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Autodesk® Maya® Scripting: MEL™ and Python

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    The script language MEL (Maya Embedded Language) is not only a feature of Autodesk Maya software, it is the foundation. Every function in Maya is a MEL command that can be accessed using menus, icons, buttons, marking menus, and other controls. In this class, we will cover MEL concepts, the possibilities and limitations of this scripting language, and the differences in the Maya API. We will work through some examples, and discuss the differences between MEL and Python and explain the advantages of using Python for Maya.

    Key Learnings

    • List the differences between MEL and Python
    • Explain the limitations of MEL
    • Use basic MEL/Python commands
    • Write your own MEL scripts