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Escape Studios (New York, London) is offering some of its Maya Core course as a ‘demo’, in order for potential students to get a taste of what the complete course has to offer.  

The course consists of movies related to aspects of Maya’s functionality.  For the demo, most of the movies are locked down, so you can’t view them.  Through the titles of the movies, you are able to get an understanding of the sheer depth that this course offers.  

For the movies that are unlocked, you are able to view the clip in its entirety.  Most courses online that ‘unlock’ sample training only offer the first introductory movies to get the potential participant interested.  In contrast, Escape Studios, has unlocked videos throughout its course offering.  One can get a good idea of what you are actually going to get if you sign up for the complete course.

If you are looking to find Autodesk Maya training online, this might be the place to look.

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The hotbox allows you to access all of the functions of Maya from a HUD-like interface.

Click on any viewport.  

Press <spacebar> 

This will bring up the HotBox.

The initial state of the hotbox will display the menuset that is currently being used.

There are five marking menus that are available also depending on what area of the screen you click.

click on:

center (over the words ‘Maya’) - will allow you to select the viewport that you wish to change to (perspective, front, top, side)

left  - change the selection mask to one of the following

  • NURBS mask
  • Object/Components
  • Rendering
  • Polygons
  • Dynamics
  • Deformations
  • Animation
  • Hierarchy

right - turn on/off user interface elements 

  • help line
  • command line
  • status line
  • time line
  • range slider
  • toolbox
  • attribute editor
  • channel box/layer editor

top - change your layout to one of the presets

bottom - change the viewport panel to a non-viewport panel

  • outliner
  • render view
  • hypershade
  • dynamic relationships
  • hypergraph
  • dope sheet
  • graph editor
  • set editor

You are also able to bring up all of the other menusets in the HotBox by selecting the ‘Hotbox Controls’ -> ‘Show All’

TIP: If you have a layout where you have multiple viewports open, you can put your pointer over one of them, hit  <spacebar> and it will maximize that viewport.