Whether you are just beginning in 3D or are new to Animation:Master, you?ll learn the skills and fundamentals needed to master this incredibly powerful, low-cost program. Beginning with a detailed review of the tools, Animation:Master 2002: A Complete Guide leads you through the important features of the program and explains when and how to use them. Once you?re comfortable with the tools, you?ll get started with the basics of modeling, bones, and action. From there you?ll explore character modeling for animation, and set and environment modeling. With these skills and techniques, you?ll be ready to journey through the tutorials and hands-on practice with constraints, relationships, animation, lighting, surfacing, and rendering. In the last section of the book, you?ll find more advanced topics to really push your skills to the next level, including special effects, workarounds, and a project case study. This is the one resource you?ll need to go beyond the basics with Animation:Master 2002.
This guide for beginning through advanced 3D animators teaches the skills needed to make the most of Animation:Master 2002 software. A sampling of topics includes spline patch basics, keyframe interpolation, shot planning in modeling, scale constraint, set lighting, adjusting layers, displacement mapping, and improving render times. The CD-ROM (Windows and Mac compatible) contains project files, models, textures, illustrations, and demos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
David Rogers (Chicago, IL) is a professional animator who has been working with Animation:Master since 1995. His demonstration tutorials on A:M have been recorded for inclusion in the Pro training series by Hash, Inc. and many of his animated actions are included in the library that accompanies the software. He also remains involved with short film projects in his spare time.
Part 1: Getting Around
Action Basics Part 2: Putting it Together Character Modeling for Animation
Set and Environment Modeling Constraints
Rendering Part 3: Advanced Topics
Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcut Reference
Appendix B: Glossary of Terms