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LaNtIs
05-01-2004, 05:48 PM
Hi all! I use Maya 5.
I must model an Underwater scene... but i dont know how i can do it!
Is the life of many fish species under a river of amazonia!
Anyone know, or can send me a good tutorial? or post a tecnique in this post? Thx!

SpeccySteve
05-03-2004, 11:33 AM
This might come in handy..

http://www.lysator.liu.se/~kand/caustics/

It's a free program that generates patterns of caustics ( the bright light patterns you'd see on a river bed or swimmimng pool base.)

You can project them through spotlights as an animated texture, really cuts down on render times compared with "proper" caustics and looks much the same really.

( I assume this is easy enough to do in Maya, I'm an XSI dude myself.)

As for the fish, you could simply animate them along a curved path, get them to deform along the path and it should provide a rough "swimming" movement. ( not physically accurate, looks ok though.)

This is written for Max, might give you some ideas though.
http://www.3d.sibiul.ro/underwater01.php

And this is a cinema one
http://www.3dpics.de/tutorials/underwater_e.html

You might want a look at this too.
http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/tutorials/lightfog/lightfog.html

Even though they aren't Maya-specific you should be able to apply the techniques. If you're still stuck I can only suggest asking in the Maya forum.

-Steve

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