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Creating Hair with Maya nHair

with Aaron F. Ross

Video: Creating Hair with Maya nHair: Welcome

Learn to create, style, animate, and render realistic hair with Maya nHair.
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  1. 3m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 3s
  2. 28m 57s
    1. Understanding Nucleus nHair
      1m 22s
    2. Loading nHair examples
      2m 2s
    3. Prepping a model for nHair
      4m 22s
    4. Laying out UVs
      2m 56s
    5. Adding nHair
      1m 32s
    6. Choosing Create nHair options
      5m 40s
    7. Analyzing the nHair node structure
      2m 8s
    8. Displaying curves and converting selections
      4m 45s
    9. Tuning the Nucleus solver
      4m 10s
  3. 46m 49s
    1. Setting display quality
      5m 13s
    2. Choosing a simulation method
      4m 35s
    3. Setting dynamic properties
      5m 34s
    4. Controlling stiffness with Bend Resistance
      2m 8s
    5. Controlling collisions
      4m 17s
    6. Adjusting forces such as mass and drag
      6m 9s
    7. Defining Clump and Hair Shape attributes
      3m 32s
    8. Adjusting Clump Twist, Clump Flatness, and Clump Curl
      3m 8s
    9. Changing hair shape with displacements
      4m 54s
    10. Shading the hairSystem
      7m 19s
  4. 46m 41s
    1. Creating follicles with the Paint Hair Follicles tool
      8m 18s
    2. Selecting follicles in the viewport
      2m 53s
    3. Moving follicles in UV space
      3m 45s
    4. Trimming and extending follicles
      4m 4s
    5. Painting follicle attributes
      4m 54s
    6. Painting follicle color
      4m 4s
    7. Setting individual follicle attributes
      4m 5s
    8. Converting the follicle simulation method
      8m 56s
    9. Linking objects to surfaces with follicles
      5m 42s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Creating production-quality nHair
      8m 2s
    2. Transforming curves
      2m 39s
    3. Using Start Curve Attract
      3m 9s
    4. Modifying curves
      3m 53s
    5. Creating long hairstyles
      4m 38s
    6. Locking curve length
      1m 52s
    7. Editing curve CVs
      4m 14s
    8. Applying nConstraints
      5m 58s
  6. 28m 9s
    1. Creating an nCache
      10m 47s
    2. Rendering in Maya software
      8m 33s
    3. Rendering in mental ray
      5m 21s
    4. Enabling Multi Streaks
      3m 28s
  7. 37s
    1. Goodbye

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Video Duration: 0s3h 8m Intermediate Jan 29, 2014

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Get tried and true techniques for creating, styling, animating, and rendering hair with nHair in Autodesk Maya. Aaron F. Ross will show you how to prepare your mesh; control for stiffness, shape, and curl; trim and extend follicles; style hair with curves; and adjust color, translucency, and specular highlights. The last chapter shows you how to render nHair with Maya and mental ray.

Topics include:
  • Prepping a model for hair
  • Adding nHair
  • Setting dynamic properties
  • Adjusting clump, curl, and twist
  • Painting follicle attributes
  • Creating long hairstyles with curves
  • Applying nConstraints
  • Creating and rendering an nCache
3D + Animation
Aaron F. Ross


Welcome to Creating Hair with Maya nHair. My name is Aaron F Ross. It's my pleasure to share with you the techniques for creating, styling, animating and rendering nHair. The N stands for nucleus, which is Maya's advanced dynamics engine that also supports cloth and particles. In this course, we will follow the following topics. Loading the preset examples, preparing a polygon mesh for nHair, controlling dynamic properties such as stretch and bend, adjusting forces, such as mass and drag, clumping, curling, and twisting hair.

Shading hair, including color, translucency and specular highlights. Trimming and extending hair, using start curves to design hair styles. Caching simulations and rendering in the Maya software and Mental Ray renders. Maya nHair is a powerful set of tools for adding realism to animated characters. Its integration with nucleus is an added value compared to Maya's stand alone classic hair system. Nucleus makes nHair relatively fast to simulate, and straightforward to setup. Let's explore the capabilities of nHair.

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