Reading and video tutorials assignment for Maya

Visual Effects, Animation, and Motion Graphics

  1. Read through the following 14 page long Introduction to Maya book excerpt from Wiley publishers. Use it to answer the following 12 homework questions. You can IGNORE the portions of the PDF document that the questions do not mention and focus on getting familiar with the terms and concepts that the 10 questions focus on.
  2. VIP: These Homework questions are due and will be collected on Friday, June 12th.

  3. Watch the following five video tutorials from the Swinburne Multimedia Design Tutorials. You will probably enjoy the Aussie accent of Steven Murdoch, the instructor on most of the videos! Note: If you wish to see a list of all the Maya tutorials, click here.
    1. Tutorial: What is 3D space? X Y Z and R G B Time of tutorial: 01:35 (1 minute 35 seconds)
    2. Tutorial: What makes up a 3D object in Maya graphics? Time: 02:55 (2 minutes 55 seconds)
    3. Tutorial: The Move Tool in Maya. Upside down M is a W. Time: 01:54 (1 minute 54 seconds)
    4. Tutorial: The Maya Rotate Tool. Think rotatE with an uppEr case E. Time: 01:42
    5. Tutorial: The Scale Tool, also known as the Resize tool. Time: 01:13

  4. Michael O'Rourke tutorial on the Maya Interface. What are the FIVE main modules that Maya is divided up into? What are the shortcuts to get to these 5 modules? Note: These are often called the 5 menu sets. The first icon on the Status Line allows you to select which MENU SET or MODULE you wish to use. A P S D R or show me your APS as in apps or applications DR as in Doctor is how I remembered them when I was starting out in Maya. APS DR.
  5. The free tutorial is accessed with user id mayatuts and password morourke
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    Username:  mayatuts
    Password:  morourke 

    The Michael O'Rourke Maya3D Tutorials web site provides about 150 to 200 tutorials. These tutorials are most useful to read and do while you are using Maya when you are interested in learning a specific Maya skill. It is also very useful to take notes ahead of time on any of the tutorials and then go and try to do the tutorial using Maya and the notes that you took in preparing to do the Michael O'Rourke tutorial.

    The categories are as follows:

     Motion Dynamics                  Again,the username is     mayatuts
     Character Animation                      with password     morourke

  6. The following web page is about Autodesk Maya Tumble, Track and Dolly and should give you a good overview and review of the Maya basics that we cover during week one of the 810:088 Visual Effects, Animation, and Motion Graphics class. Move, Rotate and Scale are also covered. This was a review of class #1, the first class from Spring 2009 Maya.
  7. Maya User Interface overview and highlights. This is a review of the 2nd class for Maya last spring semester.

Where can you find and use Maya? The SCC labs (Student Computer Centers) all have the Autodesk Maya 3D graphics and animation software.

CAD software: Where to find Maya on the Start menu in the SCC computers in the SCC labs?