Maya 2011 Essential Training

with George Maestri
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Maya 2011 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 9h 8m Beginner


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.

Topics include:
  • Getting familiar with the Maya interface
  • Organizing scenes
  • Creating hierarchies
  • NURBs modeling for solid objects
  • Adding color to models
  • Applying bitmap textures
  • Working with mental ray materials
  • Polygonal modeling for characters and organic objects
  • Deforming with the Skin tool
  • Setting up lights and cameras
  • Creating realistic effects such as depth of field
  • Working with the Timeline
  • Creating animation cycles
  • Batch rendering
  • Rendering with the mental ray engine
3D + Animation


Hi! I'm George Maestri. Welcome to Maya 2011 Essential Training. Maya 2011 is one of the most popular 3D modeling, rendering and animation packages on the market today. It's used for special effects, character animation and motion graphics for feature films, television, design and games. Maya 2011 Essential Training will give you the skills you need to model, texture, animate and render within this very deep and robust piece of software. First, we'll look at Maya's interface, learn how to navigate and manipulate objects in 3D.

Next, we'll create some objects and learn how to model. We'll start off with polygonal modeling to understand how to build characters and other organic objects. After that, we'll move on to NURBs modeling, which can be used to create vehicles and other solid objects. Maya's shading and texturing tools allow you to add color to your models. I'll show you how to create surfaces that mimic those found in the real world, and use bitmap textures to add in your own images. Maya 2011 has some very robust animation tools that allow you to bring things to life.

I'll first show you how to rig a simple character. Then, we'll animate the character in a short scene using the assets we've created. Finally, we'll look at rendering in Maya. We're learning how to set up lights and cameras, as well as how to create realistic effects, such as depth of field and motion blur. We'll also set up a complete scene for rendering and final output. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started with Maya 2011, Essential Training.

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Q: The Chapter 2 exercise file dog_reference.mb appears blank when opened in Maya. I can't see the dog image. What do I do?
A: Make sure you are working with the most current version of the exercise files for this course from the site. Try downloading the files again. If the image still doesn't appear, make sure the project folder is set to the matching (Chap02) folder in the exercise files.
Also check to make sure you have "hardware texturing" enabled under the viewport's Shading menu.
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