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UK Autodesk Maya Training Programme. Brought to you by Autodesk Education & Teach Design. 2 Day training event Day 1. Two Day Teacher Education and Development. Overview of day 1. Introduction to the environment 2d Nurbs Curves 3d Nurbs Curves Polygon Modelling

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Uk autodesk maya training programme

UK Autodesk Maya Training Programme

Brought to you by Autodesk Education & Teach Design

2 Day training eventDay 1


Uk autodesk maya training programme

Two Day Teacher Education and Development

Overview of day 1

  • Introduction to the environment

  • 2d Nurbs Curves

  • 3d Nurbs Curves

  • Polygon Modelling

  • Creating a character using polygons

  • Blend shape deformers


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List of Assets

Video Tutorials

Before we begin, you will need access to all video tutorials, and example outcomes.

Video 1 – Intro to Nurbs modelling

Video 2 –Nurb modelling 3d shapes

Video 3 - Polygon Tools

Video 4 – Character Creation 1 - Body

Video 5 – Character Creation 1 - Eye

Video 6 – Character Creation 1 – Eye lids

Video 7 – Character Creation 1 - Mouth

Video 8 – Blend shape deformers

Video 9 – Setting up Animations and paths

Video 10 – blend shapes sequence keyframing

Video 11 – Cameras

Video 12 – Cameras keyframe

Video 13 – Cameras Sequencing

Video 14 – Lights

Video 15 – Materials


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Introduction

Our task today is to model a character, explore alternative approaches where possible, and establish you as a competent user of the software.Go to the start menu, and under Autodesk, select the software option:


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Starting the Software – interface, start procedures, saving your work

Things to set before we start:


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Starting the Software – interface, start procedures, saving your work

Set the project file location:

Set the undo to infinite:


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Features of the Maya environment – Ribbon,

Menus

Menu Sets

Status line

Shelf

Panel toolbar

View cube

Navigation bar

Qwerty Tool box

Workspace

Quick Layout buttons

Layers

Play back

Time Slider

Range Slider


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The Create tab – Creating Nurbs models

Construct Nurbs surfaces using Nurbs Primitives or by Nurbs Curves

You will use:- NurbsPrimatives- CV Curve Tool (control Vertex)- EP Curve Tool (Edit Point)- Bezier Curve Tool


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2d sketching – Using Nurbs Curves

We will now go through 4 different ways of sketching using the Nurbs creation tools

Nurbs Primitives

CV Curve Tool

EP Curve Tool

Bezier Curve toolEach of these techniques will take you through how to use standard settings and go into the settings dialogue box to set your own preferences

After each demo, attempt to use each technique with the support of the video. Each video has sound (headphones might be applicable for students) which will talk you through the steps.

Video 1 – Intro to Nurbs modelling


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3d sketching – Using Nurbs Curves

We will now go through 4 different ways of sketching 3d models using the Nurbs creation tools

Extrude

Loft

Rotate

Using an image planeEach of these techniques will take you through how to use the tools to produce a 3d form

After each demo, attempt to use each technique with the support of the video. Each video has sound (headphones might be applicable for students) which will talk you through the steps.

Video 2 –Nurb modelling 3d shapes


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The Create tab – Creating Polygon models

Construct 3d shapes using polygon Primitives

Video 3 - Polygon Tools

  • You will use:- Polygon Primitives- Edge, Face and vertex selection- Extrude- Bevel

  • Wedge Face

  • Merge

  • Merge Vertex

  • Polycount

  • Bridge

  • Combine and Separate


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Break for Lunch

Having used all the creation toolsWhen we return we will concentrate on using the tools to create a simple character for animating.Once we have this in place, we can discuss extension tasks to today’s learning, including;- Project Pinocchio for character creation- Importing simple characters- Mapping standard moves from the Visor


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Character Creation– Using Polygon Modelling tools

In this session we are going to look at how we can use some of the Polygon modelling tools that we have already used, plus learn further mesh editing tools

  • Additional Features covered:

  • - Attribute Editor- Channel Editor- Insert Edge loop - Select loop- Material Attributes- Booleans – Union, Intersection, Difference- Using the Outliner and Panels- Parent and child

  • Hypergraph panel

  • Interactive Split tool

Video 4 – Character Creation 1 - Body

Video 5 – Character Creation 1 - Eye

Video 6 – Character Creation 1 – Eye lids

Video 7 – Character Creation 1 - Mouth


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Blend shape deformers – Use to set up facial expressions

To help us with setting up facial expressions for our animation we are going to set up some Blend shape Deformers for our character.

Features covered:

- Lock selected- Duplicate- Duplicate with transform- Duplicate special- ‘g’ short cut command- Hide selection

Video 8 – Blend shape deformers


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Summary on Maya skills learnt so far

Today you have:

  • Learnt about the User Interface including the; Primary Environment; UI Navigation/Interaction; Graphics Window Display and Navigation Control

  • Applied 2D tools including; Creating 2D Nurbs curves; CV Curves; EP Curves; Bezier Curves; Modify Curves; Different properties of Nurb curves.

