Autodesk Maya Tutorials : Creative COW https://library.creativecow.net/tutorials/maya Creative COW Library of Autodesk Maya, tips, and strategies. en-us Wed, 29 Jan 2020 01:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang Unveils Turing, Reinventing Computer Graphics https://library.creativecow.net/cow_creative/nvidia_ceo_jensen_huang_unveils_turing_reinventing_computer_graphics/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cow_creative/nvidia_ceo_jensen_huang_unveils_turing_reinventing_computer_graphics.php Ray-traced graphics offer incredible realism. Interactive graphics driven by GPUs offer speed and responsiveness. The two now come together in the greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday. Speaking at the SIGGRAPH professional graphics confe Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:14:22 GMT ZERO VFX: The Magic You Won't See In The Magnificent Seven https://library.creativecow.net/cow_news/zero_vfx_recreates_the_magnificent_seven/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cow_news/zero_vfx_recreates_the_magnificent_seven.php ZERO VFX takes Creative COW readers inside the invisible effects used to create the powerful vistas and settings used in The Magnificent Seven. But the real magic is in what you don't see. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:46:02 GMT Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor https://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_debra/VFX_Alessandro-Cioffi_Iron-Man_3/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/kaufman_debra/VFX_Alessandro-Cioffi_Iron-Man_3.php Seventy artists from Trixter worked an entire year to create a formidable 208 VFX shots for Marvel's Iron Man 3. Each new episode in the Iron Man saga details a slick new technology created by the ingenious Tony Stark, and the new installment does not disappoint! Combining the hard surface geometry Mon, 06 May 2013 19:00:00 GMT VFX Files: Khaos Digital Helps Bones Tell Its Stories https://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_debra/Khaos-Digital-Bones/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/kaufman_debra/Khaos-Digital-Bones.php A key element in the hit TV show Bones is the images on The Angelatron, an 8-foot screen that shows detailed images proving how the victim died. Khaos Digital's David Watkinson creates all those images for Bones, and specializes in creating content for screens that play back in real-time during prod Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:36:25 GMT VFX Soup: Tintin VFX Supe Joe Letteri Talks 3D and Mocap https://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_debra/Tintin-Supe-Joe-Letteri_3D-mocap/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/kaufman_debra/Tintin-Supe-Joe-Letteri_3D-mocap.php Four-time VFX Oscar-winner Joe Letteri describes the advanced technology behind Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, discussing his own adventures with virtual cameras, motion capture, 3D, and three years of pre-production with the team at Weta Digital. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:15:43 GMT Autodesk Maya: Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) https://library.creativecow.net/hurwicz_michael/Autodesk-Digital-Molecular-Matter/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/Autodesk-Digital-Molecular-Matter.php In this Autodesk Maya 2012 tutorial, Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz looks at Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), a plug-in for creating shatter, destruction and deformation effects. DMM is now included in Maya 2012. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:29:59 GMT Digimation Archive and Model Bank Library https://library.creativecow.net/hurwicz_michael/Digimation-Archive-review/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/Digimation-Archive-review.php Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz reviews two collections of 3D models from Digimation: The Archive and The Model Bank Library. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT MAYA Shelves https://library.creativecow.net/charnov_aharon/MAYA-Shelves/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/charnov_aharon/MAYA-Shelves.php Everything you wanted to know about MAYA shelves (but were afraid to ask). In this tutorial Aharon Charnov will show how to use every aspect of shelf customization. Also included in this video tutorial is how to add existing tools to shelves, how to organize tools for optimum use, how to create new Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:44:19 GMT Maya 2011: Camera Sequencer https://library.creativecow.net/hurwicz_michael/sequencer/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/sequencer.php In this tutorial, Michael Hurwicz shows you how to use the new Camera Sequencer in Maya 2011 to import an animatic sequence from Sony Vegas 9.0 using AAF (Advanced Authoring Format). Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Maya 2011: Assigning Invisible Faces https://library.creativecow.net/hurwicz_michael/invisible/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/invisible.php Michael Hurwicz demonstrates the new "Assign Invisible Faces" feature in Maya 2011, making one face of a cube invisible but still very much "there" when it comes to a smoothing operation performed on the cube. