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Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

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 of the Iron Man suit auto-assembly with the flexibility of the human body was one of the challenges that Trixter brought from previs to believable screen reality.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Alessandro Cioffi
MAYA
VFX Files: Khaos Digital Helps Bones Tell Its Stories

VFX Files: Khaos Digital Helps Bones Tell Its Stories

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 production. Creative COW looks at how it's done.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
VFX Soup: Tintin VFX Supe Joe Letteri Talks 3D and Mocap

VFX Soup: Tintin VFX Supe Joe Letteri Talks 3D and Mocap

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.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
Autodesk Maya: Digital Molecular Matter (DMM)

Autodesk Maya: Digital Molecular Matter (DMM)
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
MAYA
Digimation Archive and Model Bank Library

Digimation Archive and Model Bank Library
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Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz reviews two collections of 3D models from Digimation: The Archive and The Model Bank Library.

Review, Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
MAYA
MAYA Shelves

MAYA Shelves
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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 tools with mel scripts, how to label mel created buttons, and how to create custom shelf icons.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Charnov
MAYA
Maya 2011: Camera Sequencer

Maya 2011: Camera Sequencer
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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).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
MAYA
Maya 2011: Assigning Invisible Faces

Maya 2011: Assigning Invisible Faces
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
MAYA
Maya 2011 Bezier Curves

Maya 2011 Bezier Curves
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
MAYA
Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 4

Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 4
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Arkadiy Demchenko
MAYA
Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 3

Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 3
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Arkadiy Demchenko
MAYA
Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 2

Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 2
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Arkadiy Demchenko
MAYA
Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 1

Rendering Motion Vectors out of Maya - Part 1
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Arkadiy Demchenko
MAYA
Pullback from Earth to Outer SpacePullback from Earth to Outer Space

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 achieve.

Tutorial
Greg Neumayer
MAYA
Particle BasicsParticle Basics
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Half-tone EffectHalf-tone Effect
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Managing ProjectsManaging Projects
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Maya Logo part 2Maya Logo part 2
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Maya Logo part 1Maya Logo part 1
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Alvaro Castaneda
MAYA
Mastering Maya 8.5Mastering Maya 8.5

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.

Review
Chris Lupetti
MAYA
Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle

Learning Maya 7 Book Bundle

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, videos and tutorials. You won't want to miss them.''

Review
John David Hutton
MAYA
Animating a Ribbon with Maya

Animating a Ribbon with Maya

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 set this up properly with the maximum animation capabilities. In this article, Chad Briggs demonstrates a solution that he came up with in response to a recent gig.

Tutorial
Chad Briggs
MAYA
Maya 6 Killer Tips

Maya 6 Killer Tips

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 presents just the right information you need to take your mastery of the program to the next level.

Review
Chad Briggs
MAYA
Learning Maya 6: Book Suite

Learning Maya 6: Book Suite

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].

Review
Joaquin Gil
MAYA
Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering in Maya

Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering in Maya

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.

Tutorial
Nelson Cruz
Series


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Brian Barnes (1)
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Eric Calcagnino (1)
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Christopher Cherubini (1)
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Arkadiy Demchenko (4)
Sean Fennell (1)
Joaquin Gil (6)
David Heijl (1)
Michael Hurwicz (6)
John David Hutton (4)
Debra Kaufman (3)
Chris Lupetti (1)
Greg Neumayer (1)
Erwin Santacruz (1)


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