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

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Bonus Chapter 1

MEL Scripting

MEL is a powerful scripting language that can be used to automate many tasks within Maya. Using MEL, you can create your own scripts, which can save you time and labor and extend the capabilities of Maya. MEL has developed over the years into a powerful tool embraced by many artists and technical directors. Much of the tedium of working in Maya can be eliminated with even just a few simple scripts. Maya users from around the world share their MEL scripts online; these scripts can be downloaded and installed as part of Maya, allowing you to customize your workflow.

In addition to the MEL scripting language, you can use Python; this gives you a second option for automating tasks. In this chapter, you'll learn how to ...

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