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The MEL companion : Maya scripting for 3D artists

Author: David Stripinis
Publisher: Hingham, Mass. : Charles River Media, ©2003.
Series: Charles River Media graphics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By learning how to script with MEL, artists can maximize the power of Maya and customize it for their own specific needs. Written from an artist's perspective, this book makes learning MEL scripting easy. It begins by introducing basic programming and scripting concepts, and explains how these concepts relate to MEL. Using practical projects, artists then learn to use the MEL language in animation, expressions,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stripinis, David.
MEL companion.
Hingham, Mass. : Charles River Media, ©2003
(DLC) 2003002079
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Stripinis
ISBN: 1584502754 9781584502753
OCLC Number: 70758278
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 468 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
1 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MAYA EMBEDDED LANGUAGE --
I THE MAYA EMBEDDED LANGUAGE --
2 A PRIMER ON MATHEMATICS --
3 MEL BASICS --
4 AN INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS --
5 THE SCRIPT FILE --
II Working With MEL --
6 GEOMETRY --
7 ANIMATION --
8 EXPRESSIONS --
9 LIGHTING AND RENDERING --
10 CREATING TOOLS IN MAYA --
11 CUSTOMIZING THE MAYA INTERFACE --
12 FILE HANDLING IN MEL --
13 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE: A FINAL WORD ON MEL --
A ABOUT THE CD- ROM --
B WEB RESOURCES --
INDEX.
Series Title: Charles River Media graphics.
Responsibility: David Stripinis.
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By learning how to script with MEL, artists can maximize the power of Maya and customize it for their own specific needs. Written from an artist's perspective, this book makes learning MEL scripting easy. It begins by introducing basic programming and scripting concepts, and explains how these concepts relate to MEL. Using practical projects, artists then learn to use the MEL language in animation, expressions, lighting, rendering, custom tool and interface creation, and file handling. A detailed appendix on the most commonly encountered vector and 3D math solutions is also included. This is the one resource for Maya users ready to master MEL.

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