Monthly Archive: March 2015

Mar 29

New Maya tutorial on beginning animation – Part 2

This is part 2 of a two part series for beginning animation in Maya.  This tutorial is geared towards people who are just learning animation in Maya.  It starts with covering how to set keyframes using the autokeyframe feature of Maya.  There are some examples of how you set keyframes on attributes other than transformation …

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Mar 28

New Maya tutorial on beginning animation – Part 1

This is part 1 of a two part tutorial for beginners new to animation in Maya.  Part 1 covers setting up the critical preferences for your animation, how to set and operate the time slider and demos a simple animation that uses manually set keyframes.  This tutorial should help any new Maya user to get …

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Mar 19

Correcting distortion on parented objects in After Effects

  This is a short tutorial that demonstrates the problems you can have with rotated child objects that are parented to a toplevel object that has non-uniform scaling applied.  That is to say that the top level object has been scaled differently in X vs Y.  This usually occurs when someone brings in an object, …

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Mar 08

Material and Shader Basics in Maya – Part 2

This is part 2 of a two part tutorial on working with shaders and materials in Autodesk Maya.  It shows examples of creating dielectric materials, metal materials, glass and some cloth.  It covers how to use the sample info node in Maya to create custom reflection and transparency ramps for Fresnel reflections.  In the cloth …

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Mar 08

Material and Shader Basics in Maya – Part 1

This is part 1 of a 2 part series that covers the basics on materials and shaders in Autodesk Maya.   It starts with discussing how light reacts with a surface and the 3 main types of reflections used in shaders that being diffuse, specular and Fresnel.  It follows up with discussion of the two basic …

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