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In Maya 2011 Essential Training, George Maestri demonstrates the tools and feature set in Maya, as well as the skills necessary to model, texture, animate, and render projects with this deep and robust piece of 3D animation software from Autodesk. This course takes an in-depth tour of Maya's interface, including navigating and manipulating objects in 3D and customizing the workspace. The course also covers object creation and modeling basics, shading and texturing, surface mapping techniques, character rigging, and lastly, rendering and final output. Exercise files accompany the course.
Maya is a very robust program, and as such it has a lot of different options. These actually show up with a lot of different elements on the Maya screen. Now here we have the full Maya interface. You can notice there is a lot of different buttons, which we'll be explaining throughout the course. But before we actually dive into Maya, I do need to make a note about screen resolution. Now at the full screen resolution, which is about 1280 x 1024, 1920 x 1080, basically full screen resolution, you'll see all of the Maya elements.
Now we're actually going to be recording the majority of this course at a slightly reduced resolution, so that way, you can read all of the menu options. Let me show you what it's going to look like. Here we have the screen at 1920 x 1080 or full resolution, where you can see everything. For the majority of the course, so we're actually going to be using 1280 x 720, which will show you almost all of the interface options except for a few. The one that's going to be most noticeable is right here along the left side of the screen, and what we call the toolbar.
Now notice it kind of drops off here at the reduced resolution. If we go to the full resolution version of Maya, you'll notice that below that cutoff point, there are a number of Presets for different screen resolutions. We'll discuss these in the course. These basically, just are different presets for different layouts of the screen. Now typically when I use Maya, I'm actually going to use this four views, and then just switch between that, and that's my normal method of working. So, I'm really not going to be using this too much throughout the course.
So it's not really going to be that big of an issue, but I just want to let you know that we're recording this at a slightly reduced resolution.
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