Learning Autodesk Maya 8|Foundation +DVD

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9781897177334: Learning Autodesk Maya 8|Foundation +DVD

This exceptional, full-colour Autodesk Maya Press title - produced by Autodesk, the software's creators - uses Sony's full-length animated "Open Season" for the book's all-new hands-on tutorials for Maya 8. By following the step-by-step tutorials, readers will learn the Maya interface and the basics of modeling, texturing, animating, and visual effects using real-world production files from a full-length feature film. The DVD provides further reinforcement with instructor-led tutorial videos and other resources for extended learning.

With this book readers will:

  • Become familiar with the Maya User Interface
  • Work in 3D space
  • Model with NURBS (Spline)
  • Model with Polygons
  • Set Keyframes and Motion Paths
  • Learn to use Trax Non-linear animation
  • Apply Forward and Inverse Kinematics
  • Deform surfaces
  • Set cameras and lights
  • Create Shaders and Textures
  • Discover rendering techniques
  • Explore particles and Dynamics
  • Begin to use MEL (Maya Embedded Language)

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This full-color guide for beginners to all versions of Maya 8 (Complete, Unlimited, and Personal Learning Edition) features real-world images and examples from Open Season, a Sony Pictures Animation Inc. film. Its DVD contains Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, project files, an excerpt and interviews from the film, and instructor-led project overviews. Its web site contains updates. Heavily illustrated step-by-step instructions make this a good self-study choice and a good purchase for all medium and larger libraries. (Library Journal, January 15, 2007)

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