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Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Tweaking nParticles Forces

By George Maestri

In Maya 2009 New Features, George Maestri demonstrates several breakthrough updates in the latest version of this 3D modeling, rendering, and animation tool. He explores the upgrades to the interface and covers soft selection and other modeling tools. George then delves into more complex new features, including the Asset Manager for organizing objects and nodes within a scene; animation layering to blend, merge, group, reorder, override, and add to preceding layers; Maya Muscle, for creating lifelike skin motion; and nParticles, a new particle system.

In this clip, host George Maestri discusses how now with nParticles you don't have to create separate wind, gravity, and other forces separately because it is all built in. George shows you how to set nParticles up to create the wind, gravity and other forces. He also covers the Nucleus tab which defines the forces, such as wind speed and air speed. He also shows how top turn the wind on and off. 


Tweaking nParticles Forces

Tweaking nParticles Forces

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George Maestri is an animation director and producer based in Los Angeles. He has written a number of books on 3D character animation, including Digital Character Animation (New Riders), and Maya at a Glance (Sybex Books). His credits include work for such studios as Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Comedy Central.
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