Course info
Mar 8, 2016
2h 12m

Bifrost is the name of Maya's integrated FLIP fluid solver. It's great for users who want to create large scale fluid simulations without having to leave Maya's interface for a third-party tool. With this course, you'll learn some of the key workflows and fundamentals of Bifrost. Then, you'll take that knowledge to build a simulation you might find in a typical production pipeline. Software required: Maya 2016, SP5.

About the author
About the author

Dan is an author at Pluralsight with a passion for helping others. Long before Dan ever officially donned his recording headset, he was a dedicated forum moderator with Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company), helping out members with problems they encountered across a wide variety of software. Since then, he joined our team and continues to help others every day with their CG challenges.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Dan LeFebvre and welcome to my course, Introduction to Bifrost in Maya. I'm a freelance 3D generalist with over a decade of experience, working for companies such as Digital-Tutors, Pluralsight, the United States Airforce, and Riot Games, just to name a few. This course is intended to get you up to speed with the powerful new flip fluid solver inside of Maya, called Bifrost. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include getting familiar with Bifrost workflows, creating and optimizing Bifrost fluids, meshing and previewing your simulations, and using Bifrost in a production project. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of how to use Bifrost to create some great fluid simulations in Maya. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with moving around in Maya itself since we'll focus more on using Bifrost inside of Maya. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into Bifrost with courses on simulating large and small scale liquids in Bifrost, flooding a city with Bifrost in Maya, or even adding dynamics to a mermaid animation with Bifrost in Maya. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Bifrost with the Introduction to Bifrost in Maya course at Pluralsight.

Understanding How Bifrost Works
Let's take a minute to find out what we'll learn in this module. So if you're brand new to fluid dynamics, one of the big benefits to using Bifrost is that it's built right into Maya. However, it does have some of its own workflows. Or if you're familiar with how fluid dynamics work in other programs, you'll probably find that Bifrost, once again, has some different workflows that can take a little bit to get used to. So in this module, we'll even the playing field no matter what your background is, and we'll use some simple examples just so we can focus on learning Bifrost workflows. Now these are the core things that we'll need to know to use Bifrost, so let's get started in the next video.

Fundamentals of Bifrost
In this module, we'll build on what we learned in our previous module, by learning some fundamental concepts of Bifrost. We'll start by understanding what the concept of time steps is and how we can control it in Maya. There's killing unwanted particles, so our system doesn't have to calculate them, adding some force to our fluids with accelerators, and even adding in some secondary particles. We'll finish up this module by looking at how we can preview and mesh our particles. We've got a lot to cover in this module, so let's get started in the next video.

Using Bifrost in a Pipeline
Up until now we've used a variety of simple examples to understand Bifrost. In this final module, we'll see how it all comes together, as we take all of the knowledge that we've learned about Bifrost, and use it in a typical pipeline. Now, everybody loves som CG destruction, so I thought it'd be fun for this one to use a simulation from another course here at Pluralsight, the Introduction to MassFX in 3ds Max, and take that, it's a bridge that gets destroyed, throw some Bifrost fluids in there, and really see how we can take advantage of everything that Bifrost has to offer. Now, this little mini project will be a lot of fun to do, so let's dive in with our next video.