To ensure the lesson
works as described, do these steps before beginning:
- Make sure you understand the basic concepts
of modeling NURBS curves, animation, and dynamics. For more information,
see Maya Help.
- Select the Dynamics menu
Unless otherwise noted,
the procedures in these lessons assume the Dynamics menu
set is selected.
File > New Scene to
create a new scene before you start each lesson. For those scenes
that require you to open a file, the Hair scene files are located
in GettingStarted/scenes directory.
The GettingStarted directory
is installed in the same location as your Maya software application.
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.
Also set the playback
and animation end times to 10000. This ensures you have lots of
time to interact with the playback of the hair simulation.
- 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 in
the Getting Started with Maya guide.
- We also provide a completed scene for
each of the lessons in this chapter. If you want to see the expected
results of the lessons, you can open the scenes located in the GettingStarted/scenes directory. The
scene filenames end with Final.ma,
for example, Hair_HeadFinal.ma.