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  • view course page for Rigging Mechanical Objects in Maya

    Learn techniques for rigging mechanical objects, machines, and other inanimate objects in Maya.

    1h 27m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Animating Cartoon Characters in Maya

    Teaches simple steps to creating exaggerated cartoon animation in Maya, using principles such as squash and stretch, exaggeration, follow-through, and overlapping action.

    2h 17m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rigging a Cartoon Character in Maya

    Add squash and stretch to a rig in Maya, using techniques specific to cartoon characters: stretchy joints, IK/FK switching, and facial rigging.

    2h 34m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Maya LT

    Up and Running with Maya LT with George Maestri

    Learn the basics of Maya LT 2016, a 3D modeling and animation tool built especially for game makers.

    3h 24m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Maya 2016 Essential Training

    Maya 2016 Essential Training with George Maestri

    Learn the essentials of modeling, texturing, rendering, and animating with Maya 2016, the 3D package popular in the feature film, video game, and animation industries.

    7h 39m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Animation Techniques: Creating Smooth Motion

    Make your animations "look" right by creating smooth motion, with these software-agnostic tricks from animation expert George Maestri.

    45m 23s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started in 3D and Animation

    Get a simple seven-step overview of the 3D animation pipeline in this introduction for new 3D artists and animators.

    15m 8s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MotionBuilder

    An approachable and concise introduction to MotionBuilder, Autodesk's motion-editing software

    2h 12m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MEL Scripting in Maya

    A quick introduction to Maya's MEL (or Maya Embedded Language) scripting, which can help speed up repetitive tasks and give you access to advanced features.

    1h 48m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation: Dialogue

    Learn how to convey emotion through facial expression, and animate dialogue, with these fundamental animation principles.

    2h 15m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Character Rigging in 3ds Max

    Character Rigging in 3ds Max with George Maestri

    Learn how to rig your 3D characters for realistic motion and animation with 3ds Max.

    3h 45m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya 2015 Essential Training

    Maya 2015 Essential Training with George Maestri

    Learn how to model, texture, render, and animate 3D characters and scenes with Maya 2015.

    7h 45m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation: Locomotion

    Learn how to create walk, run, and skip animations that give your character style and subtly move the story along.

    2h 41m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation: Basics

    Character Animation: Basics with George Maestri

    Learn the skills all beginning animators need to know to bring their characters to life, including posing to the camera, animating from pose to pose, the basics of walking, and dialogue.

    3h 32m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Animation

    Foundations of Animation with George Maestri

    Learn the basic physics and motion principles that lie behind your 2D or 3D world, and time-tested techniques for bringing your animations to life.

    42m 32s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Maya Essentials 5: Animation Tools

    Focuses on the basics of animating in Maya, including setting keyframes, working with animation editors, and automating animation with constraints and simple rigs.

    1h 20m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation: Maya

    Character Animation: Maya with George Maestri

    Shows how to animate 3D characters in Maya utilizing the basic principles of animation.

    6h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 2D Character Animation

    2D Character Animation with George Maestri

    Teaches universal principles of animation, as well as how to use After Effects and Flash to apply all the tricks of the trade.

    5h 50m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

    Follows the creation of a short animated film, from storyboard through final output, using After Effects CS3.

    4h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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