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General Description

Autodesk® Maya® 3D animation software delivers an end-to-end creative workflow with comprehensive tools for animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. Whether you work in film, games, television, advertising, publishing, or graphic design, Maya offers state-of-the-art toolsets, combined into a single affordable offering designed to help meet today’s demanding production requirements. Autodesk® Maya® 2012 delivers new toolsets for previsualization and game prototyping, extended simulation capabilities, and improved pipeline integration.

Basic Usage

AutoDesk Maya can be run in both a GUI-based mode and a text-based mode. The GUI mode should be used for interactive access to Maya where you require a graphical interface. For batch-mode submissions to the compute nodes (without graphics) you are required to use the text mode.

GUI Usage

Interactive Front-End Usage - Invoke Maya directly on the command line (with an optional script file):

 module load maya

 maya

Interactive Compute Node Usage - Use the following template to invoke Maya in your SGE submission script (with an optional script file). Your script must be submitted from the crcfe01/crcfe02.crc.nd.edu front-end node (so that the graphical display can be forwarded from the compute nodes):

#!/bin/csh

#$ -M netid@nd.edu
#$ -m abe
#$ -q long
#$ -V             # required for graphic forwarding

module load maya
maya

Non-GUI Usage

Compute Node Usage - To run on the compute nodes without graphics you need to invoke the Maya rendering job in your SGE submission script with a script file. Your submission script can be submitted from any front-end node. Here is an example rendering job script:

#!/bin/csh
#$ -M netid@nd.edu
#$ -m abe
#$ -q long
#$ -pe smp 8

module load maya/2015
Render -r mr -rt 8 -rd ~/mayafinalproj/output/ -im final -of jpg -s 1 -e 580 -cam combined:camera1 -log logfile -proj proj4 ~/mayafinalproj/combined_final2.mb

Useful Options

Restricted Software: You must obtain an ACL at <CRCSupport@nd.edu> before you can gain access to the AutoDesk Maya software. 

Further Information

See the official website: AutoDesk Maya