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In Maya 2009 New Features, George Maestri demonstrates several breakthrough updates in the latest version of this 3D modeling, rendering, and animation tool. He explores the upgrades to the interface and covers soft selection and other modeling tools. George then delves into more complex new features, including the Asset Manager for organizing objects and nodes within a scene; animation layering to blend, merge, group, reorder, override, and add to preceding layers; Maya Muscle, for creating lifelike skin motion; and nParticles, a new particle system. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now we are going to take a look at a brand new feature in Maya 2009 and that's called nParticles. Now, this particular feature is only available for those who have Maya Unlimited. So if you have that version of Maya you can certainly follow along. Now, nParticles is a brand new particle system and it uses what's called the nucleus engine. What that is, is the same engine that's used for Maya's nCloth, and it's a much faster physics solver, so nParticles has a lot of additional features. They have built in collisions, they have built in gravity and they have a lot of built in forces.
So let's take a look at some nParticles in action here. We have a teapot that's emitting some steam and those are done using nParticles. Now, you can find nParticles here under the nDynamics tab and right here there is an nParticles menu. This has pretty much all that you need. Now, these work pretty much the same as Maya's regular particle system, but they have a lot of additional features and we have the ability to create Emitters, emit from object, so on and so forth.
You can also create Collision Events, and have the particles collide with one another. Let me go ahead and stop that. So let's go ahead and take a look at nParticles in action.
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