Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation with Maya

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Teachers: School Of Game Design

About: 4½ hours, 35 lessons, Certificate of Completion

Learn The Fundamentals of 3D Animation Quickly!

Have you ever wanted to become a master 3D modeler or animator? Or are you already a veteran of 3D but want to switch over to the industry's most power 3D software Autodesk Maya? This course is designed to get those completely new to the world's most powerful 3D package up and running as quickly as possible.

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Learn The Fundamentals of 3D Animation Quickly!

Have you ever wanted to become a master 3D modeler or animator? Or are you already a veteran of 3D but want to switch over to the industry's most power 3D software Autodesk Maya? This course is designed to get those completely new to the world's most powerful 3D package up and running as quickly as possible.

Building Your First 3D Scene By Creating An Alien World

We begin this series by introducing you to the basics of the user interface, and how to navigate around 3D space. You will then dive right in and start building and alien world which you will have a spaceship flying through. By the end of this course you will know how to create your own 3D movies with models and environments you have modeled and animated.

This Course Covers The Following Topics

  • Introduction to the Maya user interface
  • Navigating around 3D space
  • Sculpting environments
  • Texturing
  • Working with lights
  • Animation
  • Polygon modeling
  • Working with cameras
  • Creating visual effects like fire and electricity
  • Rendering and exporting animated movies

What are the requirements?

  • For this course you will need a Mac or PC 

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will have a strong understanding of computer animation techniques like modeling, texturing, animation and rendering. You will finish this course by creating a complete 3D tiki hut model. 

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for those who are completely new to computer animation and for 3D artists that want to make the switch over the the industries most powerful animation software.

Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to Maya

Lesson 1: Introduction
This video will introduce you to the powerful 3D modeling and animation package Maya.
Lesson 2: Project Files
Download the project files.
Lesson 3: Download
In this video we will walk you through downloading Maya.
Lesson 4: Install & Run
In this video we will walk you through installing Maya on your system and the initial run process.
Lesson 5: User Interface
In this lesson you will explore the user interface and learn about the necessary tools you will be using.
Lesson 6: Primitives and selection
In this lesson you will work with primitives and the selection options.
Lesson 7: Move, rotate, scale
In this lesson you will learn how to program your object move rotate and scale.
Lesson 8: Navigate viewport
In this lesson you will learn how to navigate easily around your work space.
Lesson 9: Viewport views layout
In this lesson you will learn the use of your different viewport views when modeling and how to manipulate them to best suit what it is you are working on.
Lesson 10: Viewport shading lighting
In this lesson we will learn how to control what is inside of the viewport and how they are rendered.
Lesson 11: Material editor basics
In this lesson we will look at how we can create materials and apply them to our objects in the scene.
Lesson 12: Material editor texture
In this lesson you will learn how to apply a 2D texture image or bitmap image to an object in the scene.
Lesson 13: Material editor workspace
In this lesson we will be continuing to learning more information on how a material is constructed.
Lesson 14: Material Texture UVW
In this lesson were will look at the basics of UV mapping and start tweaking the UV to adjust the textures that are applied to them.
Lesson 15: Render basics
In this video you will learn how to capture a 3D image into a 2D rendered scene.
Lesson 16: Animation basics
In this lesson we will be applying key-frames to start basic animations.
Lesson 17: Animation scene
In this video you will start animating objects in your scene.
Lesson 18: Edit options vertex edge face
In this lesson you will learn the tools you will need to edit the geometry in the scene.
Lesson 19: Mesh
In this lesson you will learn the basic options for the mesh tool.
Lesson 20: Edit mesh
In this lesson you will learn the tools for editing mesh.
Lesson 21: Mesh tools
In this lesson you will go through the modeling tool kit and the options for mesh.
Lesson 22: Hut scene setup
In this lesson you will look at your hut scene and how to get your objects setup.
Lesson 23: Hut wall
In this lesson you will be building your hut wall.
Lesson 24: Hut door
In this lesson you will be building your hut doorway.
Lesson 25: Hut miscellaneous pieces
In this lesson you will be making your miscellaneous items.
Lesson 26: Hut Roof
In this lesson you will be modeling the roof of your hut.
Lesson 27: UVW texture wall
In this lesson you will be applying a material and unwrapping your objects.
Lesson 28: UVW texture roof
In this lesson you will be texturing you roof.
Lesson 29: UVW texture surfboards
In this lesson you will be texturing the surfboards.
Lesson 30: UVW texture miscellaneous items
In this lesson you will be texturing all of your miscellaneous items.
Lesson 31: UVW texture bamboo
In this lesson you will be texturing the bamboo and the base piece.
Lesson 32: UVW texture door
In this lesson you will texture the door.
Lesson 33: Scene layout
In this lesson you will be staging your scene.
Lesson 34: Render image
In this lesson you will be taking a 2D render of your scene as well as an animated render.
Lesson 35: Render animation
In this final lesson you will be rendering out an animated scene.

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What You'll Learn

  1. By the end of this course you will have a strong understanding of computer animation techniques like modeling, texturing, animation and rendering. You will finish this course by creating a complete 3D animated space scene

Requirements

  1. By the end of this course you will have a strong understanding of computer animation techniques like modeling, texturing, animation and rendering. You will finish this course by creating a complete 3D tiki hut model

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