Maya Particle Effects
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Instancing animation


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Maya Particle Effects

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Video: Instancing animation

In this movie, we are going to now instance a butterfly to some particles. We are going to create a little flock of butterflies. So the first thing that we are going to do is I am goingto take these butterfly wings. This is how kind of how they're animating. A little simple animation. I am going to group this. I'm going to go Edit > Group. I'll call group1 butterGroup, Enter, then I am going to create some particles in my scene.
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2h 8m Intermediate Jun 11, 2009

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Particle effects can be used to create everything from realistic smoke and light to abstract design elements. In Maya Particle Effects, Audri Phillips demonstrates the particles she has found helpful in her work creating dynamic visuals for video games,film and fine art. This course goes deeper than the basics, tackling topics like saving time by reusing MEL expressions, implementing physics to create realistic effects, and manipulating paint effects to give particles the look and feel of an envisioned design. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with particle emitters and fields
  • Instancing paint effects and geometry to particles
  • Using Maya particles to produce graphic design elements
  • Using the relationship editor, creating particle collisions and collision events
  • Creating realistic effects such as smoke by emulating real life physics
  • Rendering and exporting final projects
Subject:
3D + Animation
Software:
Maya
Author:
Audri Phillips

Instancing animation

In this movie, we are going to now instance a butterfly to some particles. We are going to create a little flock of butterflies. So the first thing that we are going to do is I am goingto take these butterfly wings. This is how kind of how they're animating. A little simple animation. I am going to group this. I'm going to go Edit > Group. I'll call group1 butterGroup, Enter, then I am going to create some particles in my scene.

With the Particle tool. Kind of making them far enough apart so that when butterflies are on them, the butterflies won't be running into each other. Enter. Now I am going to select my butterflyGroup. I'm going to open up my Window > Particles > Instancer (Replacement) right here. I'll still call it animButter.

Cycle: None because I want to have the whole group with its animation on them. Position, Position and I am just going to hit Apply. There we have all these butterflies on the particles. Look at them at the whole kind of a flock of butterflies on the particles. So a little disappointing though because the butterflies are all in the same position. Look at that. They are all opening and closing simultaneously. I might not want that to happen. I might want these butterflies to be in different wing positions. So I'm going to show you how to make that happen.

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