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While Maya's cameras offer you a tremendous amount of creative freedom (even more than real-world cameras), their controls can be complex. This course helps you learn how to expertly adjust them. Aaron F. Ross covers viewport display, controlling orthographic cameras, framing shots, editing with the Camera Sequencer, simple and compound camera moves, and many different special effects. Start now and learn how to expertly position and animate cameras in your Maya projects and give your audience a window into your 3D world.
Before we get started in cinematography in Maya, we need to set the Maya project, as always. If you're not a premium subscriber to lynda.com, then you'll want to create a project folder for the course. And if you are a premium subscriber, then you'll want to download the exercise files and then point Maya at that project folder. Let's look at creating a project folder first. Go to the File menu and go to Project Window, and you'll see the default project listed here. It's in my current user's documents Maya projects.
I want to create a new one, and I'm going to call it Maya Cinematography project, and click Accept. And now if I go to File > Open or Save, it will take me directly to that project folder's scenes folder. Alright, so that's what we want to do if we don't have the exercise files. If you do have the exercise files, then you want to set Maya to that project. Go into the File menu and choose Set Project. We want to navigate, it's here on my Desktop Exercise Files.
And we don't want to go into that folder, we just want to select the root level of folder, and click Set. And now, if I go to the File menu and choose Open Scene, it takes me to Desktop, Exercise Files, Scenes. And here are all the scenes for the course. Now, there's one other thing I'd like to mention is that Maya has a little bit of an issue in loading the proper panel layout. And what I recommend to make sure that when you load a scene, that the correct cameras are in the correct panels, is that before you load each scene, you need to follow this process.
Go to the File menu and choose New Scene. And you may get a single panel layout. Just tap the spacebar and make sure you've got the four panel layout. And then once you've done that, when you choose File > Open Scene, hopefully when you open it, the cameras will appear in the correct panels as shown in the video. And that's how we set up a project, use the exercise files, and make sure that the panel layouts load correctly.
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