modeling
4 Lectures 24:59

Here you'll begin to understand the difference between polygonal objects and NURBS objects.

Introduction to NURBS

NURBS primitives have a set of controls like other objects, but because they deal with curved surfaces instead of polygonal ones, you'll encounter some new settings.

NURBS Primitives

We'll look at the tools to model NURBS and how this contrasts with modelling polygons.

NURBS Modeling: Revolve and Loft

Let's try creating more complex NURBS objects.

NURBS Modeling: Extrude and Birail
Basic Maya Shading
8 Lectures 01:09:01

We introduce basic shading, also known as texturing: applying a material to your model for lighting and rendering.

Intro and Hypershade Shakedown

The basic shading workflow in Maya begins with the default and common shaders, such as the lambert, phong, and blinn.

Basic Shaders: The Anisotropic, Ramp, and Surface Shaders

We continue with more advanced shaders, such as anisotropic, ramp, and surface shaders.

Texture Nodes and Bump Maps

Texture nodes feed into materials. They can be procedural, where you change the texture within Maya without having to go out to an image editor.

Shading Networks

Shading networks, in the Hypershade, define how multiple textures and attributes apply to a shader and relate to or interact with each other.

Using the Substance Texture

A substance texture (created in the Hypershade or simply by clicking the Map button) is a procedural texture that allows you to use many cool presets.

Introducing UV Mapping

Let's introduce the wonderful, but perhaps laborious, world of UV mapping, projecting flat images onto 3D geometry.

Working with UVs and UV Snapshots

We continue with how to modify and apply a UV texture.

6.8 video
Basic Maya Lighting
6 Lectures 50:22

A popular lighting setup is "three-point lighting". Here's how to establish that setup in Maya.

Three-Point Lighting

Maya has many types of lights, found under the Create > Lights menu. Here's a walk through them.

Maya Lights Overview

You can manipulate and even animate lights.

Manipulating and Animating Lights

In this lesson you'll see how to render shadows for Maya lights.

Rendering Shadows

You can have different lights affect different objects in your scene.

Light Linking

Lighting effects include glow, lens flare, and volumetric lighting.

Basic Lighting Effects
Basic Maya Rendering
9 Lectures 01:14:21

As we move into rendering, we'll start by examining what a camera is and where it gets placed, by default and by the user.

Creating and Manipulating Cameras

Let's see how to output your renders and cameras.

Outputting Renders

Play with your render quality settings, and you'll see that you can very quickly use up a LOT of time and memory making and saving renders.

Render Settings: Quality and Motion Blur

Creating an IPR (interactive photoreal rendering) lets you see your render adjust on the fly as you change, for example, lighting.

IPR Rendering

Enable raytracing to get true reflections, refractions, and shadows in your scene.

Raytracing: Reflections, Refractions, and Shadows

The Render Stats rolldown provides viewing and rendering options for specific objects.

Controlling Object Render Stats

Render layers are very powerful, allowing you to render objects in separate passes for use in later compositing.

Batch Rendering a Sequence

Render layers are very powerful, allowing you to render objects in separate passes for use in later compositing.

Rendering in Layers

To demonstrate compositing several render layers, we'll use Adobe After Effects.

Compositing Render Layers and Creating a Shadow Pass
Basic Animation
8 Lectures 59:01

The basic tool for adding motion to a scene -- animating -- is the keyframe.

The Basics of Animating in 3D

Here's how to fix an object's attributes at a point in time by creating a keyframe.

Keyframe Basics

Use the Graph Editor to create more complex animations than keyframes alone can produce, and to clean up rough animations.

The Graph Editor

Here's how to create and use a basic rig to control your object model.

Creating Skeletons and Constraints

The Set Driven Key command can make it easier to position, maneuver, and limit your rig.

Using Set Driven Key

Let's see how the Connection Editor will provide a control item, making selection easier.

The Connection Editor

We continue to build controls for our claw rig, this time using the Expression Editor to control and resolve multiple movements of the same object.

The Expression Editor

Joints and skinning allow us to deform smooth, continuous geometry as we animate.

Skin Binding
Mental Ray Shading and Lighting
4 Lectures 32:44

See the difference between rendering with Maya's native renderer and with mental ray: mental ray provides more options.

Introducing mental ray

Regular Maya lights and shaders work fine in mental ray, but check out the additional options available to you with mental ray's settings.

Mental Ray Area Light and Decay Rates

Let's examine two mental ray shaders to see how this renderer handles them.

The Mia and Car Paint Shaders

The mental ray physical sun and sky system are controlled from some new nodes in the Outliner and Render Settings.

Using the Physical Sun and Sky System
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