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Autodesk Maya 2012 -- Includes 1 year Autodesk Subscription

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Product Features

  • A CG Pipeline in the Box. Autodesk Maya 2012 software offers a comprehensive CG pipeline in the box with powerful modeling, simulation, animation, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing. capabilities.
  • Advanced Simulation Capabilities Maya offers extensive simulation tools for creating high-quality, realistic fluid, particle, cloth, fur, hair, rigid and soft-body dynamics.
  • Believable Characters Used to help create villains and heroes like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Na'vi from AVATAR.
  • 3D Editorial - Maya offers 3D editorial capabilities with the Camera Sequencer, which features a Sequencer Playlist, support for multi-track audio, and interoperability with popular non-linear editing (NLE) applications like Apple Final Cut Pro software
  • Performance- Maya is engineered to help handle today's increasingly complex data sets without slowing down the creative process.
  • Includes one year of Autodesk Subscription which gives you a wide range of maintenance and support services designed to help you minimize costs, increase productivity, and make the most of your investment in Autodesk software.
  • 3D animation software delivers an end-to-end creative workflow
  • Tools for animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, and compositing
  • Viewport 2.0 enhancements; node-based render passes; editable motion trails
  • Toolsets for previsualization and games prototyping; improved pipeline integration
  • Sequencer enhancements; substance procedural textures; craft animation tools

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  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B005Y355HG
  • Item model number: 657D1-05511C-BR01
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 7, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,666 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Product Description

Autodesk Maya 3D animation software delivers an end-to-end creative workflow with comprehensive tools for animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. Whether you work in film, games, television, or web and multimedia production, Maya offers state-of-the-art toolsets, combined into a single affordable offering designed to meet today’s demanding production requirements. Maya 2012 delivers new toolsets for previsualization and games prototyping, extended simulation capabilities; and improved pipeline integration.

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Autodesk Maya 2012

Autodesk Maya 3D animation software delivers an end-to-end creative workflow with comprehensive tools for animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. Whether you work in film, games, television, or web and multimedia production, Maya offers state-of-the-art toolsets, combined into a single affordable offering designed to meet today's demanding production requirements. Maya 2012 delivers new toolsets for previsualization and games prototyping, extended simulation capabilities, and improved pipeline integration.

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Viewport 2.0 enhancements, including full-screen effects. View larger.
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Convenient node-based render passes.
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Editable motion trails provide a faster and easier way to fine-tune motion animation. View larger.
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Sequencer enhancements. View larger.
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Library of 80 Substance procedural textures. View larger.
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Craft animation tools. View larger.
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Enhanced workflows. View larger.
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New simulation options--create compelling dynamic effects in less time. View larger.
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Key Features and Benefits

With a high-fidelity, high-performance viewport, the new ability to create node-based representations of render passes, an expanded camera sequencer toolset, and new camera rigs, artists gain new tools to help explore, refine, and present their ideas prior to final production, while editable motion trails offer an enhanced animation experience. Moreover, with new physics solvers, together with further development of the Nucleus unified simulation framework and its modules, artists can create a wider range of convincing effects in less time. And, with single-step interoperability and a more consistent f-curve editor with other Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites products; a redesigned Pythonic API; and added support for vector displacement maps, Maya 2012 is more easily integrated into production pipelines.

Viewport 2.0 Enhancements

The high-performance viewport introduced with Maya 2011 now offers full-screen effects: motion blur, depth-of-field, and ambient occlusion, enabling artists to evaluate their work in a higher fidelity environment and without needing to render or export to a game engine. In addition, Viewport 2.0 now provides component and manipulator display to support modeling workflows, together with batch rendering capabilities, and a high-performance API.

Node-Based Render Passes

Create and edit node-based representations of render passes directly within Maya 2012, and render the composited output directly through the mental ray renderer. A powerful tool for verifying and refining render passes prior to handing them to the compositor, node-based render passes also enable artists to perform certain simple compositing tasks without leaving Maya.

