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MEL Scripting for Maya Animators, 2nd Edition by Mark R. Wilkins, Chris Kazmier

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Chapter 21. Example of a Simple Crowd System

Sometimes you will need to create a tool that can be used throughout the course of a long production. In this chapter’s four examples, we will create a crowd system tool that will use Maya’s solid dynamics system and MEL scripts to implement an interface and crowd behavior. Our goal will be to make it robust enough for others to use. The end result of this project is shown in Figure 21.1.

Finished crowd system.

Figure 21.1. Finished crowd system.

Our discussion of this crowd system’s design will start with basics and then move on to the more complex. By the end, we will have a complete procedure that constructs a scene with a ...

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