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 Lectures:
Lecture 1: Intro to Animating with Maya Lecture 9: Character Set and Trax Editor
Lecture 2: Keyframing, Graph Editor, Playblast Lecture 10: Rigging a Sack
Lecture 3: Digital Audio Lecture 11: Inverse Kinematics on a Sack
Lecture 4: Audio, Projects, Hierarchy, Principles Lecture 12: Camera Moves and Positions
Lecture 5: Rendering, After Effects Lecture 13: Understanding Single Chain and Rotate IK
Lecture 6: Ball Bounce Lecture 14: Binding the Skin of the Sack
Lecture 7: Path Animation Lecture 15: Principles of Animation
Lecture 8: Forward K and Constraints Lecture 16: Making a Playable DVD
 Lecture 5: Rendering and After Effects
 
Rendering out an animation:
Setting up the Render Settings to get ready for rendering

Window - Rendering Editors - Render Settings or select the render settings icon in the top right

File Name Prefix - enter username_projectname (example: smith_bounce)
Frame/Animation Ext - name.#.ext
Image Format - TIFF (TIF)
Start Frame - 1.0
End Frame - last frame in your animation (you can render parts at a time)
By Frame - 1.000
Frame Padding - 3 (the number of digits in the largest numbered frame)
* Deselect Alpha Channel (Mask) - NOT needed
Resolution - Presets - CCIR 601 - Quantel NTSC

Click the Maya Software Tab and select the following:
Quality - Production Quality
Close the Render Settings

NO Raytracing, no Mental Ray or motion blurring!!!!

To Render the Animation
Change to the Rendering Menu Set
Render - Batch Render
Keep your eyes on the status line on the bottom right (open it by clicking the icon on the bottom right)

  • You may render on the machine you are sitting on if a class is not in session.
  • You MAY NOT render during the day on Monday - Thursday unless there is no class.
  • NEVER render on more than your machine if the lab is busy and people may have to wait for a machine.
  • If the lab gets busy while you are rendering, stop your render job and let someone else use the machine.
  • NEVER use more than 3 machines (including the one you are sitting on) for rendering.
  • NEVER LEAVE renders unattended for more than 1 hour.
  • Always put a sign in front of the machine: Name, phone number, number of frames to render.
  • Animation Concepts:
    Art and Design concepts as it relates to music
    Timing
    Ease in Ease Out
    Dynamics
    How to start and end an animation
    Preparation to working with After Effects:
    Make a folder on the D: drive with your username
    Save all files to this folder (must work local files with AfterEffects)

    In Maya make sure you have set your render globals to the following before rendering:
          Animation Ext: name.#.ext
          Image Format: Tiff [tif]

    For DVD 4:3 resolution:
          Image Size Preset: CCIR 601|Quantel NTSC
          720 x 480
          DAR 1.333
          PAR 0.900
    After Effects

          Projects (.aep) - only one can be opened at a time
          A project holds all the pieces of your animation

          Importing your Maya rendered files:
           (import only creates a link to the file *Don't move or rename source files or layers!)      
          Move all your files to the local drive and put them all in organized folders before Importing

          File - Import - File
          Select first file of the sequence
          Change Import As to Footage
          Click TIF Sequence
          Open
                      
          In the Project window you can rearrange the order of files by dragging them up or down.

          File information is next to the thumbnail image in the Project window
          (information varies depending on the file type)

          Save your Project - File - Save As
          Name it and save it in the same place as your Maya files

    Working with Compositions
    Composition Menu
          Select New Composition
          Composition Settings
                Name the file (username_comp)

    Presets: NTSC DV 720 x 480
          Frame Rate - 29.97
          Resolution - Full
          Duration - specify how long you want the piece
                0:00:06:20 = 0 hours, 0 minutes, 6 seconds, 20 frames
          OK
          
    The Composition window:
    Shows the digital animation
    You can drag files from the Project into the Composition Window (it snaps in place)
          
    Composition Settings
          Composition - Composition Settings
                Can change resolution or duration

    Timeline
          Numbers in Blue on top left = current time
           Top of timeline sliders:
                 Top one is entire view (whole animation)
                 Next slider is work area (the area you want to work in and see as preview)
    Timeline Tips
    In the TimeLine:
    Can change the order of the layers
          Drag a layer by its name to a new position

    Can effect the visibility and moveability of a layer
          Click Eyeball - visuals ON/OFF
          Click speaker - audio ON/OFF
          Click circle - turn all others OFF and only show this layer
          Click lock - can't effect this layer with changes

    Can click the Layer Name to see the Source Name
          Select name and hit RETURN then change the name then hit RETURN again

    Home - go to beginning of timeline
    End - go to end of timeline

    Useful Buttons in the TimeLine
          Zooming in and out (Bottom of Timeline):
          Little mountain = zoom out
          Big mountain = zoom in
          Slider = zoom adjustment

    Navigating in the timeline:
    Can jump to a new location by typing in a new number (blue numbers on left)

    Adding your audio to your visuals
    In AfterEffects
          Import the audio
          Select the audio layer in the Project and drag to the Timeline
          You can use the Shift drag to snap it to the right spot

          Select Composition menu - Preview - Audio Preview (workarea)
          While listening you can hit the * on the numeric keypad to put a marker in the audio layer
          Use the Right mouse button on the marker to Delete the marker
          Doubleclick the marker to add a comment

          Open your sound file by clicking the triangle then open the Audio attribute to see the waveform
    Watching the Animation
    To do a Preview:
    Make sure you have slide the work area slider to the section you want to Preview
          Move top slider on timeline
          Turn on/off all layers you want to see /not see
          Click the RAM Preview Button (or hit 0)
                it runs through once putting it in memory and then plays fine
          May have to set the Resolution to half

    To do a regular preview hit the Space Key

    Can preview as a wireframe to get faster playback (good for studying motion)

    Set the Preview Options:
    Composition - Preview - Wireframe Preview

    To change total time of animation:
    Composition - Composition Settings
    To Render a final Movie
    Save the Project before making a movie
          Quit all other Applications

          Composition menu - Make Movie
          Name it - name.mov
          Save it to the same place you saved your files (it will take up lots of space)
          Don't worry about the Save as Type box we will change this later

    Click Render Settings - Best Settings (blue)
          Quality = Best
          Resolution = Full
          * Time Span - Length of Comp (make sure Composition Settings is correct) or use the Work Area Only
          Frame Rate - 29.97 - OK
          
    Click Output Module - Lossless (blue)
          Format - Quicktime Movie (this automatically throws you into the Compression Settings)
          if you have to get back into a second time to change anything, select the Video Output Format Options
                Compression type:
                      Select Animation
                Make sure it is Millions of colors NOT Millions+ OK
                Quality = High NOT Best - OK
          OK

    Click Audio Output ON

    Click Output to: to change the name or where you want to save it

    Open Current Render Details by clicking the arrow in the window
    Click Render


    To make a small movie to bring over to Audition

          In Render Settings: Frame Rate = 30

          Format - Quicktime Movie (this automatically throws you into the Compression Settings)
                Compression type:
                      Select Sorenson Video 3
                Frame Rate - 30
                Quality = Medium - OK
          OK

    Click Stretch
    Set to Custom - 360 x 240

    Click Audio Output OFF

    Click Render
    Adding an Animation to Audition
    In Audition:
    Make sure you are in the Multitrack / Main window

    Insert menu - Video and select the video

    You can only have one video in there at a time.