Editable Motion Trails

Edit animation directly in the viewport without the need to switch context to the graph editor, with new editable motion trails that provide a faster and easier method for fine-tuning motion animation. Animators can intuitively edit the position and timing of keyframes in relation to the animated object, while viewing the path of motion over time in 3D space, resulting in a smoother, more productive workflow.

Sequencer Enhancements

First introduced in Maya 2011, the Camera Sequencer is now extended to offer a Sequencer Playlist--enabling artists to manage their sequences through a configurable spreadsheet view that provides the ability to reorder clips, edit In and Out points, and change camera assignments--together with support for multi-track audio and the new ability to output multiple shots as a single sequence for easier game cinematic rendering or export to a game engine.

Substance Procedural Textures

Achieve a vast range of look variations with a new library of 80 Substance procedural textures. These dynamic, resolution-independent textures have a tiny disk space footprint, and can be exported to certain game engines via the Substance Air middleware offering (available separately from Allegorithmic SAS). Alternatively, textures can be quickly converted to bitmaps for rendering. Some examples of dynamically editable and animatable parameters are: brick distribution, surface aging, and mortar thickness in a brick wall; pupil size, eye color, and extent of veining in an eye texture; and the age, roughness, curb borders, and lane markings of a street texture.

Craft Animation Tools

Easily create believable, complex camera movements that mimic real-world set-ups, with four new camera rigs from the Craft Director Studio animation tool. Use a joystick to record real-time input while driving the camera; stabilize turbulent or unnatural camera movements; add shakiness to an existing animated camera; or smoothly transition or instantly cut between different camera views and settings. Also included are four pre-rigged models--two cars, and two airplanes--that can be used to simulate complex vehicle motion, including terrain recognition, for previsualization or in-game cinematics.

Enhanced, Consistent Graph Editor

An enhanced Graph Editor takes some of the best features from the f-curve editors within the products of the Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suites 2012, and combines them into a toolset that offers more consistent functionality and terminology--enabling animators to switch more easily between products. Maya users gain a new Auto-tangent type that automatically adjusts tangents when keys are moved, preventing overshooting; the option to sync what's displayed in the Timeline and Graph Editor with what's selected in the Channel Box; an Isolate Selection option that restricts the display to only the selected curves; and a Region Tool for easier scaling of animation keys in time and value.

New Simulation Options

Create compelling dynamic effects in less time, with new simulation options that incorporate industry-leading technology into Maya. Now artists can leverage the multi-threaded NVIDIA PhysX engine* to create static, dynamic, and kinematic rigid-body simulations directly in the Maya viewport, and gain the ability to match a runtime solution. And highly-realistic shattering simulations with multiple interacting materials are more easily achievable, with the help of the newly included Digital Molecular Matter plug-in from Pixelux Entertainment.
*Available with Autodesk Maya 2012 Windows platform only.

Nucleus Enhancements

Further development of the Nucleus unified simulation framework and its associated modules delivers improved liquids simulation with new pouring, splashing, and boiling effects; multi-threaded nParticle collisions and nCloth self-collisions for faster performance; and a range of easy-to-use, customizable effects (fire, smoke, bomb, dust trail, fireworks, laser, melt, snow, sparks, and tears) that can be assigned to an object as easily as assigning a shader.

Other New Features

Autodesk Maya 2012 software also has the following key features:

Single-Step Suites Interoperability

Take better advantage of the full range of 3D tools in the Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Standard 2012 and the Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2012, with new single-step interoperability. Use Single-Step workflows to directly move 3D data between Maya 2012, Autodesk MotionBuilder 2012 software, Autodesk Mudbox 2012 software, and the Interactive Creative Environment (ICE) of Autodesk Softimage 2012 software.

HumanIK Enhancements

Working with characters is now easier in both Maya 2012 and MotionBuilder 2012, with an enhanced interface and unified solver for HumanIK technology (formerly implemented as FBIK in Maya). The unified solver offers more consistent workflows--thanks to new Character Controls and graphical Characterization UIs in Maya--and improved interoperability between the products. In addition, customers who use the Autodesk HumanIK 4.5 or 2012 middleware solution will benefit from improved animation consistency between Maya and their game engine.

