Complete Maya Programming Volume II

Complete Maya Programming Volume II

An In-depth Guide to 3D Fundamentals, Geometry, and Modeling

1st Edition - August 5, 2005

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  • Author: David Gould
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780120884827
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080529578

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David Gould's acclaimed first book, Complete Maya Programming: An Extensive Guide to MEL and the C++ API, provides artists and programmers with a deep understanding of the way Maya works and how it can be enhanced and customized through programming. In his new book David offers a gentle, intuitive introduction to the core ideas of computer graphics. Each concept is explained progressively and is fully implemented in both MEL and C++ so that an artist or programmer can use the source code directly in their own programs. Geometry and modeling are covered in detail with progressively more complex examples demonstrating all of Maya's possible programming features. David Gould's first volume is widely regarded as the most authoritative reference on Maya programming. Volume II continues this tradition and provides an unmatched guide for the artist and programmer tackling complex tasks.

Key Features

  • Covers a spectrum of topics in computer graphics including points and vectors, rotations, transformations, curves and surfaces (polygonal, NURBS, subdivision), and modeling
  • Offers insights to Maya's inner workings so that an artist or programmer can design and develop customized tools and solutions
  • Discusses problem solving with MEL (Maya's scripting language) and the more powerful and versatile C++ API, with plenty of code examples for each

Readership

Intermediate to advanced Maya developers, technically savvy artists, technical directors, and students; in the film, television, and game industries

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Introduction
    1.1 Example Files
    1.1.1 Compiling Example Plug-ins
    1.1.2 Sourcing Example MEL Scripts
    1.2 Executing MEL Code in the Script Editor

    2 Points
    2.1 Dimensions
    2.2 Cartesian Coordinates
    2.3 Homogeneous Coordinates
    2.4 Polar and Spherical Coordinates
    2.5 Conversions
    2.5.1 Cartesian to Homogeneous
    2.5.2 Homogeneous to Cartesian
    2.5.3 Cartesian to Polar
    2.5.4 Polar to Cartesian
    2.5.5 Cartesian to Spherical
    2.5.6 Spherical to Cartesian
    2.6 MEL
    2.7 C++ API
    2.8 Locators

    3 Vectors
    3.1 MEL
    3.2 C++ API
    3.3 Adding
    3.4 Subtracting
    3.5 Scaling
    3.6 Length
    3.6.1 MEL
    3.6.2 C++ API
    3.7 Distance Between Points
    3.7.1 MEL
    3.7.2 C++ API
    3.8 Normalizing Vectors
    3.8.1 MEL
    3.8.2 C++ API
    3.9 Dot Product
    3.9.1 Angle Between
    3.9.2 Length Squared
    3.9.3 Perpendicular Projection
    3.10 Cross Product
    3.10.1 Perpendicular Vector
    3.10.2 Area of Triangle
    3.11 Points Versus Vectors

    4 Rotations
    4.1 Angles
    4.1.1 MEL
    4.1.2 C++ API
    4.2 Rotations
    4.3 Orientation Representations
    4.3.1 Euler Angles
    4.3.2 Quaternions

    5 Transformations
    5.1 Matrices
    5.1.1 Matrix Multiplication
    5.1.2 Matrix Transpose
    5.1.3 Identity Matrix
    5.1.4 Inverse Matrix
    5.1.5 MEL
    5.1.6 C++ API
    5.2 Transforming Points
    5.2.1 MEL
    5.2.2 C++ API
    5.3 Transforming Vectors
    5.3.1 MEL
    5.3.2 C++ API
    5.4 Transforming Normals
    5.4.1 MEL
    5.4.2 C++ API

    6 Transform Nodes
    6.1 Pivot Points
    6.2 Transformation Matrices
    6.2.1 Querying Transformation Matrices
    6.2.2 Editing Transformation Matrices
    6.3 Hierarchies of Transformations
    6.3.1 Transformation Spaces
    6.3.2 MEL
    6.3.3 C++ API

    7 Coordinate Frames
    7.1 Up Axis
    7.1.1 MEL
    7.1.2 C++ API
    7.2 Handedness
    7.3 Custom Coordinate Frames
    7.3.1 C++ API

