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post #1 of 10
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Hey,

I've gotten to the stage in my video game production in UDK where i need to expand beyond static meshes and BSP brushes (you can go surprisingly far with these). Basically, when I was much younger i learned how to model in 3D using zmodeler. That means I learned how to make 3D object poly per poly (a 50k poly car took a long time...)

Anyways, I'm out of the loop when it comes to 3D modeling. It seems to be so much different now with all these tools that do everything for you. I've take a crack at 3DSmax and it was all so alien to me.

I was just wondering what kind of software was out there, it doesn't have to be extremely powerful or complex but at the same time i want to expand and drift away from all the generic static meshes in UDK.
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Well, from what I have seen when I did UDK development a few years ago, Max and Maya have the only officially supported and released plugins from Epic Games to export meshes to the UDK platform in the specific format. I personally use Maya and prefer it over Max for ease and simplicity. As for any alternative forms of software that can be used for UDK, I have absolutely no idea.
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Thanks, I've given 3DSmax in the past and i didn't like it, i guess I'll give Maya a try. Hopefully its easy to make simple objects.
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It is very simple and intuitive. Give it a shot and if you need to ask questions, I can answer them. I teach university level Maya currently.
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I know you previously said you tried 3ds Max and didn't like it, but maybe this tutorial will change your mind:
http://www.moddb.com/tutorials/beretta-9000-video-tutorial

This tutorial is bar-none the best I've ever come across. Totally changed how I use the program and visualize modeling things. It's incredible.

Part one is messed up on moddb though, so here's a youtube link for it:
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-R6HIpaC-c[/ame]

The tutorial shows you how to make a Beretta 9000, but the skills learned can be extrapolated to do pretty much any object.
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You can do the exact same thing with Maya. This is nothing new actually.
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I know, and I never said it was new. I was merely offering up an alternative.
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Originally Posted by NITRO1250;13714252 
It is very simple and intuitive. Give it a shot and if you need to ask questions, I can answer them. I teach university level Maya currently.

Hi sorry to thread jack, but could you recommend a book that a beginner could start with for Maya? Something with practice files preferably? Or if you seem to know an even better way to go about it please do tell tongue.gif

I've been wanting to learn Maya properly for a long time and i've been following the Autodesk tutorial, half way through. Any advice you could provide would be great.
Edited by Razultull - 6/11/11 at 10:13pm
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Here's some ultra beginner max tut's I did for a class I taught last semester. They cover basic nav. & polymodeling principals/tools. Intended to get someone w/ zero experience a push into some modeling. It's about 3-1/2 hours in total.

linkyhttp://sheaspina.com/2011/06/3dsmax-modeling-fundamentals

Anyway, not trying to push you one way or another, just offering some help to push over the hump should you choose to try max again.
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I honestly wouldn't recommend a book. Video tutorials are the best possible as you can see how someone goes through the motions while a book you see mostly text and a grainy screenshot. Gnomon Workshop and Digital Tutors are places I'd recommend getting a cheap tutorial video from. They have great instructors who can easily get you started.
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