Mel Scripting For Maya Animators / Edition 2

Mel Scripting For Maya Animators / Edition 2

by Mark R. Wilkins, Chris Kazmier
     
 

Trying to learn Maya programming from the documentation can be daunting whether or not you are a programmer. The first edition of MEL Scripting for Maya Animators earned the reputation as the best introductory book on MEL, Maya’s scripting language. Now fully revised and updated, the second edition also includes new features, such as a discussion of

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Overview

Trying to learn Maya programming from the documentation can be daunting whether or not you are a programmer. The first edition of MEL Scripting for Maya Animators earned the reputation as the best introductory book on MEL, Maya’s scripting language. Now fully revised and updated, the second edition also includes new features, such as a discussion of global procedures, new chapters on fixing programming bottlenecks, advanced user interface techniques, and optimizing character rigs. New chapters on utility nodes and Maya's Web Panel feature provide new ideas on how to use MEL in applications. This new edition has kept the popular style of the first edition that offered very clear explanations of programming concepts to those without programming experience. A generous collection of code examples and Maya scene files is included on the companion Web site. This is a book for animators, artists, game developers, visual effects developers, and technical directors who want to learn the fundamentals of Maya, how to automate tasks, personalize user interfaces, build custom tools, and solve problems with MEL.

Features
• Fully updated with several new chapters.
• Profusely illustrated and includes a companion Web site with numerous code examples and scene files.
• The authors bring their extensive experience in professional production studios to provide expert guidance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780120887934
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Series:
Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
548
Sales rank:
1,422,140
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 7.50(h) x 9.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Special Acknowledgment; Chapter 1 Maya Under the Hood; Chapter 2 The Basics of MEL Commands; Chapter 3 Using Expressions; Chapter 4 Controlling Particles with Expressions; Chapter 5 Problem Solving with MEL Scripting; Chapter 6 Variables and Data Types; Chapter 7 Using MEL Commands; Chapter 8 Manipulating Nodes in MEL; Chapter 9 Controlling the Flow of Execution; Chapter 10 Procedures and Functions; Chapter 11 Naming Nodes, Scripts, and Variables; Chapter 12 Designing MEL User Interfaces; Chapter 14 Custom Dialog Boxes; Chapter 15 Making Advanced Dialog Boxes with form Layout; Chapter 16 Making Advanced Dialog Boxes with Web Panels; Chapter 17 Improving Performance With Utility Nodes; Chapter 18 Installing MEL Scripts; Chapter 19 Examples Using MEL with Particle Dynamics; Chapter 20 Examples Using MEL with Solid Body Dynamics; Chapter 21 Example of a Simple Crowd System; Chapter 22 Examples Using MEL in Character Rigging; Index

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