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Mastering Autodesk® Maya® 2011: Autodesk® Official Training Guide by Eric Keller

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Chapter 2. Virtual Filmmaking with Maya Cameras

Maya is a visual effects studio designed with the art of filmmaking in mind. Maya's virtual camera replicates real-world cameras as much as possible, while at the same time offering enough flexibility in the settings to allow for a wide variety of creative uses. This chapter introduces the core concepts of how to work with Maya's virtual cameras.

Although the technical aspects of using Maya's cameras are not difficult to learn, mastering the art of virtual cinematography can take years of practice. As with all filmmaking, the story is told through the camera. The camera is used to manipulate the elements of the scene, letting the viewer know what they need to focus on and how they should feel about ...

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