Maya Matrix/Vector Lessons


#1

Hello new forum! My name is Andrew, an animator at Uber Entertainment, but I recently switched to Maya and have been getting up to speed on rigging and Python. I have been messing around with transform matrices and vectors with OpenMaya and MEL expressions, but I could use some structured tutorials. What text books or tutorials would you recommend to better understand transform matrices in Maya?

-Andrew


#2

Hamish Mckenzie’s tutorials are a great primer: http://www.macaronikazoo.com/?page_id=413
Ryan Trowbridges masterclass is awesome as well: http://area.autodesk.com/masterclasses/masterclass/class3_q1_2012

There’s also a lot of great information in game development books. There’s a book called “3D math primer” or something along those lines which is great.


#3

Thanks! I had found the Macaroni Kazoo series and it really helped me. I’ll check out that master class. Is this the book you are talking about?


#4

This is the first one of a series I did on 3d math:
Links to the others at the bottom of that page


#5

[QUOTE=dox;29972]Thanks! I had found the Macaroni Kazoo series and it really helped me. I’ll check out that master class. Is this the book you are talking about?

http://www.amazon.com/Primer-Graphics-Development-Wordware-Library/dp/1556229119[/QUOTE]
Yup! That’s the book! I found it useful when I was learning about 3D math.

[QUOTE=Theodox;29974]This is the first one of a series I did on 3d math: http://techartsurvival.blogspot.com/2014/11/bagels-and-coffee-or-vector-dot-product.html

Links to the others at the bottom of that page[/QUOTE]

Ooh! Didn’t know you had written a bunch of those! Thanks Steve!


#6

Thanks, I was able to get my bike tires to turn correctly driven by world vectors after that masterclass. I’ll check out that book and I’ll read anything about Bagels and coffee!