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Mastering Autodesk® Maya® 2012 by Eric Keller, Todd Palamar

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Chapter 2

Virtual Filmmaking with Autodesk 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 diffcult 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 viewers know what they need to focus on and how they should feel ...

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