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Learning Autodesk Maya 2013: A Video Introduction Multimedia DVD – November 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118465974 ISBN-10: 1118465970 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • DVD-ROM: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118465970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118465974
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eight Hours of Expert Maya 2013 Instruction

Learn Autodesk Maya 2013 with this high-definition video that features expert, step-by-step instruction viewable on laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Follow along and practice with downloadable tutorial files as you learn. You also get access to a streaming version that can be viewed from any computer with a browser and an Internet connection.

Master these topics and more

  • Basic polygonal and subdivision modeling
  • Modeling with NURBS primitives and objects
  • Applying materials and lighting
  • The fundamentals of 3D animation
  • Character rigging essentials
  • Maya and mental ray shading
  • Realistic lighting and rendering

About the Author

Dariush Derakhshani is an award-winning visual effects supervisor and author who has worked on The Fantastic Four, Pan's Labyrinth, the South Park TV series, and more. Ellery Connell is a professional artist, 3D designer and modeler, and animator. Clients have included CBS, Simon & Schuster, and Star Trek Magazine. video2brain has been helping people upgrade their skills with world-class video training for over 10 years.


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It's a great intro to the program.
Celeste Thoms
All things concerned, it is one of the cheapest and best ways to learn about a program that will give you a marketable skill.
Andre Lawrence
This introduction to Autodesk Maya 2013 is a fabulous introduction to this 3D image-making software.
Virgil Brown

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Learning Autodesk Maya 2013: A Video Introduction is an introductory training video on Autodesk Maya 2013. It is a basic how-to video training program. It provides task-based training on basic skills such as rendering common shapes and adding frequently used textures.

PREREQUISITES

There is no need for prior experience with 3D modeling, rendering and animation. While it can never hurt, the videos seem to follow a logical linear progression that makes them easy enough to follow. Once they get past the basics, however, they quickly delve into various how-to topics for using the program's various features.

EXTRAS

In addition to various online resources, this program also comes with the ability to stream these training videos online. There are also code examples included to correspond to the various topic sections.

FORMAT AND PORTABILITY

One of the coolest features of this program is the way it is actually designed. It has the basic DVD-ROM interface, so you can use it on your computer. But all the video files are MP4s. That allows you to review the videos on any DVD player or Bluray player with MP4 playback capability. It also allows you to easily add these videos to your tablet or mobile devices, such as an iPod Touch or a smartphone. This is a great feature that a lot of these training videos make it difficult to leverage. They did a great job with the way they authored this program.
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The Lord of The Rings (The entire trilogy)
Spiderman
Star Wars, Ep. 2
Gladiator
What Dreams May Come
The Hulk
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
The Lost Thing
The Gruffalo
Black Swan....

These are some of the Academy Award nominated and winning films that have used Maya extensively in its productions.

The importance of this software cannot be overemphasized. It is essential to film as Photoshop is to print media.

Presently, a single licensed version for Maya is about $3700 and a full suite $6900 and with a subscription that entitles you to software upgrades and tech support runs $10G. So, Maya is not cheap.

But, know this costly and high-end software will enable one to have the skills to work on television to feature film animation.

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When personal one-on-one instruction is not available, the best way to learn any software is the "classroom-in-a-book/ disk" style.

This is where material and lessons are laid out and as the lesson progresses you work right along with it, stopping and reviewing or perhaps going through the lesson again for reinforcement. You're learning visually as well as by tactile.

This is fundamentally different than just tutorials or even glossary-type books (think "Dummies") where there is no legitimate way to gauge your progress.

This is where a program like the "Learn Maya 2013" comes in because you have a 8-hours of a virtual classroom where instructors Darius Derakhshani and Ellery Connell introduce a very good overview of Maya and what Maya is capable of doing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MKinz on April 8, 2013
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I consider myself a new beginner to Maya, but not so new to 3D modeling and animation. I have followed many of the tutorials on Lynda.com for Maya and they have been great. That is the only other training I have used for the Maya product, so that is the only comparison I can make. However, I do know that to purchase private training is extremely expensive, not to mention purchasing the Maya software. The software alone is extremely expensive. Since it is such a powerful program, I don't think a short video like this can do it justice. But, it did serve it's purpose by providing a great overall view of the product. I felt it provided enough basics that I can now delve into each feature more thoroughly. It also gave me enough confidence that I can just start playing with the software and try out all the functionality. The video is very easy to watch in short little snippets, which is great for me. With my busy work schedule I seem to be grabbing time here and there. So, the way this video is set up is really easy to use. I also liked that I could download the MP4 files to my iPad and watch those on the go as well. That was a great feature. Overall, I thought the authors did a great job, in a short period of time, for such a robust subject. So, I would recommend this as a starting point with the plan to move on to more advanced training later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruno VINE VOICE on March 3, 2013
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I am the type of person who always learns more from watching someone do something, rather than reading it purely out of a book. You get the sense of workflow and technique much more easily.

This is a computer dvd with a nice clean PC interface. It is easy "restore down" the size of the interface and work right along side of the video with maya open. On the disc is project work files to follow right along.

This video touches on all the basics...interface, poly modeling, mesh smoothing, nurbs, texture/materials, lighting, animation and lastly they get into tweaking mental ray render engine.

The dvd has a way to bookmark where you currently are which makes coming back later much easier. They also have an option for you to sign up for free on their website (for owners of this disc) and watch this video series online.

Overall, if you are a new comer to Maya and someone like me who is a visual learner... this DVD is a great place to start. It gives you all the basics you will need to get going and become a functional user in Maya.
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