3D Animation And Data Visualization In Autodesk Maya

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No formal qualification
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  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This course includes lifetime access so you can complete the course at your own speed.

By taking this course today, you will learn data visualization and 3D animation in Autodesk Maya to impress at your next presentation.

Benefits of taking this course include:

  • Unlimited and lifetime access to the course
  • Learn the course at your own pace
  • Course can be accessed on any platform
  • 24/7 Customer support

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If you want to start your journey to learn 3D animation, take your data visualization to the next level, or just impress everyone at your next presentation, this course is for you!

I believe the best way to learn 3D is not by me just listing off every single tool, but by taking a project-based approach like this course so you can learn from actually building something you can use in your day-to-day life. Don't be intimidated by 3D!

I know it's an intimidating idea to learn 3D because I struggled to learn it when I began but I will walk you through exactly what buttons to press, concepts to begin to understand, and pitfalls to avoid to achieve the same results you see from the 4 examples in the preview video.

Why Maya?

Maya is the industry standard in film and commercials. Over the past several years I've worked at over 7 different studios, big and small, and they all use Maya for their 3D work. We will also cover using the Arnold renderer as it is now shipped with Autodesk Maya. In addition, we will use Adobe After Effects and Photoshop to aid us in completing some finals renders out of Maya and to manipulate the map texture for the final series.

Outline: The course is broken down into 4 sections of ascending difficulty:

  • Line Graph
  • Bar Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Maps

Each section will cover a different method and technique inside Maya so the course will make the most sense starting from the beginning and watch each lesson in order. However, if you only need to learn how to make a pie chart, for example, you should be able to skip to that section and only watch that series of lessons and still be able to follow along to make only a pie chart.

I'm excited to share this course with you and introduce you to 3D. If you already know a little 3D or Maya you will still have plenty to learn as I cover some creative solutions to problems I haven't seen covered anywhere else. Thanks for enrolling!

What are the requirements?

  • Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop are the softwares we will use and all have a free trial available to download from their websites.
  • You do not need any experience in these softwares.

What will I learn?

  • Be able to create four types of data visualizations in 3D: line graph, bar graph, pie chart, and map data.
  • Learn the basics of animation inside Maya
  • Light and render 3D images as stills or movie files
  • Manipulate map images in Photoshop to use inside Maya as textures
  • Composite 3D images inside After Effects to export as movies
  • Download the exercise files and use them to study

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who makes reports and presentations
  • Marketers who want to increase their skillset to create stunning images of data
  • Anyone interested in beginning to learn the industry standard software in 3D animation

The 3D Animation And Data Visualization In Autodesk Mayawill cover the following topics:

Section 1 - Introduction

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction To Maya

Section 2 - Line Graph

  • Create Data Points
  • Create Line Between Points
  • Rigging Line For Animation
  • Animation: Part 1
  • Animation: Part 2
  • Modeling Background
  • Adding Text
  • Adding Materials And Shading: Part 1
  • Adding Materials And Shading: Part 2
  • Camera Animation And Playblasting
  • Compositing In After Effects
  • Adding Glow In After Effects

Section 3 - Bar Graph

  • Modeling Bars And Background
  • Rigging For Animation
  • Bar Animation
  • Refining The Animation
  • Adding Materials
  • Lighting: Part 1
  • Lighting: Part 2
  • Adding Text
  • Camera Animation
  • Maya Rendering
  • After Effects Rendering

Section 4 - Pie Chart

  • Creating Pie Chart Base
  • Cleaning Up The Rig
  • Duplicating The Rig
  • Positioning Pie Chart
  • Animating Pie Chart
  • Adding Text
  • Adjusting Animation
  • Lighting
  • Creating Glass Material
  • Compositing In After Effects

Section 5 - Map

  • Adding Map Image
  • Adding Displacement
  • Adding Contrast
  • Cleaning Borders
  • Fixing Values
  • Polishing In Photoshop
  • Lights, Camera, Render
  • Compositing In After Effects

Section 6 - Maya Exercise Files

  • Resources

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for those who want to make better data presentations and learn 3d animations.


  • Autodesk Maya Software
  • Adobe After Effects Software
  • Adobe Photoshop Software

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