Maya 2016 Extension 2 has just been released and with it an exciting and extremely fun new addition; Mash for Motion Graphics and so much more. Mash used to be a third party paid plugin for Maya that allows you to create very complicated procedural animation with ease.
As of 18/04/2016 MASH is now shipping with Maya 2016 Extension 2. If you’re on subscription then this is a free upgrade. If you’re already a MASH user then we’d highly recommend the upgrade. The version of MASH now shipping with Maya has had some significant enhancements.
Before we dive into the beginner tutorials released by autodesk, check out the MASH 3.0 Demo Reel to see some of the awesomness created with this exciting new tool.
The following tutorials are created by Autodesk and they are awesome to get started with MASH for motion graphics, you can also find some more tutorials on MASH’s Vimeo channel however they are for the older version. Don’t forget about Maya’s Documentation either which is an awesome resource to get started.
MASH Workflows Complete Playlist
MASH End to End Workflow - Introduction
This Maya MASH Motion Graphics tutorial series shows you the end-to-end workflow of creating a futuristic UI effect using MASH: from creation of the basic elements to exporting them in layers to Adobe After Effects.
MASH End to End Workflow - Creating a Pixel Globe
This Maya Mash tutorial shows you how to create a pixellated globe using MASH.
MASH End to End Workflow - Creating a plexus sphere and surrounding elements
This Maya Mash tutorial shows you how to create a common plexus sphere effect, as well as a set of randomized bolts and a ring around your globe.
MASH End to End Workflow - Animating scene elements
This Maya MASH tutorial shows you how to animate the components created in the previous parts of this series.
MASH End to End Workflow - Creating and fixing a HUD element to the camera
This Maya MASH tutorial shows you how to create a rotating HUD element and fix it to follow the camera.
MASH End to End Workflow - Creating additional HUD elements
This Maya MASH tutorial shows you how to add additional HUD elements such as an audio wave, waveband, and randomized 8-bit pattern to your HUD.
MASH End to End Workflow - Exporting effect layers to After Effects
This tutorial shows you how to export your various MASH effects one layer at a time to Adobe After Effects for finishing.
Creating MASH effects - Plexus text with pixel fill
This tutorial shows you how to create a text-styled plexus effect and then fill it with cubes.
Creating MASH effects - 2D Flat Shaded Tunnel
This tutorial shows you how to use MASH along with the Hardware 2.0 renderer to create a flat shaded style effect.
Creating MASH effects - Animated Histogram
This tutorial shows you how to use a 2D grayscale representation of data to generate a 3D histogram.