Vector Displacement Map Support

With new support for Vector Displacement Maps (VDMs) in Maya 2012, artists can use mental ray to render complex high-resolution details created in Mudbox or certain other packages on low-resolution geometry. VDMs can represent directional displacements that do not simply follow the surface normal: for example, forms with appendages, undercuts, folds, and bulges, such as a human ear.

Motion Capture Samples

Leverage the advanced motion retargeting capabilities of Maya 2012, with 70 motion capture samples that provide useful starting points for creating previsualizations and developing character animations. Utilizing the Autodesk FBX 2012 asset exchange format, the samples can be shared between applications in the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites.

Python API Enhancements

Programmers familiar with Python scripting language can now enjoy easier and more powerful ways to extend and customize Maya, thanks to an improved Python API that offers more idiomatic (pythonic) command writing capabilities (for example: MScriptUtils are eliminated, while the Maya array type becomes a fully functional Python sequence), and is up to three times faster.

Top Reasons to Buy Autodesk Maya

1. A CG Pipeline in the Box

Autodesk Maya 2012 software offers a comprehensive CG pipeline in the box with powerful modeling, simulation, animation, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing capabilities. Maya is used by leading artists to help create innovative entertainment, and both Maya and its developers have garnered numerous awards for technological innovation including three Academy Awards.

2. Advanced Simulation Capabilities

Maya offers extensive simulation tools for creating high-quality, realistic fluid, particle, cloth, fur, hair, rigid- and soft-body dynamics. Engineered by leading research scientists, the Academy Award winning Maya Fluid Effects as well as the Maya software's Nucleus Unified Simulation Framework are designed to help make simulations more realistic. In addition, you can now leverage the multi-threaded NVIDIA PhysX engine to create static, dynamic, and kinematic rigid-body simulations directly in the Maya viewport.

3. Believable Characters

Maya features industry-leading tools for creating compelling CG characters. Used to help create villains and heroes like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Na'vi from AVATAR, Maya features highly customizable rigging tools, advanced muscle deformation and skinning tools, full-body inverse kinematics (FBIK) and the ability to more smoothly blend forward and inverse kinematics.

4. 3D Editorial

Maya offers 3D editorial capabilities with the Camera Sequencer, which features a Sequencer Playlist, support for multi-track audio, and interoperability with popular non-linear editing (NLE) applications like Apple Final Cut Pro software. Ideal for editing 3D animation for previsualization or virtual moviemaking, the Camera Sequencer enables you to more precisely manage framing and timing of CG shots and play them back for review.

5. Performance

Maya is engineered to help handle today's increasingly complex data sets without slowing down the creative process. It does this through multi-threading, algorithmic tuning, sophisticated memory management, GPU optimizations, tools for segmenting scenes and 64-bit support for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. Moreover, a high-performance viewport enables you to interact with your scene in a higher fidelity environment, helping you make better creative decisions in context.

6. Improved Pipeline Efficiency

Maya Assets help you better manage large and complex scenes and collaborate more effectively with others. Move 3D assets through your pipeline more efficiently with Autodesk FBX 2012 data exchange technology. And take advantage of single-step workflows with Autodesk Mudbox 2012 software, Autodesk MotionBuilder 2012 software, and the Interactive Creation Environment (ICE) of Autodesk Softimage 2012 software.

7. Highly Customizable

Maya offers multiple avenues for customization for companies wishing to integrate 3D tools more tightly into their pipeline, or to more easily add specialized production tools. It was built from the ground-up with the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) and also offers Python scripting as well as an extensive, well-documented C++ API. Developers can now, also create interface components more easily with Qt Designer.

8. Easy to Learn

From the first-class Autodesk training and documentation that comes with Maya, to the breadth of partner and third-party books, DVDs, tutorials and training facilities, there are numerous resources to match anyone's learning style. Tap into one of the largest online communities of 3D professionals and enthusiasts to share information and knowledge.