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Maya 2011 Bezier Curves https://library.creativecow.net/hurwicz_michael/bezier/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/bezier.php In this Maya tutorial, Michael Hurwicz provides an introduction to Bezier curves, a new feature in Maya 2011 which allow you to create curves the way you do with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 4 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_4.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_4.php In part 4 of this Maya tutorial series, Arkadiy Demchenko shows another example scene with a tower blowing up into pieces. Only Maya 2009+ passes system is used in this example. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:36:06 GMT Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 3 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_3.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_3.php In part 3 of this Maya video tutorial series, Arkadiy Demchenko shows a simple example scene with an animated spider. Using lm2DMV shader as well as Maya 2009+ passes system to get motion vectors. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:25:31 GMT Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 2 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_2.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_2.php In part 2 of this Maya tutorial series we review some theory on how to render motion vectors properly and show a couple of tricks and things to keep an eye on. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:03:12 GMT Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_1.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/demchenko_arkadiy/motion-vectors-out-of-maya_1.php This Maya video tutorial explains how to install and use a special shader to render motion vectors with Mental Ray. This process will be useful to RE:Vision Effects users in Shake, Maya and Max Composite, Nuke, Fusion, After Effects, Combustion and others. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:50:15 GMT Pullback from Earth to Outer Space https://library.creativecow.net/articles/neumayer_greg/zoom_out.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/neumayer_greg/zoom_out.php Professional motion graphics artist, Greg Neumayer, shares his experience creating the zoom out from earth to outer space effect using Maya and After Effects. Greg walks you through how he solved the transition problems associated with this large scale effect where realism can be very difficult to a Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:00:00 GMT Particle Basics https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_005.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_005.php Particles are a great world to explore. In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, well learn how to create particles in very simple ways. We also add collision objects gravity and render them in a liquid like mesh. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT Half-tone Effect https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_004.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_004.php In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, we will create a nice looking effect in Maya that emulates the half-tone print effect. This tutorial shows that Maya can create looks not traditionally associated with 3D rendering applications. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT Managing Projects https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_003.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_003.php In this Maya video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, youll learn why is important to keep everything nice and organized into projects. Well also learn other ways to create folders by using the mighty command line / shell. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 07:00:00 GMT Maya Logo part 2 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_002.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_002.php In this Maya video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Alvaro Castaneda, we add shaders to our geometry to later light and render our final logo. This is part 2 of a 2 part series Creating a Logo in Maya. Tue, 17 Jun 2008 07:00:00 GMT Maya Logo part 1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_001.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_alvaro/Maya_Tutorial_001.php In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW contributor Alvaro Castaneda, we begin by tracing the logo in a vector app, then use that to start building the logo, using Maya to bring it to life. This is part 1 of a 2 part series Creating a Logo in Maya. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 07:00:00 GMT Mastering Maya 8.5 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lupetti_chris/mastering_maya.