In an effort to improve my work situation and life in general, I have decided that I need to make a slight career adjustment, and that adjustment necessitates that I (re)learn how to use Maya. This scares me because I am so far out of my element since I am 6+ years out of college (where I learned Maya as part of my degree). Assuming all I need is a technical education, where online could I start to learn how to model and animate again? I just want to be able to claim basic proficiency on my resume and not be lying about it.
I need a free alternative to 3D Studio, one that has a fairly similar interface. [more inside]
So, basically, I want to know what the various options are for CGI/3D animation software. Factors to consider are, price, ease of use/learning curve required, system(s) required and so on. I know I'm being vague, but I really just want to know what the various options are. For instance, I have dabbled a very little bit with Blender, but found it beyond arcane and hard to use. Any help would be appreciated.
What animation tools for Mac are not very good? [more inside]
What is the best program that I should learn for 3D animation? [more inside]
I am thinking about applying to some Game Design / 3D animation programs in and around Vancouver, B.C. Got any suggestions?
How can I get "slices" of a 3D rendered object? [more inside]
what is it called, and how do you make a simulated 3D photo using two photos, then animated to flash back and forth? [more inside]
Pixar's Up: 3d or 2d? [more inside]
How can I rotate an object in Maya while it's on a path and automatically banking? I'm currently making an animation involving a paper airplane, and I have it set to bank automatically, but I would like it to fly upside down at one point, and briefly turn on its side at another. I'm very new to paths in Maya, and whatever I try to do usually ends up making the plane rotated for the entire animation. Ideally I'd like to be able to keyframe a rotation while still having the paper plane following the path and banking normally. Is this possible?
GiftFilter: What can I give my brother-in-law for Christmas that will help improve his chances of getting a 3D art job? [more inside]
Fractal creation/generation within Maya? [more inside]
Recommendations for college-level digital art course : video on the industry/creative processes of 3-D animation? [more inside]
Please help me learn a few simple techniques in Blender. Including outputting an animation to video. [more inside]
How can I learn Maya in two months? [more inside]
How do I get into 3D animation? Should I go back to school or can I teach myself? [more inside]
I do not know the first thing about 3D animation. help! [more inside]
Does anyone know where the cow that appears about 2/3's of the way though this (otherwise crappy) YouTube video is from? My 3-year-old son absolutely loves it and I'd like to see if there's more from the same animation, or even by the same studio that produced it.
In this collection of clips of Rube Goldberg machines for NHK's Pitagora Suichi, was CG animation used? [more inside]
3dFilter: I'm interested in making a short 3d animation of a Martial Arts form (or kata). Not really sure how I'd do this. [more inside]
Does anyone happen to know what an "industry standard" percentage might be for an independent salesperson in the media industry (commercials/animation/print/etc.)? [more inside]
Recommend 3D animation software with scripting ability. [more inside]
looking for a simple 3d-modeler [--->] [more inside]