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Tutorials for using Unity paired with Autodesk Maya?

I am currently a psych major, but I'm very interested in computers in my free time. I'm a gamer and I've always really wanted to experiment with creation in Unity.

My understanding is that AutoDesk Maya offers a 3-year free trial for students, and that it can be used to create .obj files or animations for use in games.

I'm wondering where I can go to learn how to use either of these programs, really just to experiment. Are there any locations online that offer tutorials or advice specifically for these two programs? I'd love to pursue this interest. Thanks in advance! #computer-science #computer-software #computer #video-games #computer-games #unity3d #autodesk #unity2d

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Kelly’s Answer

Hi Alexandra!

Great question! I am not as familiar with Maya, but Unity has a lot of free online tutorials and a very helpful community forum if you run into problems. I actually learned a lot from the examples, demos, and "getting started" materials on their site. [Links below]

Unity Tutorials: https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials
Unity Answer Forum: http://answers.unity3d.com/index.html

Another alternative to Maya that is free and "open source" is Blender. https://www.blender.org/
It is a little complicated to get started, but they also have tutorials that can be found here: https://www.blender.org/support/tutorials/

My best advice is to just download Unity (and possibly Blender) and start making small projects! You can start with their tutorials to get an idea of how the software works, and then start to create custom games/characters/etc. Youtube also has a lot of helpful tutorial videos that could help you get started. (You can search for Unity or Blender tutorials)

Another helpful tip to get started is to download free assets or 3D models from Unity or Turbo Squid! You can use these models to have some "building blocks" for your own custom projects.

Unity Asset Store: https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/en/#!/
Turbo Squid: https://www.turbosquid.com/Search/3D-Models/free

Good luck, and have fun!

Thank you, Kelly! Can't wait to get started trying these out this summer. I'll see you over on the Slack channel! Alexandra C.

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Siddharth’s Answer

There are tons of tutorials to learn unity and maya, for maya specifically the maya learning channel on youtube is a good place to start : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHmAXsicpLK2EHMZo5_BtDA
And for using both in conjunction you can look here : https://learn.unity.com/project/the-maya-to-unity-pipeline