    8 Polygonal Meshes
    8.1 Displaying Meshes
    8.1.1 General
    8.1.2 Components
    8.1.3 Normals
    8.1.4 Back-face Culling
    8.1.5 UV Texture Coordinates
    8.1.6 Vertex Colors
    8.1.7 Nonplanar Faces
    8.2 Querying Meshes
    8.2.1 Vertices
    8.2.2 Edges
    8.2.3 Polygons
    8.2.4 Face Vertices
    8.2.5 Normals
    8.2.6 UV Texture Coordinates
    8.2.7 Blind Data
    8.3 Creating Meshes
    8.3.1 Problematic Meshes
    8.3.2 Creation Checks
    8.3.3 Molecule1 Plug-in
    8.3.4 Molecule2 Plug-in
    8.3.5 Molecule3 Plug-in
    8.3.6 Molecule4 Plug-in
    8.4 Editing Meshes
    8.4.1 Construction History
    8.4.2 Supporting Construction History
    8.4.3 Supporting Tweaks
    8.4.4 Mesh-editing Framework
    8.4.5 Displace Mesh Plug-in

    9 Nurbs
    9.1 Concepts
    9.1.1 Control Vertex (CV)
    9.1.2 Hull
    9.1.3 Span
    9.1.4 Degree
    9.1.5 Order
    9.1.6 Edit Points
    9.1.7 Curve Point
    9.1.8 Parameterization
    9.1.9 Knots
    9.1.10 Form
    9.1.11 Surface Point
    9.1.12 Surface Isoparms
    9.1.13 Surface Patches
    9.1.14 Surface Curves
    9.1.15 Trimmed Surfaces
    9.2 NURBS Curves
    9.2.1 Displaying Curves
    9.2.2 Querying Curves
    9.2.3 Creating Curves
    9.2.4 Editing Curves
    9.3 NURBS Surfaces
    9.3.1 Displaying Surfaces
    9.3.2 Querying Surfaces
    9.3.3 Creating Surfaces
    9.3.4 Editing Surfaces

    10 Subdivision Surfaces
    10.1 Concepts
    10.1.1 Control Mesh
    10.1.2 Subdivision
    10.1.3 Limit Surface
    10.1.4 Creases
    10.1.5 Hierarchical Subdivisions
    10.1.6 Ordinary and Extraordinary Points
    10.1.7 Subdivision Scheme
    10.2 Displaying Subdivision Surfaces
    10.3 Querying Subdivision Surfaces
    10.3.1 Components
    10.3.2 Creases
    10.3.3 UV Texture Coordinates
    10.3.4 MEL
    10.3.5 C++ API
    10.4 Creating and Converting Subdivision Surfaces
    10.4.1 Polygonal Mesh to Subdivision Surface
    10.4.2 Subdivision Surface to Polygonal Mesh
    10.4.3 NURBS Surface to Subdivision Surface
    10.4.4 Subdivision Surface to NURBS Surface
    10.5 Editing Subdivision Surfaces
    10.5.1 MEL

    11 Contexts (Tools)
    11.1 SelectRingContext1 Plug-in
    11.1.1 Usage
    11.2 SelectRingContext2 Plug-in
    11.2.1 Installation
    11.2.2 Usage
    11.3 SelectVolumeContext1 Plug-in
    11.3.1 Installation
    11.3.2 Usage

    A Further Learning
    A.1 Online Resources
    A.1.1 Companion Web Site
    A.1.2 Additional Web Sites
    A.2 Maya Application
    A.2.1 Documentation
    A.2.2 Examples

    B Further Reading
    B.1 Mathematics
    B.2 Programming
    B.2.1 General
    B.2.2 C++ Language
    B.3 Computer Graphics
    B.3.1 General
    B.3.2 Modeling
    B.3.3 Animation
    B.3.4 Image Synthesis

    Glossary
    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 744
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2005
  • Published: August 5, 2005
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780120884827
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080529578

About the Author

David Gould

David A. D. Gould is an award-winning computer graphics artist and programmer with over a decade of distinguished accomplishments that span the globe. Among his diverse credits are technology development for Walt Disney Feature Animation, development of the Entropy renderer at Exluna, and 3D graphics chip design at Nvidia. He also developed Illustrate!, the leading toon and technical illustration renderer. David's filmography includes such films as The Lord of the Rings and King Kong.

Affiliations and Expertise

Weta Digital, New Zealand

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