Hi guys. Anyone use Maya at all?
My next production I'm planning calls for a couple of extra special FX
I want a plane to fly overhead and see the exhaust trail behind it change to smoke. Now I can do the change in Particle Illusion and that is not the problem. It's the plane that is the issue. It need to fly along a specific path and so I think it will need to be a cheap CGI plane (it only needs to be very small after all).
I've heard of Maya as a 3D app and there is a freebie version for non profit making. My worry is that it is a serious piece of s/w, presumably with alarge learning curve given that each subject within the tool seems to deserve it;s own book on the subject.
So, onto my question, I don't need to do any modelling (presuming I can find a plane model to download somewhere) so assuming I have a model of a plane can I pick up the app and animate the plane across the screen quite easily or will it take a fortnight's hard graft?
My worry here is that unlike other apps I have where I can buy a book and get reading it appears that there is no single book for Maya and I donlt really want a learning curve of some 3000 pages just to open a plane model and animate it from point A to point B across the screen in 40 frames.
Any advice or single book recommendations welcome.