  • Created 3D features using 3d Nurbs modellingincluding: Extruding, lofting, Revolving and using an image plane.

  • Created 3D features using Polygon tools including: Extruding, Bevelling, Wedge face, Merge, Bridge, combine and seperate

  • Used Polygon modelling using the following: Insert Edge loop, Select loop, Material Attributes, Booleans – Union, Intersection, Difference, Using the Outliner and Panels, Parent and child, Hypergraph panel, Interactive Split tool

  • Learnt how to set up Blend shape deformers.


Uk autodesk maya training programme

UK Autodesk Maya Training Programme

Brought to you by Autodesk Education & Teach Design

2 Day training eventDay 2


Uk autodesk maya training programme

Two Day Teacher Education and Development

Overview of day 2

  • Setting up animations and animation paths

  • Keyframe animation of Blend shape deformers

  • Using Cameras

  • Keyframing cameras and sequencing

  • Lights

  • Materials


Uk autodesk maya training programme

Setting up Animations and Animation Paths

In this session we are going to look at how we can use a curve to set up a motion path, how to set the playback time and how to use keyframes.

Additional Features covered:

- Time line- Playback area- Playback preferences- Motion Path- Hide- Key selected- Keyframes- Break Connections

Video 9 – Setting up Animations and paths


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Keyframe animation of Blend shape deformers

In this session we are going to look at how we can use out blend shape deformers and lock different expressions at different points in our sequence using keyframes.

Additional Features covered:

- Time line- Key all using the blend shape deformers menu- Key feature using the channel box editor

Video 10 – blend shapes sequence keyframing


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Using Cameras

In this session we are going to look at how we can use cameras to shoot different sections of our animation.

  • Additional Features covered:

  • - Safe Action- Safe Title- Tumble

  • - Track

  • Dolly

  • Camera

  • Camera and aim

  • Camera, aim and up

  • Camera parenting to character

  • Clip Planes

  • Background colour

Video 11 – Cameras


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Break for Lunch

  • Having set up our cameras and animation paths.When we return we will concentrate on Keyframing cameras and sequencing the shots, adding different Lights to our scenes and adding materials.

  • We will then round up the two day course with a review of what we have learnt, and take the ACU exam.

  • After we can discuss how to work with students and groups of students using these resources and discuss other projects available.


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Keyframecameras and sequencing

In this session we are going to look at how we sequence our cameras to create an animation.

Additional Features covered:

- Animation editor

- Camera sequencer- Create shot

- Playblast

Video 12 – Cameras keyframe

Video 13 – Cameras Sequencing


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Lights

In this session we are going to look at how we can add different light effects into our scene.

  • Additional Features covered:

  • - Turn all light off

  • IPR renderer

  • Ambient light

  • Render settings window

  • Light attribute editor

  • Directional light

  • Point light

  • Spotlight

  • Look through selected

  • Area light

  • Depth Map shadows

  • Ray trace shadows

Video 14 – Lights


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Materials

In this session we are going to look at how we can add different Material effects to objects in our scene.

  • Additional Features covered:

  • - Hypershade

  • Common Material Attributes

  • 2d textures

  • 3d textures

  • Checkerbox

Video 15 – Materials


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Other points new to the 2014 ACU

These are some new items that have been added to the ACU test that were not originally on the 2012 Certified user coverage

The root joint is the highest joint in a skeleton’s hierarchy. A skeleton can have only one root joint. You can move and orient the entire skeleton in world space by translating and rotating the root joint


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Other points new to the 2014 ACU

These are some new items that have been added to the ACU test that were not originally on the 2012 Certified user coverage

HumanIK tools in Maya provide a complete character keyframing environment with full body and body part keying and manipulation modes, auxiliary effectors and pivots, and pinning.

IkFk Control

Lets you manipulate and key the joints of a joint chain that has an animated IK handle. In addition to being located in the local IK Handle Attributes, IkFk Control is also present in the global skeleton settings 


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Discuss and Review – what have we covered, what are the alternatives

This is your opportunity to bring everything together and summarise what we have achieved.

This would be an ideal opportunity to share some of the individual work you have achieved, allow the whole group to see the range of different solutions you have arrived at, and address any questions about how students might engage with these resources..


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What Next, Q&A – and close

  • At this stage in the day, do we have any questions about Autodesk Maya?It is important that you appreciate it will take some time for you to be fully conversant with all of these procedures but, on the road to achieving this, there is a lot of support out there; http://area.autodesk.com/

  • firstly, all of the activities demonstrated live today are available in video format for you to review again and again until you are confident – www.autodesk.com/designthefuture

  • the Autodesk Student Community - http://students.autodesk.comis an excellent way to link with colleagues and is a source of free student software

  • Digital STEAM Workshop - http://curriculum.autodesk.com/student/publichas a wealth of learning resources, look out for the Digital Study Packs

  • looking ahead, you will find the Student and Faculty Expert community - http://www.studentexpert.netis a great source of teacher experience


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