(NEW for Maya 2022.1) Intro to Animation Interactive Tutorial

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Last modification: 21 Sep, 2021
  • Film & VFX
  • Maya
Skill Level
  • Beginner
10 min

Want to try animating in Maya but don't know where to start? Then join our virtual mentor, Mayabot, as it steps you through everything you need to get started through a fun, interactive lesson... in baseball!

To use this tutorial:

  1. Download and extract the zip file here: https://areadownloads.autodesk.com/wdm/maya/tutorials/interactive_animation.ma.zip (see blue button above)
  2. Open Maya 2022.1 or later
  3. Load the file "Interactive_Animation.ma".

(Note: If the tutorial doesn't start right away, try loading the scene file again from within Maya via the File > Open Scene menu)

Interactive tutorials are a brand new way to learn right inside of Maya itself. Just load the tutorial and follow the story. Perform tasks right inside the UI as Mayabot asks you to in order to move further along towards the end. It's a fun, gaming-inspired approach to learning!

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| 1 month ago
Het Matt, I've reached step 72 on this tutorial and now I cannot proceed, no matter how many of the controls I rotate and move. Halp!
| 1 month ago
That's odd. On Step 72, the Next button should just be enabled so you can just click it to move on.
| 27 days ago
Hello! I downloaded the zip, unpacked it, then opened the .ma file. Unfortunately, nothing happens from there. The scene with the two robots loads, but nothing moves. If I press "play" on the timeline, it just plays the animation of zooming on the robots but no interactive overlay gets activated. Any directive on how to launch the tutorial? Thanks! Not sure if it's related but I am on the trial version of Maya 2022.1.
| 27 days ago
Okay, never mind. I was opening it by double-clicking the .ma file which doesn't work. Copying it to "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\maya\projects\Interactive_Animation" and opening it from within Maya (File > Open scene...) did the trick!
| 20 days ago
I was able to download the tutorial, but when it starts for some reason everything is really dark
| 20 days ago
Also feel like it'd be helpful if you gave people the option to look back at previous steps
| 19 days ago
I have the same issue as Ryan Pergent. I downloaded and opened the files and have no clue how to pull up the tutorial. It just shows the two robots standing there. How do you begin this thing?
| 19 days ago
@Thomas & Brandon: Try opening Maya first, then loading the files from within the software.
| 16 days ago
Hello, I've tried several times to open this scene. First by opening Maya first then through the Open menu at startup. Then after already starting up Maya in a new scene then opening the file from there. I've also tried opening straight from the file itself without any luck.
| 16 days ago
@Kenneth, are you using Maya 2022.1? If so, I would try deleting your preferences first (https://youtu.be/HptugoNgwAU)
| 9 days ago
Hi! I'm stuck on the stage 72 too, the "next" button is not activated and I don't know what to do, I tried moving or rotating the controls but nothing happens :(
| 8 days ago
@Esther and Dan, Okay I've reuploaded a new version of the tutorial that should fix the issue. Please try re-downloading from the same link and try again. Sorry for the inconvenience!