Preparing for the lessons

Do these steps to ensure the lessons in this chapter work as described:

  1. Select File > New Scene to create a new scene before you start each lesson.
  2. If you have not already done so, copy the GettingStarted folder from its installation location to your projects directory. Then, set the GettingStarted directory as your Maya project. For more information, see Copying and setting the Maya project.
  3. Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Preferences. Click Time Slider under Categories and make sure the Playback Speed is set to Play every frame. Dynamic animation plays more accurately with this setting.
  4. Select the Dynamics menu set. Unless otherwise noted, the directions in this chapter for making menu selections assume you’ve already selected the Dynamics menu set.
    NoteBefore you perform the lessons in this book, ensure that the Interactive Creation option for primitives is turned off by selecting Create > NURBS Primitives > Interactive Creation. That is, ensure a check mark does not appear beside the menu item.