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Autodesk Maya 2010: The Modeling and Animation Handbook [Paperback]

Autodesk Maya Press
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August 31, 2009 1897177534 978-1897177532 1
Maya is the industry-leading 3D animation and effects software used in movies, special effects, games, cartoons, short films, commercials, etc. Complex and difficult to learn, the new Maya 2010 features updates to modeling, animation, dynamics, and rendering modules. This invaluable book offers hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques of this fascinating software.

This extraordinary, full-color book presents you with clear step-by-step instructions to projects that enhance your understanding of the modeling and animation stages of production using files from the Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures feature film Roadside Romeo. You’ll learn how to build models with a variety of surface types and then make them move with a range of animation techniques. Instructor-led tutorials are featured on the DVD that will help you grasp best practices from the beginning with the intent of avoiding unnecessary challenges further along in the process.

  • Serves as the next step after you have gained a solid understanding of Maya and you’re ready for 3D modeling and animation
  • Explains polygon and NURBS basics and walks you through modeling a body and head
  • Demonstrates how to work with inverse kinematics, blend shapes, and apply and animate constraints
  • Addresses animating a complete scene, working with lip synching, and using full body IK
  • DVD includes clips from Roadside Romeo, artist interviews, and instructor-led videos

This book-and-DVD combo is essential for 3D modeling and animation.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897177534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897177532
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Look But Crappy Book February 22, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was required by one of my 3d animation classes. after doing several of the tutorials my class mates and i realized that the authors frequently skip steps, have poor image examples, and are hard to learn from. i do not recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for reference and to learn June 26, 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to supplement what I was learning in my classes. I find that the book is well structured, is written clearly and the information is great.

I've used it both to learn from the lessons and as a reference when I can't remember quite how to do something.

I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in learning to use Maya for modeling/rigging/animation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars learning Maya April 28, 2010
By Wolfnin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book for those that are just starting Maya or those getting to know a new version, but if you are wanting to learn Maya and have never used it this book will be hard to fallow.
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