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Maya Essentials 6: Lights and Rendering
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Maya Essentials 6: Lights and Rendering

with George Maestri

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Hi! I am George Maestri and welcome to Maya Essentials 6 Lights and Rendering. In this course, we're first going to go over the Render Settings menu and also show you some of the differences between the Maya Software renderer and mental ray. Then we're going to go through some lights and lighting. We're going to understand light types as well as things such as shadows and light decay. After that we're going to go through cameras. We're going to create some cameras. We're going to add depth of field and also do some motion blur.

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Maya Essentials 6: Lights and Rendering
1h 52m Beginner Jul 09, 2012

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This installment of Maya Essentials covers the basics of rendering and lighting tools in Autodesk Maya. Author George Maestri goes over the standard renderers and lighting types, and then goes into features such as render layers and advanced lighting. In particular, the course shows how to manipulate lights, add depth of field, and create bokeh effects and reflections—giving your scene just the atmosphere and drama you want.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the Render Settings menu
  • Adding depth map and raytrace shadows
  • Understanding the principle of light decay
  • Creating cameras
  • Using Motion Blur in Maya and mental ray
  • Using Final Gather for natural illumination
  • Rendering transparent materials with caustics
  • Batching rendering
Subjects:
3D + Animation Rendering Lighting
Software:
Maya
Author:
George Maestri

Welcome

Hi! I am George Maestri and welcome to Maya Essentials 6 Lights and Rendering. In this course, we're first going to go over the Render Settings menu and also show you some of the differences between the Maya Software renderer and mental ray. Then we're going to go through some lights and lighting. We're going to understand light types as well as things such as shadows and light decay. After that we're going to go through cameras. We're going to create some cameras. We're going to add depth of field and also do some motion blur.

And finally, we're going to go a little bit deeper into mental ray and show you some of the advanced lighting features of that renderer. We're going to use Final Gather for natural lighting, we're going to turn objects into light sources, and we're going to render some transparent materials with caustics. Let's go ahead and get started with Maya Essentials 6 Lights and Rendering.

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