Great lighting is the key to getting professional-looking output from Maya and Mental Ray. Now, for the first time, Pixar Technical Director Jeremy Birn shares his secrets, his settings, and his Maya scenes, in a Maya-specific training DVD.
This new DVD features over 3 hours of tightly edited demonstrations of professional lighting and rendering techniques using Maya and Mental Ray. Topics covered include:
- Step-by-step lighting of full Maya scenes
- Simulated radiosity style lighting for realism and speed
- Every kind of Maya light and shadow explored in depth
- Hacks, tricks, cheats, and creative uses for light attributes
- Practical approaches to professional-looking color choices
- Ray-traced shadows: how to optimize them and control their appearance
- In-depth guide to fixing different kinds of shadow artifacts and light leaks
- Mental Ray controls in lights, shadows, shaders, and render settings
- Adjusting shadows in reflections, through transparency and fur, in real-time, and in other special cases
The DVD features 18 video lectures that you can play on your computer. The videos are high-resolution to show every pixel of the Maya interface in each demonstration. All the Maya scenes are included on the DVD as well, along with necessary textures, lights, and shaders to re-create each demonstration. Printable PDF course notes provide a quick reference guide to lighting and rendering functions in Maya.
Pixar Technical Director Jeremy Birn has lit shots in movies such as Wall-E, Ratatouille, Cars, and The Incredibles. He is the author of the acclaimed book Digital Lighting & Rendering (now in its second edition.) He is also an experienced educator, having taught at the California Institute of the Arts and the Academy of Art University, and has lectured on lighting and rendering in many countries around the world. Jeremy Birn received an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
||DVD for Windows XP, Vista, Macintosh, or Linux.
||18 video lectures, 3 hours and 17 minutes total run time, 1024x768 resolution Quicktime .mov files. Play with your choice of compatible media players.
||Follow along using Maya Complete, Unlimited, or PLE. Maya 2008 or 2009 is preferred to make sure you have all the latest features, but each scene file is included in both Maya 2008 and Maya 7 version .ma files, so they are loadable with newer or older copies of Maya.
||Intermediate. Beginners will want to use the pause button frequently. If you haven't worked with Maya lighting and rendering much before, you'll want to stop and try each step for yourself. Jeremy is an experienced professional, and demonstrates specialized functions in precise technical detail. As a result, his DVD is also a valuable resource for professionals looking to improve their skills.
||$59.95 Suggested Retail
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