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One of the most powerful 3D applications on the market, Maya 2010, now includes three complimentary bundled applications: MatchMover, powerful camera matching software; Toxik, a node-based compositor; and Backburner, a network rendering manager for Maya, 3ds Max, and Toxik. In Maya 2010: Getting Started with MatchMover, Toxik, and Backburner, instructor George Maestri demonstrates how to use these applications with Maya's existing powerful feature set to create engaging 3D animations. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now that we understand the basics of getting around within Toxik, let's go ahead and actually start creating our own compositions. We can do that by just doing File> New, or Ctrl+N, and this brings up the Create Composition window. Now what this is basically just a file browser that allows us to pick the directory where we want to save the composition file. Now when you create a composition, it actually saves out a file, which has all of your scene data. So, we need to actually scroll through this. Now this is actually not a very Windows or Mac friendly browser, but you get the hang of it here.
So actually I'm going to go to my Desktop and under Exercise Files here, I'm actually going to double-click and go into Chap04 and this is where I'm going to create my composition, and I am just going to call it Comp_01, and if we want, we could actually type in the destination, but it's actually better just to browse to it. And then all we have to do is hit Create. Now once we do that, it adds our first node into our composition and that is the Output node. Now this is basically the output of our final project.
So, if we had a composition network that kind of came in here, this is our final node. This is where our final output is. Now one of the things you need to be aware of, in Toxik, is that we have two places where you can set resolution. If I go down here, you can see I have my Composition resolution here. I can pick my Format, or I can type in the numbers manually. So let's say I wanted this to be high-definition. So I hit the down arrow and find HD 720p, or I can also use the middle mouse button to kind of roll up and down that list.
There is also a scroll bar along the side as well. So, I just want to go ahead and select 720p. Now this is what I'm working on in my composition. So, this is everything that comes up to this Output node. So, if I wanted to, I could actually work in a higher resolution and then output at a lower resolution. But what we want to do is actually just output the same that we're compositing at and typically, that's what you want to do. So, you want to make sure your composition is the same as your output. So, if I click on this Output here or on this tab here, I can, again, set this.
So, I am going to go ahead and make sure that that's at 720p as well and then I'm ready to actually start bringing in footage and start building my composite.
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