This is a continuation from the previous blog on Bouncing Ball Animation with Maya : 4 Factors to Create Good Animation. In this video tutorial blog, I’ll explain from start to end on creating a good bouncing ball animation with Maya.
Before we start learning animation, we have some technical aspect to cover.
1. Mac O/S
Mac O/S is generally more stable and processes much faster in graphics compared to Windows O/S. If you are using Windows O/S, just note that the Command Key is mapped as Control Key in Windows.
2. Maya Software
Maya Software is available in educational license at Autodesk website. If you are a student, they allow you to download an educational copy by registering with them. If you are not, you might want to borrow your friend’s copy to try it out before you purchase it.
3. Bouncing Ball Rig
4. Hand position
I need to stress that efficiency is important in our industry, so we make use of our two hands when working in 3D. I see many students who are lazy and uses only 1 hand on the mouse which can be very very slow.
Thumb is placed at Command/Ctrl key and easily tap Spacebar when necessary.
Fourth, middle and index fingers are placed on W, E and R respectively because these are the common shortcut keys to Translate, Rotate and Scale tool in most 3D softwares.
Use on a mouse. I have to recommend buying a 3 button mouse with scrolling middle mouse button. 3D softwares needs 3 buttons for navigation so investing in a good mouse will gives you a piece of mind when animating. I’m currently using a wireless USB mouse by Logitech (Model M185) which I bought at about USD$25 and has been serving me very well for the past 1 year.
Here is the #8/8 video tutorial, enjoy!
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 1/8 – Basic Maya and Rig
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 2/8 – Key framing and Animation settings
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 3/8 – Slow in, Slow Out and Graph editor
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 4/8 – Timing and Key Framing
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 5/8 – Graph Editor and Handle Controls
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 6/8 – Play Blast & Preview Animation
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 7/8 – Moving Horizontally
Bouncing Ball Tutorial with Maya 8/8 – Realistic Rotation
Learning to animate does not relies on only software skills. The fundamentals of animation is critical to make your animation looks realistic. Check out what contributes to a good animation and I’ll see you soon!