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Focal Easy Guide to Maya 5 by Jason Patnode

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Maya 5 is an incredibly complex package; a person could work for a long time with the program and still not have used all of the modules or uncovered some of the very exciting hidden gems. This section contains information on often-overlooked work areas.

Body Dynamics

Body dynamics simulate real-world physics on either a rigid or soft form. A rigid body will not deform upon collision with another body; a soft body will deform.

  1   Create a new scene in Maya.

  2   Set the animation to 300 frames.

  3   Select Dynamics from the Status Line or press the F4 shortcut.

  4   Create a polygonal plane of 20 × 20 units with X and Y subdivisions of ...

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