This tutorial section is a collection of scientific visualization-oriented training materials. One can browse this material either by difficulty level, software package, or 3D topic area. Tutorials will either be in PDF or video/audio format - a link to download any associated scene files and scripts is provided next to the link for viewing the tutorial.
If you are new to working in Maya and/or After Effects, here are some convenient "shortcuts" pages for both applications to help you through the tutorials:
DNA: Variations on a theme |Janet
Iwasa & Gaël McGill
Topics: PDB GEOMETRY, MODELING, DYNAMICS, MEL
Covers the creation of a variety of DNA models - from simple 'plank DNA' to a PDB-based model that unwinds and melts using a master controller. pdbReader, ballAndStick and jPivToParticle MEL scripts are also covered.
This tutorial shows you how to create and prepare a mesh from a PDB file,
use constraints and a softbody motion path to animate binding events, and MEL to add membrane-tethered receptors and generate ECM fibers based on particle trajectories.
Like the 'VIllus Capillary' tutorial, this is meant as a brief introduction to the Maya pipeline. The scene starts with PDB geometry of E-cadherin and explains the very basics of animation and rigging.