Autodesk Maya VFX & Dynamics

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TRAINING COURSE – Autodesk Maya 2019 VFX & Dynamics

Target Group

This training is designed for aspiring vfx artists, TDs and experienced users who have already obtained skills in Maya or other 3D software and now want to learn how to build VFX shots in Maya 2019.

Starting the training with simple particle simulations you will get to know the engines that are integrated in Maya. Besides particles, Rigid- and SoftBody-Simulations as well as nCloth and Maya Hair / Fur will be discussed. When it comes to water-, fire- or smoke-simulation, the emphasis of the training will be put on Maya Fluids. Here, the setups are getting more and more complex because secondary effects are added to the main-simulations in order to reach even higher levels of realism.

Moreover, you learn to analyze effects and natural phenomena of reference material and then adapt them in Maya.

To complete this training we will go through the rendering and the transferring to another compositing solution like The Foundry NUKE or Adobe After Effects in order to post the final shot.


In this training you will get a thorough introduction to the Dynamics-Engines and -Tools of Maya 2019 and also learn practically oriented workflows in order to implement visual effects quickly and effectively in Maya.

This Training can be held for two or three days, but keep in mind: The more time available, the greater the learning success!


  • Particle simulations in Maya

  • Forces and fields

  • Instancing geometries

  • Particle collisions and goals

  • Caching of simulations

  • Rendering of particles

  • Ridig-Body- & SoftBody Simulations

  • Initial-States and -velocity

  • Mass and Center of Mass

  • Bounce, Friction and Damping

  • Constraints

  • Baking-Techniques

  • Maya Hair / Maya Fur

  • Maya Fluids Container

  • Water and ocean in Maya

  • Smoke & Fire-Simulations in Maya

  • Explosions with Fire, Smoke and Dust

  • Fog-Generation

  • Collaboration with NUKE / AfterEffects


Note that the suggested topics are adjusted to the needs and desires of every single training customer.
So you – and your team – get exactly the training that you need.


Training Requests

All training contents will be adapted to your individual needs. A free analysis is the basis of a successful learning. Therefore take the chance and feel free to contact us. After a first talk on the phone, we create an individualized plan according to the goals you wish to achieve.

If you are interested in a training by pixeltrain / Helge Maus, you can reach us by phone +43.699.10669979 or email info(at) We will contact you as soon as possible for an informal talk.

Besides the training, we also provide a detailed, free advice before you buy a package, as well as consulting and project support during a production.



Autodesk Maya 2019 is one of the most powerful 3D applications on the market that has been put to prove its incredible amount of features in hundreds of Hollywood films. Many studios worldwide count on Maya as THE modeling and animation package.

But also in the fields of VFX- and Dynamic-Simulations Maya 2019 has many professional tools and simulation-engines to offer, that allow to create effects in a Hollywood-style quality.