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Introduction to Maya 2014

Interface and Workflow with Eric Keller

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Over the past 15 years, Maya has become the leading 3D application used in the film, broadcast and game industries. Hailed for its diverse toolset, Maya excels due to its integration, flexibility and performance in regards to modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, animation, rigging and effects. Designed for the individual new to Maya, this DVD contains over 8 hours of lecture. The essential UI (user interface) is discussed, focusing on the workflow of an experienced user. Learn how to efficiently create, manipulate and organize hierarchies, objects, components and cameras. Many concepts are introduced including the use of Polygons versus NURBS, Maya materials and rendering, The Node Editor, setting up Maya Projects, animation using the Graph Editor, and the fundamental concepts behind how Maya understands your scenes. Customization of the UI is also addressed in order to dramatically improve efficiency and workflow.

  • Interface and Workflow
  • Maya Primitives
  • Objects and Cameras
  • Node Editor
  • Shading
  • Lighting and Rendering
  • Animation Attributes
  • Projects Set up
  1. Basic Interface overview
  2. Maya Primitives: Nurbs and Polygons
  3. Understanding Maya Nodes: Shape and Transform nodes
  4. Manipulating Objects and Display Options
  5. Node Hierarchy
  6. Constraints and the Node Editor
  7. Create Shading Nodes
  8. Lighting and Rendering Basics
  9. Animating Attributes
  10. Customizing the Maya Interface and Marking Menus
  11. Set up Maya Projects

  • Product Code: EKE02
  • ISBN: 1-59762-733-x
  • UPC: 805366018313
  • Duration: 478 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Digital Download

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

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  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Autodesk

Eric Keller

CG artist

Eric Keller has been working as a professional CG artist since 1998, creating animations and images for both the entertainment industry and scientific visualization. Eric has written several acclaimed books on both ZBrush (Introducing ZBrush) and Maya (Mastering Maya), numerous tutorials and articles for leading industry magazines such as 3D Artist and 3D World, as well as creating instructional videos for Pixologic's ZClassroom. He teaches Introduction to Digital Sculpting and Introduction to Maya at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Through his work with the pioneers of scientific visualization at Digizyme, Eric has recently been creating insect models and animated scientific visualizations for the seven volume E O Wilson's Life on Earth iBook series. Eric's professional and personal work centers around taking inspiration from the natural world and the study of comparative zoology.

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"Eric Keller is a master Zbrush artist. Anyone who wants to know Zbrush in depth should buy this DVD! For an in depth understanding Zbrush, look no further than Eric Keller's amazing works. I wish I could Crtl+C, Crtl+V what Eric Keller knows directly into my brain!"

- Jared Krichevsky
Creature Designer at The Aaron Sims Company

"Eric Keller is a Renaissance man. By combining his artists eye, his passion for natural science, and his skill as a teacher he has brought this fantastic DVD to life! Eric easily shifts from exceptional sculpting, to finessing the intricacies of Vray and Maya, to explaining the nuances of the Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera. Its that kind of attention to detail that makes great artists freakin amazing. I am constantly in awe of Eric's breadth of knowledge and skill. We are all fortunate he has chosen to share some of that on DVD! "

- Scott Spencer
Weta Workshop NZ

"Eric Keller is an Invertebrate lover, an animator, an author, ,artist, and the list goes on! His knowledge of all aspects of 3D and his love of the natural world has in my mind made him one of the go to guys in the industry. His passion is what makes him one of the best authors and teachers out there! Eric approaches his work seriously but with a sense of humor and a zest for knowledge. I am constantly surprised and inspired by Eric's ability to make any topic interesting and fun. His new DVD will definitely be one I will watch over and over! "

- Mark Dedecker
Gnomon School of Visual Effects

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