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lupetti_chris/mastering_maya.php In this article, CreativeCOW contributing editor, Chris Lupetti takes a look at Mastering Maya 8.5 published by Sybex and authored by John Kundert-Gibbs, Mick Larkins, Dariush Derakshani and Eric Kunzendorf. Fri, 14 Sep 2007 07:00:00 GMT Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/maya_7_book_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/maya_7_book_rev.php CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton takes a thorough look at the Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle and concludes with ''...I give this 3 book bundle a solid 5 cows for a clean, organized, thoughtful layout and instruction set. They contain an awe-inspiring bundle of textures and materials, programs, vide Fri, 05 May 2006 07:00:00 GMT Animating a Ribbon with Maya https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/maya_ribbon.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/maya_ribbon.php One common request or problem i've seen several Maya users stumble across is how to properly animate a ribbon that zips across the screen and is flexible enough to bend and twist in various ways. While it sounds simple in concept, it may not be as straightforward and obvious as one would think to se Tue, 01 Mar 2005 08:00:00 GMT Maya 6 Killer Tips https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/maya6_kt.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/maya6_kt.php In this article, CreativeCOW leader Chad Briggs reviews Maya 6 Killer Tips written by Eric Hanson, Kenneth Ibrahim, and Alex Nijmeh, and published by New Riders Press (August 2004), ISBN: 0321278534, and finds that "reading Maya 6 Killer Tips was a revelation, [it] is an excellent book that pre Sat, 30 Oct 2004 07:00:00 GMT Learning Maya 6: Book Suite https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya6.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya6.php Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews Learning Maya 6: Book Suite, by Alias Inc. [formerly Alias|Wavefront]. Fri, 08 Oct 2004 07:00:00 GMT Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering in Maya https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cruz_nelson/car_wheel2.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cruz_nelson/car_wheel2.php In this tutorial by Nelson Cruz, you will be applying textures to and rendering the wheel that you created last month. The three main areas you will look at are texturing, lighting, and rendering. This is part two of a two part series. Wed, 29 Sep 2004 07:00:00 GMT Learning Maya 6: Foundation https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/maya6_found_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/maya6_found_rev.php CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton looks at Learning Maya 6 | Foundation published by Sybex and is pleased to find ... ''a tutorial book ..[which presents]... the instruction to you in a way that makes you understand why you're doing those things. You get a very well-rounded instruction on the pri Tue, 21 Sep 2004 07:00:00 GMT Understanding Nurbs primitives in Maya https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cruz_nelson/car_wheel1.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cruz_nelson/car_wheel1.php In this tutorial, Nelson Cruz demonstrates building a simple car wheel in Maya using Nurbs primitives. Thu, 09 Sep 2004 07:00:00 GMT Learning Maya 5: Dynamics https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/learn_maya_dynam.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/learn_maya_dynam.php CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton takes a thorough look at Learning Maya 5 | Dynamics from Sybex and concludes with... ''this is definitely a worthwhile book for any Maya artist interested in learning dynamics." Mon, 12 Apr 2004 07:00:00 GMT MAYA CHARACTER CREATION: Modeling and Animation Controls by Chris Maraffi https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya_char_creat.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya_char_creat.php Joaquin 'Kino' Gil -- noted major film effects artist, independent filmmaker and Creative Cow's Maya forum host, reviews MAYA CHARACTER CREATION: Modeling and Animation Controls by Chris Maraffi and published by New Riders. Kino concludes his review with "...With this book anyone with a modicum Mon, 12 Apr 2004 07:00:00 GMT MAYA 5 KILLER TIPS by Eric Hanson https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya5_killertips.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya5_killertips.php Joaquin 'Kino' Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews "Maya 5 Killer Tips," written by Eric Hanson and published by New Riders. Kino concludes with "...This is a "must-have" book in every Maya shop and class.'' Find out why Wed, 17 Mar 2004 08:00:00 GMT Learning Maya 5: MEL Fundamentals https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/mel_fund.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/mel_fund.php Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya and Film FX forums, reviews Learning Maya 5: MEL Fundamentals, by Alias [formerly Alias|Wavefront]. Thu, 22 Jan 2004 08:00:00 GMT Inside Maya 5 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/InsideMaya5.