Artists Guide to MEL

Discover creative alternative uses for MEL. Learn Maya Embedded Language (MEL) with an artist-driven approach and add greater flexibility in your workflow. Software required: Maya 8.5 or higher.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jun 11, 2007
Duration
4h 1m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jun 11, 2007
Duration
4h 1m
Description

Discover creative alternative uses for MEL. Learn Maya Embedded Language (MEL) with an artist-driven approach and add greater flexibility in your workflow. Contains over 4 hours of intuitive project-based training. Ideal for artists new to MEL. Popular highlights include: Creating if/for Loops; Storing Scripts as Procedures; Sourcing and Executing; Multi-line MEL Scripts; Opening External Applications with MEL; Building Custom Marking Menus; Variable Naming Conventions; Understanding Variable Types; Building an Incremental Save Script; Concatenating Strings and Integers; Get Attributes into Variables; Using If Statements; Expressions in Expression Editor; Creating ScriptNodes; Accessing Array Contents; Building User Interfaces; Building Custom Tools; Using Match and Substitute Strings. Software required: Maya 8.5 or higher.

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Introduction and Project Overview
[Autogenerated] Hello and welcome to the Artist Guide to Mel, presented by digital tutors. My name is Papa George, and I'll be your instructor for the next four hours, guiding you through the process of learning how to use Mel to help you become a more efficient artist, from large scale production studios to small boutique shops. Extending Maya beyond its default capabilities is really the key selling point for Maya's adoption into the production industry, since Mel allows us to automate many of the repetitive tasks we do is artists knowing how Mel works and understanding what it could be used for not only gives you an advantage when working with other artists, but it also makes your work load a little bit lighter. Now this training kit is going to cover many different topics, like working with commands. Setting attributes variables as well is building small applications that will help you become more efficient. We have a lot of material in store for you, so let's get started with our first lesson