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Maya® Professional Tips and Techniques by Lee Lanier

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Chapter 1. Customization and MEL Scripting

MAYA TAKES THE lion's share of high-end 3D work in the feature film and visual effects industry. You can trace this fact to one particular trait: the software is infinitely customizable. The customization is not restricted to multimillion-dollar productions, however. You can customize Maya to your own tastes and thereby work faster, more intelligently, and most important, more comfortably. The most thorough and powerful method of customization is the application of MEL scripting. MEL is the underlying language on which the entire program is built. Every single tool and function within Maya has one or more lines of MEL code associated with it.

This chapter's topics are organized into the following techniques: ...

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