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/InsideMaya5.php Author/animator Michael Hurwicz examines Inside Maya 5 by Mark Adams, Erick Miller and Max Sims from New Riders. Sun, 28 Dec 2003 08:00:00 GMT Learning Maya 5 | Rendering https://library.creativecow.net/articles/heijl_david/maya_rendering.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/heijl_david/maya_rendering.php David Heijl takes a look at Sybex' new book: Learning Maya 5 | Rendering and concludes..."judging on contents only, for beginning through intermediate Mayans, this is a must-have book. Good job, Alias." Fri, 19 Dec 2003 08:00:00 GMT Creating Hair in Maya https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/maya_hair.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/maya_hair.php In this tutorial, Chad Briggs will guide intermediate/experienced Maya users through creating hair with PaintFX. Once created, this hair can be animated and deformed through Maya's dynamics/cloth engines. This tutorial will focus on the creation of the hair. Mon, 25 Aug 2003 07:00:00 GMT Sean Fennell examines Maya 4.5 Savvy https://library.creativecow.net/articles/fennell_sean/maya4_5_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/fennell_sean/maya4_5_rev.php Maya COW leader, Sean Fennell examines Maya 4.5 Savvy by John Kundert-Gibbs, Peter Lee, John L. Kundert-Gibbs and published by Sybex Books. Sean concludes with, '' Maya 4.5 Savvy will aid beginner through intermediate artist work more comfortably in Maya 4.5.'' Thu, 17 Apr 2003 07:00:00 GMT [digital] Cinematography & Directing by Dan Ablan https://library.creativecow.net/barnes_brian/dig_cin_rev/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/barnes_brian/dig_cin_rev.php Brian C. Barnes takes a look at examines [digital] Cinematography & Directing by Dan Ablan and published by New Riders Publishing. Brian recommends it to anyone that is looking for an overview and insight into the entire 3D animation process. Thu, 17 Apr 2003 07:00:00 GMT Maya 4.5 Fundamentals https://library.creativecow.net/briggs_chad/Maya_4-5_fundamentals/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/briggs_chad/Maya_4-5_fundamentals.php Always looking for good reference materials, Creativecow leader, Chad Briggs takes a look at Maya 4.5 Fundamentals by Jim Lammers with Lee Gooding published by New Riders Publishers. Read why Chad gives this book 4 1/2 COWs. Tue, 11 Mar 2003 09:01:00 GMT Gnomon 3D Training: Texture Mapping I: Materials, II: Textures and III: Projections https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/gnomen_vid_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hutton_john/gnomen_vid_rev.php John David Hutton takes a look at Gnomon 3D Training Tapes. Since these tapes are offered one tape at a time instead of as a set, in this article, John David reviews the tape: Texture Mapping I: Materials. Mon, 16 Sep 2002 07:00:00 GMT MAYA Secrets of the Pros https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya_secrets_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/maya_secrets_rev.php Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews ''Maya: Secrets of the Pros,'' edited by John Kundert-Gibbs and published by Sybex. While he points out a few weaknesses of the book, he still gives it Five Cows, our top rating, because not only w Mon, 12 Aug 2002 07:00:00 GMT 3D Graphics & Animation, Second Edition https://library.creativecow.net/articles/calcagnino_eric/3dgraphics_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/calcagnino_eric/3dgraphics_rev.php Eric J. Calcagnino takes a look at 3D Graphics & Animation Second Edition written by Mark Giambruno and published by New Riders Publishing. Mon, 29 Jul 2002 07:00:00 GMT Erwin Santacruz Reviews: Maya 4: Fundamentals https://library.creativecow.net/articles/santacruz_erwin/maya_fundamentals_review.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/santacruz_erwin/maya_fundamentals_review.php CreativeCOW leader, Erwin Santacruz examines a new book by New Riders called Maya 4: Fundamentals by Jim Lammers and Lee Gooding. Tue, 14 May 2002 07:00:00 GMT Kino Gil reviews: Deep Paint 3D with Texture Weapons https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/deep_paint_review.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/deep_paint_review.php Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, gives his impressions of Right Hemisphere's 'Deep Paint 3D with Texture Weapons'. Kino takes a quick look at the history of digital Paint FX technology and then jumps into some of the reasons that Deep Paint is an Tue, 16 Apr 2002 07:00:00 GMT Impressionist Paint FX using Fur https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cherubini_christopher/brushstroke_paint.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cherubini_christopher/brushstroke_paint.php Have you ever thought that you'd like to create something like a painted effect in Maya, but that you didn't want to use Paint Effects? In this tutorial, Christopher Cherubini demonstrates using Fur to create an Impressionist look to the scene. The theory behind this method is to drive the color of Fri, 22 Mar 2002 08:00:00 GMT