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Autodesk VIZ Fundamentals blends theory and practical applications in a hands-on, lab- and exercise-intensive tutorial. This book will be of special interest to those who use AutoCAD—with many of its features modeled after AutoCAD's interface, allowing for faster learning and application. It provides a basic introduction to computer animation, an overview of Autodesk VIZ, preparation for 3D modeling, 3D modeling, presentation, and practical applications that reflect today's animated world, (e.g., in films, advertisements, and gaming environments). An appendix explains the features and procedure to bring AutoCAD files into Autodesk VIZ. For those who know just the basics about computers and CAD, and for those who are experts in CAD but wish to add a new dimension to their knowledge of animation, computer graphics, technical illustration, mechanical design and drafting, and architectural design and drafting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131112896
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/5/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to Computer Animation 1
Ch. 1 Introduction to Three-Dimensional Presentation 3
Ch. 2 Rendering and Animation Applications 17
Pt. 2 Exploring AutodeskVIZ 27
Ch. 3 Interacting with AutodeskVIZ 29
Ch. 4 The Fast Lane 57
Pt. 3 Preparing for 3D Modeling 95
Ch. 5 Moving About the 3D World 97
Ch. 6 Basics of Creation 121
Ch. 7 Basics of Editing 141
Pt. 4 3D Modeling 165
Ch. 8 Basic Modeling: Primitives, Shapes, and Shape and Parametric Modifiers 167
Ch. 9 Advanced Modeling: Compound Objects 193
Ch. 10 Special Modeling: AEC Objects 221
Pt. 5 Presentation 245
Ch. 11 A Brighter Outlook: Cameras, Lights, and Rendering 247
Ch. 12 A New Coat of Paint: Materials Creation and Applications 277
Ch. 13 Let's Get Moving: Animation 307
Ch. 14 Follow the Leader: Hierarchy Linking and Inverse Kinematics 331
Pt. 6 Practical Applications 351
Ch. 15 Still Life: Working with Light and Shadow 353
Ch. 16 Architectural Presentation: Camera Techniques 365
Ch. 17 Artist's Exhibition: Applying Bitmaps 381
Ch. 18 Mechanical Motion: Hierarchical Linking 397
Appendices 421
App. A Installing the CD-ROM Files 423
App. B Importing and Exporting Files 425
App. C AutoCAD and AutodeskVIZ 427
Index 433
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Introduction

Autodesk VIZ® Fundamentals: Using Release 4 is a text that commits to covering all the basics of the Autodesk VIZ program, which produces, with your help, realistic renderings of still images and animations. With a few skills and techniques at your fingertips, you will be impressed with the professional results you can accomplish. If you have half the fun reading the text and completing the labs that we had in writing them, you are in for a wonderful time. And, if what learning theorists say is true and you learn better when you can combine learning with pleasure, then picking up this book is just the first step toward your newfound skill and expertise.

Autodesk VIZ® Fundamentals combines a theoretical approach with accompanying hands-on activities to instruct you on the reasons for your actions while you experience the actions. It is our hope that whether you are in a school setting, the business world, or your basement office, you can pick up the text and learn from it in a progressive fashion. It is designed to be a positive learning experience for the individual who knows just the basics about both computers and CAD, and an enriching experience for those who are experts in CAD but wish to add a new dimension.

FEATURES OF OUR TEXT

  • Practical Applications chapters in a variety of areas, including architectural, mechanical motion, and graphic arts
  • An accompanying CD-ROM with a variety of features, including
    • Materials library
    • Bitmap images
    • Scenes (3D models)
    • Still renderings
    • Animation
  • Questions and Assignments at the endof each chapter
  • Lights! Camera! Action! boxes introduce special tips and tricks that help you achieve your animation goals
  • Tool icons throughout the text help you to follow the path to the correct command every time, even in an unknown land
  • More than 1000 images create a vivid picture of each action and part of the process
  • A full-color insert shows the results of the completed projects and other illustrations
  • A tear-out Quick Chart shows all the shortcut keys
  • An instructor's manual includes a test bank of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions for each chapter

ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXT

The text is divided into six parts, plus appendices, that explore all the basics of Autodesk VIZ.

  • Introduction to Computer Animation
  • Exploring Autodesk VIZ
  • Preparing for 3D Modeling
  • 3D Modeling
  • Presentation
  • Practical Applications

Each chapter begins with a section of theory and ends with a lab that complements and extends the theory presented in that chapter. The labs progress in complexity while simultaneously decreasing hand-holding instruction.

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