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Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: How to create Animation layers

By George Maestri

In Maya 2009 New Features, George Maestri demonstrates several breakthrough updates in the latest version of this 3D modeling, rendering, and animation tool. He explores the upgrades to the interface and covers soft selection and other modeling tools.

George then delves into more complex new features, including the Asset Manager for organizing objects and nodes within a scene; animation layering to blend, merge, group, reorder, override, and add to preceding layers; Maya Muscle, for creating lifelike skin motion; and nParticles, a new particle system.

In this clip, host George Maestri takes a look at how to create layers, and shows how to create an animation layer. He creates a layer that has the body of a character, and Creates Layer from Selected. He warns to be careful when you create a layer that you put exactly what you want to animate into those layers. In the clip, he shows how to set a key move it forward and drop the body.

 


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George Maestri is an animation director and producer based in Los Angeles. He has written a number of books on 3D character animation, including Digital Character Animation (New Riders), and Maya at a Glance (Sybex Books). His credits include work for such studios as Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Comedy Central.
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