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Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: How to create Animation layers By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri takes a look at how to create layers, and shows how to create an animation layer. He creates a layer that has the body of a character, and Creates Layer from Selected. He warns to be careful when you create a layer that you put exactly what you want to animate into those layers. In the clip, he shows how to set a key move it forward and drop the body. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Animation layers By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri takes a look at animation layers, which allow you to place motion on multiple layers and then mix and switch between different types of motion, and also belnd motion together to create all kinds of different effects. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Tweaking nParticles Forces By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri discusses how now with nParticles you don't have to create separate wind, gravity, and other forces separately because it is all built in. George shows you how to set nParticles up to create the wind, gravity and other forces. He also covers the Nucleus tab which defines the forces, such as wind speed and air speed. He also shows how top turn the wind on and off. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Muscle Presets By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri details how to modify muscle behavior and edit those muscles. He shows how to work with muscle jiggle, how to work in the outliner in wireframe mode, and how to set muscle parameters, which allows you to change the way the muscle behaves. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Trimming Layers By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins takes a look at the Trimming project and talks about video editing in After Effects. He shows how to start footage, trim footage, and how to trim the in point of a clip. He also shows how to move a video clip on the After Effects timeline, how to set a video to a layer marker, and how to bring two layers to the beginning of a project. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Maya 2009 New Features: Making Particles Look Different By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri details how to make your particles look interesting and different. He goes through some of the attributes in the particle system to actually show how you can affect the way that it looks. He defines the different tabs in the particle system, such as a spray, nucleus, which is the physics controls of the particle system. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Using nParticles By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri shows how to use nParticles to create a particle system. He covers the nParticle tool, which allows you to place particles one by one throughout the scene. You can also create an emitter, emit from an object, fill an object, all in nParticles. You can create any number of different types, such as points, balls, spheres, and clouds. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: nParticles By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri takes a look at a new feature called nParticles, a brand new particle system that uses the Nucleus Engine, which is the same engine used in Maya's nCloth. nParticles have built in collisions, built in gravity, and a lot of built in forces. nParticles is only available to those who have Maya Unlimited. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Muscle setup How to setup a skeletal deformation system in Maya Muscle
By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri details how to setup a skeletal deformation system in Maya Muscle, similar to what is done with the skin deformer with joints. This is the starting point for Maya muscle, where you crate the skeleton, the basic deformation, and then you add in the muscles. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Flash Browser Tracing On Mac, Windows, and Linux See and hear what your Flash movies (and everyone else's) are doing and saying behind the scenes
By Kevin Schmitt Ah, the simple, venerable trace command. Everyone who has ever written even a single line of ActionScript -- from the newbiest of designers to the most seasoned programming professional -- has doubtless become intimately familiar with this most basic, approachable, and useful command. But love turns to hate if you ever need to see what's going on when your Flash movie is playing in a browser, where seeing a simple trace can rapidly become an exercise in frustration. Fret no longer, fearless readers, as this guide aims to get everyone in on that sweet, sweet browser tracing action. ...Read More »
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