Tutorial Overview

Get started learning dynamics in Maya with these two projects covering fluids, rigid body dynamics and keyframe animation. We also cover lighting and rendering in Mental Ray with image based lighting, caustics, final gather and global illumination. All scene files and assets are included. Save 10% on the normal price with this tutorial set.

Introduction to Dynamic Concepts in Maya
In this training kit we create a six second animation of golden rings bouncing out of a falling wineglass which we shade, light and render in mental ray. It's a workflow tutorial which will give you enough information to start designing your own dynamic simulations and experiment with Maya's more advanced lighting processes and depth of field.

  • Keyframe Animation
  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Baking Dynamic Simulations
  • Attribute Spread Sheet
  • Graph Editor
  • Shading Glass & Gold in Mental Ray
  • Image Based Lighting and Caustics
  • Luminance Depth Layer and Depth of Field
  • Mental Ray Approximation Editor
  • Optional Compositing Part in After Effects

Introduction to Fluid Dynamics in Maya
In this training kit we take you through Maya's fluid dynamics system, topics covered here are 2D and 3D fluid containers, shading fluids, nparticle integration with fluids and fluid sculpting. By the time you're finished with this tutorial you will have some insight into how Maya fluids work and how you can use nparticles alongside fluids, as well as applying geometry to get more control over your fluid simulations.

  • 2D Fluid Containers
  • 3D Fluid Containers
  • Dissolving Ink Effect
  • Smoke and Fire
  • Creating Flaming Meteorites
  • Fluid Shading
  • Fluid Sculpting with Animated Geometry
  • nParticle integration with Fluids

Other tutorials in this series

Introduction to Dynamic Concepts in Maya
Introduction to Fluid Dynamics in Maya


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Lesson Pack 1 14 97 Minutes 221 Mb
Lesson Pack 2 18 158 Minutes 400 Mb
  • Length: 4 hours and 15 minutes
  • Software: Maya 2012
  • Format: MPEG
  • Download Price: 49.95
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