Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 1, 2011
Duration
1h 20m
Description

In this series of free Maya tutorials we will be teaching you the essential workflows, terms, and techniques to help you get started with Maya. We will start off by learning how to navigate through the Maya interface and moving the Maya virtual cameras. We will then explore many critical aspects of Maya, such as creating and manipulating primitive objects, understanding the various components of Maya geometry, animating objects in Maya, working with lights and shadows, adding materials and textures to our scenes, rendering out animated sequences, and many other concepts that will help you get a solid foundational understanding of Maya and its capabilities. Learn more about Understanding a 3D Production Pipeline in a free article. Software required: Maya 2011 and up.

About the author
About the author

Kyle was one of the first authors for Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) and has been a part of the team for over 10 years. Kyle began his career in computer graphics education as a college instructor and worked as a Digital-Tutors rendering tutor and curriculum manager since 2002.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Introducing the Beginner's Guide to Maya, a fundamental learning series brought to you by Digital-Tutors, the world's largest online CG training library and an Autodesk authorized publisher. My name's Kyle and I'll be teaching you the essential workflows, terms, and the techniques to help you get started with Maya. Now we'll start off by learning how to navigate through the Maya interface and moving Maya's virtual cameras. We'll then begin exploring many of the critical aspects of Maya, such as creating and manipulating primitive objects, understanding the various components of Maya geometry, animating objects in Maya, working with lights and shadows, adding materials and textures to our scenes, rendering out animated sequences, as well as many other concepts that will help you get a really good, solid foundational understanding of Maya and its capabilities. Now this series of step-by-step videos were developed with new Maya artists in mind, so we're going to be moving at a really, nice, steady, easy-to-follow pace and making sure that you really do understand the basic terms and the techniques that we are talking about. Now to view more beginner's guide courses, feel free to visit our library where you'll find the largest online collection of free, high-quality CG train videos. So with that, let's go ahead and get started with our next lesson where we'll learn how we can start to move and navigate around within the Maya interface.