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Autodesk Maya on Wikipedia Maya is used widely in the film and gaming industries.

Maya Instructors Studios in Vancouver using Maya

Digital Domain
Bardel Entertainment
Capcom Vancouver
Electronic Arts Vancouver
Rainmaker Entertainment
Method Studios
Archiact Interactive


Contents

Basics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7p1XROYzY8 - 2015 absolute basics
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHmAXsicpLK2EHMZo5_BtDA - maya learning channel

Modelling

Facial Modelling Character Modelling Hard Body Modelling

Facial Modelling Playlist
Preparing reference images
Setting up reference planes in Maya
The Eye
The Mouth
The Nose
The Ear
The Cranium
Merging the head pieces
The Neck
Model Cleanup
Creating Eye Detail
Creating Mouth Detail
Ear Refinement

John Oliver Project Playlist
Scene Setup
Blocking out the body
Blocking out the body pt. 2
The Hand
The Head
The Head pt. 2
The Head pt. 3
The Head pt. 4
UVing the body
UVing the body pt. 2
UVing pt. 3
Final UV layout

Robotic Claw Playlist
Cobra blocking
Cobra blocking pt. 2
Tweaking NURBS
Booleans
Booleans cleanup
Booleans cleanup pt. 2
Curve Projections
Curve Projections pt. 2
Trunk Cleanup
Door Cleanup
Hood Cleanup
Hood Cleanup pt. 2

Architectural
Modelling an Archway

Texturing

Warping a Facial Texture
Tweaking a Facial Texture
Tweaking a Facial Texture pt 2.

Rigging

Maya Learning Rigging Playlist
BZP pro smart skinner
Advanced Animation Rig (free)
Case Studies
Creating an Eye Rig
Eye Rig - Constaints
Eye Lids pt. 1
Eye Lids pt. 2
Eye Blend Shapes
Eye Squash and Cleanup
Rigging a Gecko
Creating the Joints
Creating a Stretchy Spine
Dynamic Tail
Head Control
Foot Control
Checking the Rig

Rigging a Beetle
Rigging, Part 1
Rigging, Part 2
Leg Rigging
Body Rigging
Rig Cleanup
Creating Blendshapes
Preparing for Blendshapes
Creating Blendshapes
Humanoid Rigging
Creating the Skeleton
Skinning and Weighting
Foot Rig
Back and Head Rig
Hand Rig
Thumb Rig
Rig Cleanup

Animation

Animating a Gecko Walk Cycle
Triple Null Rig

Free Character Rigs from David OReilly - READ ME

MEL Scripting

Example Scripts

Animation Handle Creator
A script for creating three null animation handle.

Particles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4mEBkwpYWU - intro to particles maya 2015

Lighting and Rendering

Mental Ray

VRay
VRay Materials
VRay Help Doc

Exposing Mental Ray Production Shaders
Run this MEL command in your MEL bar:
optionVar -intValue MIP_SHD_EXPOSE 1;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dg9bi9fCe8 - basic lighting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKmJt3VzrtA - image based lighting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSfUAsIQLec - cinematic lighting (ambient occlusion)

Advanced Techniques

http://docs.autodesk.com/MAYAUL/2015/ENU/AdvancedTechniques/index.html#!/url=./files/landing_page.htm - ncloth, nparticles, muscle (text with included assets)

Useful Plug-ins and Add-ons

Maya Bonus Tools Expand Maya functionality with tools like: randomize transform, duplicate object over mesh. Full description of features in link.
iDeform A set of 3 essential tools. iDisplace, iCollide and iSkinDeform
BZP pro smart skinner
Advanced Animation Rig (free)