An introduction to the latest version of Maya provides detailed coverage of essential product and workflow data and covers such topics as materials and textures, lighting effects, and rendering stills and animation.
A CG Animator's Guide to Applying the Classical Principles of Animation
Author: Lee Montgomery
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Explore Disney's 12 principles of animation, while learning how to animate in Maya. You can develop your own leading digital techniques rooted to traditional workflows. From squash and stretch to timing and appeal, you will enhance your creative toolset with strong classics training and cutting edge techniques. Trusted Maya Authority, Lee Montgomery offers the only artistic guide to applying the principles of traditional animation with Maya's tools, which are used in production by the best animators and VFX artists today. Add another webpage to your favourites and expand your digital workflow to include the practical resources of the Tradigital Maya with the robust companion web site that include demonstrations, project files, links to further resources, available at www.tradigitalmaya.com.
Inside Maya 4.5 is the only book on Maya that covers the entire production process from concept to completion. The authors are animators and modelers from some of the top animation studios in the business. Inside Maya 4.5 covers the newest tools and upgrades to the program as the name "Inside" truly implies. This book builds a complete computer animated project from beginning to end in the Alias Wavefront Maya software. The book and companion CD walk the reader through a step by detailed step workflow. Going through the book, the reader gains a deeper, more relevant knowledge of how to actually design and complete a short animated piece. The guest authors are respected professionals in the design, production, and execution of similar pieces. Such a book has never been done in Maya and would complement the New Riders' Inside Studio Max 4 by Kim Lee.
Savvy—n. Practical know-how. Maya, the premier high-end 3D application, is so powerful that no one masters it without help. Maya 5 Savvy—a thorough update to Maya 4.5 Savvy—is written for the Maya user looking to boost their skills to the next level. Running throughout this book is a completely new, cohesive, expertly organized animation project that teaches specific Maya skills and, at the same time, gives you valuable hands-on exposure to the entire animation production process. Staged support files mean that you can begin and end work on this project anywhere you like—which in turn means you can read this book cover to cover or use it as a reference, dipping in wherever you need information on or practice with specific modeling, animation, and rendering techniques. Everywhere you turn,you'll find expert advice on the latest Maya features, time-saving shortcuts, and advanced capabilities. Coverage includes: Core Maya: interface briefing, plus planning, writing, and storyboarding your animation. Modeling: NURBS, polygons and subdivision surfaces, character modeling. Animation: paths and bones, deformers, binding, Trax, rigid body dynamics, MEL scripting, particle animation, expression-driven animation. Output: rendering architecture, rendering, shading and texturing, lighting, special light effects. Advanced Tools and Techniques: Paint Effects, ramps and volumes, soft body dynamics, Fluid Effects, Fur, Cloth. Note:CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Alias Wavefront's Maya is the premier tool for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. It is used by such film houses as Industrial, Light & Magic, Pixar, and Disney for creating 3D animation and special effects. This Maya Press title—a cooperative publication between Sybex and Alias Wavefront—is the perfect introduction to 3D and Maya. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Developing Skills for 2D and 3D Character Animation
Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Expand your animation toolkit and remain competitive in the industry with this leading resource for 2D and 3D character animation techniques. Apply the industry's best practices to your own workflows and develop 2D, 3D and hybrid characters with ease. With side by side comparisons of 2D and 3D character design, improve your character animation and master traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing and walks. Develop characters inspired by humans, birds, fish, snakes and four legged animals. Breathe life into your character and develop a characters personality with chapters on acting, voice-synching and facial expressions. Expertly integrate core animation techniques with your software of choice featuring step-by-step tutorials, highlighting 3ds Max, Maya and Blender workflows. Adapt the tips, tricks and techniques for unique projects like character design for rotoscoping and motion capture. Advance beyond the fundamentals of 2D and 3D character animation with the companion website which includes short demonstration movies, 2D and 3D exercises and fully rigged character models.
The Essentials Of Maya 4, Including Workflow And Best Practices, For New Users And Early Adopters.The Essentials Of Maya 4, Including Workflow And Best Practices, For New Users And Early Adopters.Publishing At The Right Time To Capitalize On The Growing Maya Marketplace.Written By Maya Beta Testers And Experienced Trainers - A Winning Combination.This Book Takes The User From A Review Of 3D Fundamentals To A Working Knowledge Of Creating Content In Maya 4. Topics Covered Include The Interface And Primary Tools, Modeling With Nurbs And Polygons, Applying Materials And Textures, Lighting, Using Modifiers And Deformers, Animating Scenes, Using Cameras, Rendering Stills And Animations, And Using Particle Systems, Dynamics, And Paint Effects. Special Appendices Also Cover Making The Change From Other Software Like 3Ds Max Or Lightwave To Maya. Video-Captured Movies On The Accompanying Cd Supplement The Tutorial Foundation Of The Book.
Accompanied by a CD-ROM containing a generic finished sample character, complete with skeletons, muscles, skin, and advanced animation controls, this introduction to computer graphics design explains how to use Maya to create a variety of believable 3D characters, presenting a series of concepts, programming techniques, and Maya tools, as well as hands-on exercises. Original. (Advanced)