MEL Scripting for Maya Animators (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1558608412
ISBN-10: 1558608419
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"This book fills a huge void of material on learning the MEL Language... A great first step for Maya users who want to make the leap to becoming Maya technical directors."
-Doug Cooper, Digital Supervisor, DreamWorks Feature Animation

"Mel Scripting for Maya Animators is well written for both technical and nontechnical animators. It is an essential tool in making sophisticated animation not only possible, but also practical."
-Henry LaBounta, Senior Art Director, Electronic Arts

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The best introductory book on Maya's scripting language now in a new edition --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics
  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558608419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558608412
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,136,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By zeppocat on January 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mark and Chris have done an enormous service to the Maya animation community by writing this book. I was very impressed, as I reviewed this book prior to its publication, with how well they were able to communicate important programming concepts to an audience that usually has little or no experience with writing code. Many of the chapters will serve as an invaluable reference for future projects, while the examples show how the concepts are applied in the context of specific requirements. There is no other book on the market that specifically teaches this language, even to experienced coders. Animators with absolutely no prior knowledge of programming may buy this book with confidence, knowing it will clearly explain the concepts they need to know to use MEL effectively in their work. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goldfarb on February 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a very clear introduction to the mel scripting language. Often a user will need or want to explore mel to get the most out of Maya, to speed up workflow, repeat tasks more quickly, or achieve complex actions difficult to do in the GUI alone. Those users with programming experience will have little difficulty understanding mel fundamentals from the documentation included with Maya, but those with little or no previous programming experience will have a tough time learning from the documentation alone. Now Maya users of all levels of experience can gain the benefits of mel through the concepts presented in this book, in the form of detailed explanations and dozens of example scipts.
Mark Wilkins and Chris Kazmier have writen an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn mel and get the most out of Maya. I highly recommend it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By O. Perry on December 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Reading the book cover to cover, I found myself obligated to write a review here about it .

I will divide my review to Good and Bad

The bad:

This book is DEFINTLY not for animators, means, it's for programmers, if you are an art person and never seen or heard about programming, this book will be very difficult to learn.

Second. a LOT OF errors!! And I don't mean errors on the text, if you download the files in the site(which should be updated) they contain a lot of bugs!! some times while reading it, I found myself debugging the author CODE!! Outrages!

Third, some of the chapters are not in place!, for example the author start in chapter one using all sorts of parameters and varibale,but only in chapter six he bothers to explain about them

Forth, as mentioned earlier there are chapters on vectors, recursive functions and more, this is for sure not for beginners, and for sure not for persons with out some math background or programming background

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Fifth, there is to much examples on the GUI and less examples on practical things, like moving particles and stuff( there is some of it , but few..)This is sad because some of the examples the author does write are very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg on October 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Not only is this giving you a look at MEL scripting but it is also giving you a course in programming itself. I feel so much more comfortable with Maya now because of the fact I am learning the inner workings of the application. It's almost like learning Flash Actionscripting, you are only scratching the surface if you are just doing basic tweening and moving objects around the screen. Once you learn the scripting side of things, that's when your ability grows beyond basic use of the application.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book did a lot for getting me rolling on Mel. I found though, that even still, I had to do a lot of question asking of people I knew that know MEL. As is the case with most books on topics so complicated, it has a little trouble in the "why" and "would be applied to..." areas, but overall, it is a great buy, and the best resource available for those mentioned in the title. Do you animate? Want to learn about MEL? Pick it up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric S Keller on January 28, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've had a string of bad luck with computer books lately so I was hesitant to get this one but I'm glad I did. The title says it all. I would not encourage people who are new to Maya or people who already know MEL to read this book, but for those of us experienced Maya animators who need a place to start with MEL it's perfect. Very well done and clearly written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Finally a book that goes beyond basic Maya and explores some of the powerful features that allow you to truly achieve total control over the program. There are very few books out there that cover this topic and this one does a very fine job at doing so.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "cheier101" on September 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, I had little experience using MEL scripting for Maya, so picking up this book was what I figured, an excellent way to learn. From the first few chapters, I was already starting to create experimental scripts. This is an excellent book for anyone looking to learn the down and dirty with Maya. Lots of detail and examples to help get you creating your own tools and scripts.
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