9. Make the Most of Your Mac

With Maya, Mudbox and now Autodesk Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X software all optimized for Apple's 64-bit OS, you can get the most out of your Mac. Autodesk offers a set of high-end digital production tools for creative professionals from digital sculpting through 3D animation to high quality editorial and creative finishing.

10. A Global Community

The extensive Maya online community, including the AREA, provides an invaluable resource for everyone--from students learning the application to artists looking for some expert advice for a challenging project. Visit AREA at area.autodesk.com.



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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Stable as Yet January 7, 2012
I Love the new features of maya 2012 but even with the latest version of 2o12 that I downloaded the product crashes so often. I keep having to go back and start over again from where I last saved off. This program is not stable. I also have maya 2010 and i dont have or ever had any of these stability issues. I purchased the program for my company. We are in the process of producing a 3d animation film and I thought the new features of maya would help speed up production. Well at this rate I am wanting to go back to 2010 just for stability. Maya 2010 beats this version hands down in terms of stability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autodesk Maya March 11, 2012
Let's face it this program is absolutely phenomenal and easy to use, however it's almost $4,000 dollars by the time your done. However as an animator and special effects artist whose in college at a high debt I can't afford it but it's a must have program I need for my courses.

What Amazon doesn't tell you is IF you are a student, teacher, or faculty staff THE PROGRAMS ARE ENTIRELY FREE. Yes at first I doubted this myself however it's actually true. All you have to do is go through the sign up phase, and type in your college ID so they can verify it. Then they send you a conformation email and you click the link. There are no credit cards required, updates are included, and they do give you the serial numbers etc. It can take an hour to download and does not require a DVD R disk like Microsoft's website does.

Tutorials are also provided and are free. [They tend to pop up when the program starts up.]
Trust me this is an awesome program, and on the site 30 other programs are free to students etc and you don't have to worry about paying for a yearly subscription either.

Here are the other programs that are free and other information off the autodesk site:

Important Note :The Autodesk Student Version software incorporates all the functionality of our professional licenses, but includes a print banner making the software inappropriate for professional, commercial, or for-profit purposes. Autodesk Student Version software may not be used in the classroom or lab for instructional purposes, or for commercial or for-profit purposes. Annual licenses of Autodesk student software are not eligible for product upgrade or transfer to a commercial license. View print banner sample.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now Ready for Prime Time but don't skimp on the System February 28, 2012
If you have skills in Open GL or Python, you'll love this version of Maya! Our ClassPros division uses animation in educational e-learning courses and broadcasts, and getting to Python source code with a couple clicks greatly increases the flexibility of this version. If you're a student, you can get significant discounts on all animation software. Python is worth learning, as much of the current new AI web 2.0 work is in Python. This is a good starting point: Programming Python

There were numerous complaints at launch that this release wasn't ready, with beta crash and freeze problems. ClassPros first ran it on megapowered alienware, but this latest release (Spring 2012) runs fine as long as you have a powerful system with 64 bit PRO (not home) windows, a topnotch graphics card, and an I7 processor. This can be as inexpensive (compared to the $15,000 alien system) as an HP Pavilion HPE h8qe (eg. HP Pavilion HPE h8qe Customizable Desktop with 2nd Gen. IntelCore i7-3820 - 3.6 GHz, 15MB Shared).

This (systems) platform will cost you from $800 to $1,600 depending on whether you add a blu ray burner, extra drives, etc. Student discounts are also available for Windows, but the upgrade from 64 home to 64 pro is about $200, or about $80 for the upgrade from home. It is available here: Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade (Home Premium to Professional) [Online Code].

If you're a beginner to Maya, or a pro with other experience and just getting into it, here are our three favorite references: 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Maya yet September 23, 2013
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This version/upgrade of Maya is the best one yet. Major improvements in the workflow and the node-based render. This is my 4th version update and it is by far the best. Good speed and much cleaner GUI. It feels solid and I've had no system crashes which is also notable for a major program update.

I am running Maya 2014 on a MacPro and MacBook Pro with OSX 10.8.x and 16GB of RAM in both.
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