Join Aaron F. Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding MEL commands to a shelf, part of Maya: Workflow Tips.
…Everything in Maya is actually a MEL command.…MEL stands for Maya Embedded Language and in fact every button…that you click on issues some MEL command behind the scenes.…And that's because MEL is a scripting language…that was developed for the purpose of writing Maya.…In other words, the scripting language came first and the interface came second.…This means that anything that you can do in Maya…can be turned into a button pretty much.…So for example let's say you wanted to create a bunch of objects that…were all the same size you could do that by just clicking a button.…
Let me illustrate.…Let's create a cone, I'll go to the Create menu and choose polygon primitives, cone.…Then I'll click and drag to set the radius of the cone,…release the mouse and then click and drag upward to set the height.…Now that cone's been built.…There's a history of everything that I just…did and that's stored in the Script Editor.…The Script Editor is button on the extreme lower right hand corner of the interface.…So click on that button, script editor, and it'll launch up.…
AuthorAaron F. Ross
- Managing projects assets
- Versioning scenes
- Importing, exporting, and sending scenes to other applications
- Referencing files
- Populating a master scene with assembly references
- Loading and unloading modules
- Setting options for new scenes
- Customizing Maya's interface
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Asset Management
2. Customizing the Interface
3. User Preferences
4. Working with Scenes
5. Referencing and Scene Assembly
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