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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 if you're a lynda.com premium subscriber, you'll have the exercise files to go along with this course. Now this particular course has two sets of exercise files. One is called ExerciseFiles_64bit. The other is called ExerciseFiles_32bit, and now we did this because of MatchMover. If you're using the 64bit version of MatchMover, download the 64bit exercise files. If you're using the 32bit version, download the 32bit version of the exercise files and regardless of which one you've downloaded, go ahead and place it on the desktop and then when I tell you to go into be Exercise Files folder, just go into the one that you've downloaded.
Once you're in the Exercise Files folder, you'll notice we have one folder for each chapter and that contains the assets that you'll need for that particular chapter. So, if you're using the exercise files, go ahead and download those now and place them on your desktop. Now, even when you install files on the desktop, you may encounter situations where a program can't find files that are referenced in a project. So for each of these, you may have to kind of reconfigure the program just to make sure that you find the proper files.
For example, in MatchMover, if you do a File > Open and we go to our Desktop then we go into our Exercise File, let's say we open one of the MMF files. When we do this, we may get an error, like this, which says it Cannot find the following file and what it's looking for is really just a JPEG sequence. So all we have to do is remember that file name, find the JPEG sequence and Open it and then we can proceed with the lesson.
If you're using Maya and you find a situation where your missing files, typically, it will be in the image planes that go along with a file. For example, if I Open a scene such as Building 02 in our Chapter 2 project, you'll notice that it comes in, but we get an error here that we can't load the image file, which is the backing plate for this particular scene. So, in order to load that image plane, all you have to do is go to View > Image Plane and Image Plane Attributes.
And then in your Attribute Editor, it will show up and we can just go here to Image Name and find that file. Now the folders are basically named the same as the Maya files. So here we have Building 02 and we just go to Building Shot, select that and Open it and now we have our scene all put back together. There may also be a situation where Toxik might not be able find your image file. So for example, if we open one of our exercise files, go to the Desktop and, for example, go to Chapter 04 and we select CityShot, one of the things that may happen is that some of these will show up with red Xs.
All we have to do with these is just reconnect them. For example with this one, notice here in the Path what the name of the file is. It's Robot, Robot City. So all we have to do is just reload this file. Click here and again just go to my Desktop, Exercise Files, that same chapter and this one is called Robot, so double-click on that and select that. You'll notice how that asset comes in and then we're going have to do that for each asset.
So this one is called Shadow, so again, we're just going to go to our Desktop, the same chapter, find the Shadow folder and load that and then also one for CityShot, which we can find here and we can just open that. So once we have all of those together you can see how we have that final output.
So, with each of these, it depends on how you set up your desktop, but you may actually have to go and reload the files into the application. With that in mind, let's go ahead and get started.
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