Maya: Bifrost Extension

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About this Course

Learn how to program procedural effects and simulate atmospheres using the Bifrost Extension, which holds incredible potential for 3D tool building and production.
Explore the Bifrost graph, a powerful new procedural content creation framework from Autodesk.

Expert covers the Bifrost Extension, a free Maya plugin for creating tools to accelerate almost every aspect of 3D production. Using the Bifrost visual programming environment, artists and technical directors in all 3D disciplines can automate complex processes and generate assets without writing a single line of code.


Topics include:

  • Core concepts of proceduralism
  • How Bifrost integrates with Maya
  • Navigating the Bifrost Graph
  • Loading example graphs from the Bifrost Browser
  • Simulating atmospheres and combustion with the Aero solver
  • Building a graph from scratch
  • Deforming polygon geometry
  • Using Bifrost in production
  • Assigning materials
  • Converting a Bifrost shape to a Maya shape
  • Caching a simulation to disk
  • Rendering an atmosphere in Arnold




Introducing the Bifrost Extension for Maya


Using the exercise files


1. Bifrost Basics
Understanding visual programming

Appreciating proceduralism

Conceptualizing the Bifrost framework

Enabling Bifrost in the Plug-in Manager

Loading a graph from the Bifrost Browser

Analyzing a graph in the Graph Editor

Navigating nested compounds


2. Building in the Graph Editor
Creating a basic graph

Installing a new compound in the user home directory

Constructing a graph from compounds and other nodes

Moving points in normal space

Exposing Bifrost parameters in Maya

Working with scene transforms

Creating and publishing a compound


3. Production with Bifrost
Converting Bifrost geometry to a Maya mesh

Assigning a material reference from Maya

Defining a material in the Bifrost Graph

Preparing a simulation disk cache

Writing a disk cache

Rendering a Bifrost volume in Arnold

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