Maya 2009 Features
Accelerated Modeling and Mapping
Autodesk® Maya® 2009 software delivers a significantly streamlined poly modeling workflow. This video will introduce you to the key tools you need to familiarize yourself with in order to take advantage of this workflow, beginning with the software’s powerful, new selection features, which now includes true soft select, drag-selection, camera-based selection culling and more. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of the improved symmetrical modeling functionality, merge vertices tool, average normal move and other new features. Finally, you’ll see a demonstration of key new UV layout and unfolding options such as Preserve UVs and interactive Unfold and Relax UVs.
With Maya Assets, complex data can be effectively organized, shared, referenced, and presented. In this video you’ll learn how to encapsulate a set of nodes into a container so that they can be treated from a user’s perspective as if they were a single node. We’ll then demonstrate the feature’s flexible referencing options, and show you how to create customized Maya Assets libraries.
A powerful new animation layering paradigm in Maya 2009 built on technology from Autodesk® MotionBuilder® software, gives you more flexibility as you non-destructively create and edit animation. In this movie we’ll show you how to take advantage of this time-saving featureset: focusing particularly on blending, merging, grouping and re-ordering of animation layers; plus we’ll show you how to override or add to preceding layers.
Rendering and Stereoscopic Content Creation
Maya 2009 includes tools developed specifically for the creation of stereoscopic content. In this video we’ll introduce you to the in-viewport stereoscopic viewer and the default stereo camera rig. We’ll also discuss the new streamlined workflow for getting that rig information into Autodesk® Toxik™ software and how to get the best results from your multi-camera renders in the mental ray® rendering software.
The workflow improvements between Toxik 2009 and Maya 2009 stem largely from the updated Maya Render Pass system. In this movie we’ll give you an overview of this system and then take a look at the new IPR for mental ray enhancements, including support for the rendering of smooth meshes in mental ray and IPR for mental ray.
Maya 2009 introduces the second module built on the highly acclaimed Maya Nucleus unified simulation framework: nParticles. This new Maya Unlimited toolset gives you a precise, efficient workflow for simulating a wide range of complex effects including liquids, clouds, smoke, spray and dust. In this video we’ll specifically look at the stickiness functionality for nParticles and nCloth, nDynamic presets, the fill volume for nParticles feature, nParticle to nCloth interaction, nParticle to nParticle collisions, liquid simulation, as well as blobby and cloud hardware display.