- DVD-ROM: 1 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118465970
- ISBN-13: 978-1118465974
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Learning Autodesk Maya 2013: A Video Introduction 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
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.
A lot of the video is spent covering basics of the Maya user interface, with the specific tasks that are reviewed providing examples to show you how to use the program. The video sequences bring the material to life.
The video provides tons of tips and short cuts on how to complete many related tasks including texturing, lighting and compositing a 3D model. Also included are how-to examples and discussions of photography and rendering. For example, in discussing the most often used object attributes (placement, orientation and size), they show us how to use a nice shortcut, CNTL-A, to toggle between the channel box and the attribute editor.
One of the aspects that is covered in a short and sweet way is animation. Once you have rendered objects, you can animate them within the program to create playback sequences. Without going too deeply into this, they work in a nice coverage of animation throughout the various video segments.
The video sections never reach extremely high level technical discussions. Advanced topics are not covered in-depth. Instead, they seemed to go for wider coverage of animation topics rather than diving deeper into tricky subjects. This is also very light on creative guidance for 3D rendering techniques.
This program is perfect for those looking for how-to knowledge to actually get up and running with Maya. Those who need a strong foundation in the theory behind basic modeling should probably read other books in tandem with this. The companion websites provides additional resources that are nice. But the way that this program was created makes it extremely versatile so that you can store and view these videos on most of your devices, and not just on your computer. This is a great video instruction program and I highly recommend it.
Enter "Learning Autodesk Maya 2013: A Video Introduction." Happily, it's like having a mechanic sitting at your elbow telling you, "sure this program is intimidating as hell, but don't worry, I'll show you where everything is, explain the concepts, and make sure you have your footing so you can find your way."
Make no mistake, this video course is an "introduction". It's not the end all be all of Maya training. But it's not mean to be, which is what makes it great. It's focused. While normally I learn best by reading and studying, I found this video treatment to really help open the doors to Maya and diffuse the mysteries of all things 3D animation. It really helps to see the "how" and "why" demonstrated in a way that encourages you to take a chance and trust the logic of the program that says "if this does this," then "this should do this."
I'm hoping this is just a first is a series and there will be other editions that cover specific functions in-depth in the same expert way that this volume shines an introductory light on what is, perhaps, the best 3D animation program currently on the market.