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The Maya guide for animators, How to Cheat in Maya 2012 presents everything you need to know about character animation in Maya. Fully updated for the latest revision of Maya, this book provides you with complete, step-by-step walkthroughs of essential animation techniques to increase your efficiency and speed. This is an animator's workflow in book form, written by professional animators-not a software book with a few animation pointers thrown in.
In addition to all the gold-mine coverage and interviews with expert animators from the previous edition, How to Cheat in Maya 2012 also features a new in-depth chapter on the principles of animation, updated information on camera settings and animation using Maya's new Camera Sequencer tool, the ins and outs of the brand new Editable Motion Trails tool, new techniques for working with characters in multi-shot animation tests and short films, a new cycles chapter covering actions like flying and walks, time-saving scripts, and advanced tricks with the new Graph Editor. The proven "How to Cheat" series gets you up to speed quickly, and in a way that's fun.
How to Cheat in Maya 2012 gives you access to a powerful website (http://www.howtocheatinmaya.com) that includes:
Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone working with Maya.
It takes a while to get the feel for your way around, but fortunately there are many good books and online resources that will help you with this.
The wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques will definitely help you level up the technical aspects of animating within Maya.
A really solid book if you go buy the examples this book has to offer! However keep in mind that a lot of times in the Film and TV industries things will unfortunately never be set... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cash A. Echevarria
This is a very fascinating book about how to make animation shortcuts with Maya. Keep in mind it mostly focuses on motion and not necessarily the creation of the geometry or the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brad Teare
The authors consider all levels of knowledge and give great pointers. I am very happy I got the book, I specially like that it comes with files where you can practice.Published 12 months ago by Dharmita
How to Cheat in Maya 2012 builds on the already excellent 2010 edition of the book. The book starts off with the basics, focusing on the 12 principles of animation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Krishna M. Sadasivam
Not being a natural animator, I need all the help I can get. I love this book so much I read and use all three versions of it as a reference. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Neko Nine
This Maya guide is especially fine for those studying and utilizing character animation. With step by step, easy to follow techniques, it is the perfect book for those in the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by S. Henkels
I got this for my daughter who is an animator. She said that if you are a professional or are an animation student, this book may be helpful. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by S. Peterson
I didn't liked this book so much ..sorry, i'd love to say the opposite and i don't like to write bad or so so reviews.
Know this first of all... Read more
I used to buy "how to cheat" books thinking that the "cheating" part meant going around the process of learning the basics, and skipping to the advanced user level. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by KWJ