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Learn how to create visual effects for 3D animations, film, or television with After Effects, Maya, CINEMA 4D, as well as other compositing packages like Nuke. These courses also show how to create realistic composites, dynamic particle systems, and other special effects.
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MEL Scripting in Maya

    A quick introduction to Maya's MEL (or Maya Embedded Language) scripting, which can help speed up repetitive tasks and give you access to advanced features.

    1h 48m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Dynamic Simulations with Bullet Physics in Maya

    Learn how to set up and direct Bullet simulations for collisions, breakage, and simple cloth effects.

    1h 35m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Cinematography in Maya

    Cinematography in Maya with Aaron F. Ross

    Learn how to expertly control and animate cameras in your Maya projects and give viewers a window into your 3D world.

    3h 43m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Space Scene 01: Maya Animation and Dynamic Simulation

    Learn how to animate and render a professional-looking 3D space scene with Maya.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Hair with Maya nHair

    Learn to create, style, animate, and render realistic hair with Maya nHair.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Matte Painting Essentials 5: Camera Projection in Maya

    Transform a 2D matte painting into a 3D scene, complete with a moving camera, shifting perspective, and an animated background.

    3h 22m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Maya 2014 New Features

    Maya 2014 New Features with Aaron F. Ross

    Introduces the major improvements to Maya 2014, including the new Modeling Toolkit and Paint Effects.

    2h 0m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for VFX Techniques: Creating Explosions with 3D Layers

    Learn to destroy a building with a fireball, using an After Effects 3D environment, Maya dynamic simulations, and matte painted elements.

    3h 21m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Fur in Maya

    Creating Fur in Maya with Aaron F. Ross

    Create, render, and customize fur and hair for your 3D models in Maya.

    1h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Vehicle Rigging in Maya

    Vehicle Rigging in Maya with Adam Crespi

    Learn to rig a car model in Autodesk Maya for use in animation, games, design visualization, and visual effects.

    3h 38m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Fluid Effects in Maya

    Learn to render realistic bodies of water such as ponds and oceans and underwater shots with Maya—essential skills in a visual effects artist's toolkit.

    2h 16m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Liquid Simulation in Maya

    Liquid Simulation in Maya with Aaron F. Ross

    Bring scenes to life by building realistic fluid simulations in Maya, including foam and bubbles, liquid being poured, and volumetric liquid in a container.

    2h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Shader Networks in Maya and mental ray

    Dive deep into the Hypershade window and shader creation with Maya and the mental ray rendering engine.

    5h 28m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photorealistic Lighting with Maya and Nuke

    Demonstrates how to light an object onto a live-action still plate, using Maya, Nuke, and Photoshop.

    2h 24m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Simulations in Maya Dynamics

    Covers the basics of the classic dynamics engine, showing how to build a simulation with passive and active rigid bodies, add attributes like bounce and friction, integrate keyframes, and apply constraints.

    2h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Understanding Maya nCloth

    Understanding Maya nCloth with Aaron F. Ross

    Take an in-depth look at nCloth, Maya's toolkit for simulating high-resolution mesh cloth for 3D characters and animations.

    3h 26m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya Rendering for After Effects Composites

    Discover how to create render passes in Maya, recombine the passes in After Effects, and motion track the passes to live-action video footage that contains a moving camera or a moving character.

    3h 9m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Particle and Fire Effects with Maya

    Shows how to generate stunning special effects simulations in Maya, including exploding fireworks, tumbling snowflakes, and burning flames.

    3h 46m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Natural Environments in Maya

    Shows how to create realistic landscapes, atmospheres, and natural light effects in Maya 2011.

    4h 18m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya Particle Effects

    Maya Particle Effects with Audri Phillips

    Highlights some Maya features including how to reuse MEL expressions as well as how to manipulate paint effects to give particles a final look and feel.

    2h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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