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Maya®: Secrets of the ProsTM

Maya®: Secrets of the ProsTM

John Kundert-Gibbs

ISBN: 978-0-782-14055-2

Aug 2002

366 pages

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In this unique full-color book, a cadre of professionals led by Maya expert and best-selling author, John Kundert-Gibbs, team up to share what they've learned using Maya in the CG trenches.

Contributing authors include veterans of such high-profiles projects as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Star Wars: Episode I, The Perfect Storm, as well as animations featured at SIGGRAPH.

Whether you're new to the field or already have solid 3D experience, Maya: Secrets of the Pros offers insights and step-by-step instructions designed to help you build and sharpen a range of critical skills, including:
* Preparation techniques for modeling and animation
* Improving motion capture and lip synching
* Creating crowd scenes from a small number of base models
* Controlling dynamics in plot-driven sequences
* Developing massively complex particle systems for film effects, such as those in The Perfect Storm
* Modeling subdivision surfaces
* Creating a GUI animation set-up for animators
* Using effective natural lighting
* Writing software for a multi-platform renderfarm
Part One: Beginnings: Modeling.

One: Accelerating the Preproduction Process.

Two: Modeling a SubDivision Surface Horse.

Three: Organixэodeling by Procedural Means.

Part Two: Putting Things in Motion: Animation.

Four: Animation and Motion Capture-Working Together.

Five: Lip-Synching Real-World Projects.

Part Three: The Numbers Game: Dealing with Complex Systems.

Six: Creating Crowd Scenes from a Small Number of Base Models.

Seven: Taming Chaos: Controlling Dynamics for Use in Plot-Driven Sequences.

Eight: Complex Particle Systems.

Nine: Creating a Graphic User Interface.

Part Four: Endings: Surfacing and Rendering.

Ten: Effective Natural Lighting.

Eleven: Distributed Rendering.


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An online reference may use up some disk space, but if you select the material carefully, an online reference can be invaluable in providing a direction for the crew.