Maya for Beginners: Dynamic FX

Lucas Ridley, Instructor and Animator

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22 Lessons (4h 37m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

      2:05
    • 2. Scene Scale

      7:52
    • 3. Mash Brick Wall

      8:37
    • 4. Bullet Simulation Intro

      7:21
    • 5. Bullet Shatter

      10:21
    • 6. Alembic Cache

      8:57
    • 7. Particle Ground Shatter

      12:53
    • 8. Ground Bullet Sim

      20:05
    • 9. Fix Sim

      3:37
    • 10. Fireflies Dynamics

      16:24
    • 11. Fireflies Dynamics Animated

      20:32
    • 12. nHair Rope

      13:11
    • 13. nCloth Banner

      14:41
    • 14. nCloth Vest

      24:09
    • 15. Bifrost Liquid

      10:49
    • 16. Bifrost Emitter

      6:45
    • 17. Bifrost Smoke 01

      23:13
    • 18. Bifrost Smoke 02

      6:37
    • 19. MASH Grass

      17:53
    • 20. Texturing

      26:48
    • 21. Render Setup 01

      8:05
    • 22. Render Setup 02

      6:02

About This Class

In this final section of the "Maya for Beginner" series we will cover how to create interesting animated dynamic effects through simulations. You can start with this section if you like but I highly recommend taking one of the other sections first as this is a more advanced topic for a true beginner and I would recommend the order: modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, and then this course.

We will cover:

  • Bullet Physics for Rigid Body Simulations
  • Shattering Objects for Simulating
  • nHair Rope Dynamics
  • nCloth Dynamics
  • MASH Dynamics (Maya's motion graphics tools)
  • Bifrost Dynamics (Liquid and Smoke)

This section will give you a very broad introduction to what's possible in Maya for simulating different types of effects.

There are several mini-lessons throughout the course but we will be mainly focusing on creating a large animated scene that I will provide the character animation for and it will be up to you to create all the dynamic effects in the shot.


I look forward to seeing what you create!