In this month's free tutorial, I have a real treat for you - something which I know many VFX artist wish they could do. It all stems from my experience working in the industry where I have so often witnessed artists resorting automatically to using Maya's Render Tool when they could actually be so much more efficient if they knew some of the alternatives available to them.
So, I am going to introduce you all to 'Command Shells', and teach you how to use command line rendering. I know, I know, it often sounds a little daunting to take things down to command line, but trust me, this is a professional skill which will help you stand out from the rest and seriously speed up your workflows.
In an age when scenes are constantly increasing in size, being able to utilise RAM efficently on your system is vital and using 'Command Shell' is a great way of achieving this.
I will begin by looking at rendering in Maya. I will essentially make sure you understand how rendering is achieved, and then when that is done, we will take a look at the 2 Command Shells options which are available to you through WIndows 7. I will teach you how to control the environment variables by manually editing paths, and how to specify where the system will look for certain executable files - in this case the Bin folder in the Maya directory.
I finish the video tutorial by showing you how to access help and view lists of commands - many of which can be utilised to not only navigate the Bin folder, but also your entire system. By the end of the video you will be happy using the shells as part of your workflow, whether it's just looking at pictures or launching the render of one of your Maya scenes.
- Editing paths and solving problems
- Using the Bin Folder in Maya
- Accessing and viewing a list of commands
- Using shells as part of your workflow
I'll be working on more new tutorials with the rest of the tutors here at Escape Studios, so if you have an idea or think that you might be able to share some of your expertise with our online community, just drop me a line.
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