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Mastering Maya® 2009 by Anthony Honn, Eric Allen, Eric Keller

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Chapter 17. MEL and Python

MEL is a powerful scripting language that can be used to automate many tasks within Maya. As a matter of fact, The Maya interface itself is actually the result of many MEL scripts working together. Using MEL you can create your own scripts, which can save you time and labor and extend the capabilities of Maya. If you already know the popular scripting language Python, then you can use Python to run MEL commands, which makes Maya more compatible with other software packages that use Python.

In this chapter you will learn to:

  • Use a MEL command

  • Use MEL scripting techniques

  • Create a procedure

  • Use Python

Use a MEL Command

MEL stands for Maya Embedded Language. MEL is a scripting language similar to a programming language such as ...

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