SimplyMaya Forums

Welcome to the forum, feel free to ask questions here.

SM Forums / Lounges / Maya Basics & Newbie Lounge / Tutorials Better Than Buzz?

Maya Basics & Newbie Lounge Please post in this section ONLY if your question doesn't fit in anywhere else on the forum, or if you're not sure which section it's relevant to. We also have Free streaming trial available.

Join the conversation. Reply to post
Thread Tools
07-05-2007, 09:57 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1
Tutorials Better Than Buzz?

I used to deal with Maya, and I would like to get into it again, as I now have the time to deal with it regularly and seriously.

I did lessons 1-6 from the first Maya Issue I found them a good start so far, but what they really lack are practical examples like the "Cannon Exercise" (Issue 2, lesson 6). Still, these tutorials are very well-structured.

If you are familiar with Buzz, do you know a better start into Maya? What about the tutorials on the Buzz 3D Maya DVD? For those of you who know them, what do you think of them compared to the free tutorials that I did?

Apart from that, which tutorials do you think are the best of a beginner?

Thank you!

  Reply with quote
07-05-2007, 10:25 AM   #2
Registered User
Perfecto's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: TN (USA)
Posts: 1,889
I can only speak for free modeling tutorials. I'm really partial to Kurt's Basic Human tut and Cartoon Dog tut in the Simply Maya Free Tutorial Section. He really simplifies learning how to model with nurbs. Great teacher.

As far as non-organic, I really got alot out of doing the Dreadnaught tut from I didn't think it was the greatest modeling tut but I sure did get a good feel for extruding and beveling.

I'm sure there are other really great tuts out there, but these were more than sufficient for me. For the basics anyway.
Don't be satisfied with what you can do but rather strive to do the things you can't do!
Exceed Expectations!
  Reply with quote
07-05-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
Maniacal boy king of Babylon
mastone's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: the netherlands
Posts: 1,605
try some books instead of tutorials prefferably from different authors.
The books i've written down below are some i've bought myself ,and are very happy with.
-Learning maya7 foundation
-learning maya7 the modeling and animation handbook
-learning maya unlimited features
-the game artist- and the gameanimators- guide to maya
- maya character creation
-advanced maya texturing and lighting
-mastering maya 7

if you only want videotutorials i suggest either buying points from this site, going to the gnomon website and i hear the mastering maya the fundamentals-video from 3dbuzz is very good.

hope this helped

Good luck in your search anyways
  Reply with quote
07-05-2007, 09:19 PM   #4
Senior Software Developer
publicFunction's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Livingston, Scotland
Posts: 1,701
I have used Buzz for a while, but found the free tutorials very distracting as there is too much joking around in some of them. The SM free ones are far more professional imho. I have not seen the Buzz Maya DVD's so can't comment on them. The techniques on Buzz are similar to SM's, but SM's are better ihmo.
Chris (formerly R@nSiD)
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will truely know peace - Jimmy Hendrix
Winner SM VFX Challenge 1
3rd Place SM SteamPunk Challenge (May 2007)
  Reply with quote
08-05-2007, 04:06 AM   #5
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 65
The Maya tutorials from Digital Tutors are really great, I've learned alot from them. They have a pretty big selection of tutorials, and the ones I have tried have had good quality. They also seem to avoid being as repetetive as many other video tutorials I've tried, which I thought was great.
  Reply with quote
08-05-2007, 06:13 AM   #6
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 17
There is also Gnomon. They offer some very good indepth tutorials. Simply Maya has by far the best "How To's" that take you from begining to end of a composition.

  Reply with quote
09-05-2007, 05:56 AM   #7
Funky Bunnies
Funky Bunnies's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 250
everyone learns differently, but after you get the basics down I find books to be very helpful. The Learning Maya books can get you up to speed pretty fast if you have the patience for reading.
  Reply with quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to purchase Simply Maya tutorials (outdated) Nilla Simply Maya Tutorials 10 16-03-2017 10:27 PM
Tutorials in this website BennyK Maya Basics & Newbie Lounge 4 30-10-2007 01:05 AM
New effects tutorials? jeremiah411 Board Questions & Suggestions 3 12-05-2007 10:47 PM
Simply Maya User Tutorials gohan1842 Maya Basics & Newbie Lounge 6 11-09-2006 03:17 AM
picking tutorials help! miss piggy Simply Maya Tutorials 7 20-04-2005 05:29 AM