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Maya 2018 Essential Training

Visualize animation

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  • Course details

    Learn to create high-quality 3D models and animations in Maya 2018. This course covers the core Maya skills—modeling, texturing, rendering, and animation—within a real-world, project-based workflow. The techniques you'll learn here translate equally well to film, motion graphics, game design, and animation.

    First explore the basics of the Maya interface, including selecting and manipulating objects, organizing scenes, and customizing the interface. Next, learn about polygonal modeling, creating and refining meshes, sculpting, and working with NURBS surfaces. Once you understand modeling, discover how to create and apply materials—adding color, texture, and reflectivity to your creations. Then integrate cameras, lighting, and effects into the rendering process, and leverage the new Arnold for Maya renderer. Last but not least, instructor George Maestri show how to add movement and life to your work with Maya's animation tools.


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  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] When you animate objects, there are many times when you'll need to visualize your animation to see a little bit more clearly how your object is moving through the scene. So Maya has a number of different tools and they're all located under the Visualize menu in the Animation menu set. So probably the easiest one to understand is called ghosting. Now what we can do is we can actually ghost an object so that way it kind of overlays the previous frames onto the current frame. Now if we go into Ghost Selected, we can also select the options for that, and we can use what are called Global preferences or we can do Custom frame steps. We could do Custom key steps or only Keyframes. Now I'm going to leave it at Global preferences, and let's go ahead and select this rocket body and ghost it. Now when I do, notice how it overlays that animation so that way I can kind of visualize how it is going. Now if I want to get rid of this, I can go back into the Visualize menu, I can do…

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