It's the Rube Goldberg. There was a challenge here a while back where we did one, I never completed mine but I learned a lot in the challenge going in with absolutely none, and just searching around for information on how to use dynamics.
I would like to see more dynamics David, you have me hooked (is that good or bad?). Something like the old mousetrap game LOL (maybe not so complicated). What do they call that? there is a name for it Im sure.
I'm pretty sure you can do the tracking right in maya with Maya Live. I could be wrong though. I've been looking into doing a scene involving video and 3d objects.
Last months i was checking a lot of Utube videos, & I saw a really nice topic. Looks so simple but 100% it is not. The topic about importing a maya scene into a recorded video.
4example: "Happy New Year" 3D text modelled in maya & imported to the recorded video. Like placed on my shelf where I am typing & the camera moves around me or something like this.
I am sure all of you saw this kind of video. Cell/car transforming into a Transformers, or a street view where a modelled car being placed & so on...
I know it is not only maya (maya,some traker program & shake/nuke) but I love those vids