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Interactive 3D Graphics

Autodesk via Udacity

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Overview

This class will teach you about the basic principles of 3D computer graphics: meshes, transforms, cameras, materials, lighting, and animation.



Why Take This Course?

By the end of this class you will know enough to make an animated 3D demo program that runs in a web browser, while also understanding the basic principles of how realistic computer images are generated.

You will also have a portfolio of small interactive programs that run in any web browser that supports WebGL.

Syllabus

Lesson 1: Introduction

Motivation and a trip down the graphics pipeline, laying out the fundamental processes

Lesson 2: Points, Vectors, and Meshes

The basics of 3D geometry definition

Lesson 3: Colors and Materials

Color representation, material computations, transparency

Lesson 4: Transforms

Translation, scale, rotate and how to properly combine all these

Lesson 5: Matrices

Transform representation and how to fully control these

Lesson 6: Lights

Directional and point light sources

Lesson 7: Cameras

How the camera is defined

Lesson 8: Textures and Reflections

Color and opacity textures, along with reflection and normal mapping

Lesson 9: Shader Programming

An introduction to programming vertex and pixel shaders

Lesson 10: Interaction and Animation

How to select and make objects move

Taught by

Eric Haines

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George T
5.0 4 years ago
George completed this course.
Great course and professor, who is participating in forums and answers to students' questions. Content can be intimidating at some points, but the course is self paced and the forums are (still) active and therefore you have all the time and help to fully grasp concepts.
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G G
1.0 12 months ago
by G partially completed this course.
I do not recommend this class. There are so many modules that consist of Eric Haines talking (he has a habit of talking too fast) and drawing out picture diagrams with his digital pen. If you do not mind sitting through several hours of these brief fragment style videos before even starting to work with the Autodesk software, then it will be all right for you.

I am sure there will be others that begin to wonder if this class is the best use of their time. For example, the introduction section had over 40 sequences of random bits of brief videos, and some topics were not even cove…
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Shing S
5.0 4 years ago
Shing completed this course.
A wonderful course for 3D web-tech and Three.js .

Require some basic knowledge on 3D modeling and rendering to understand what the course is about.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very good course to learn to create in 3d for the web and graphics concepts. Awesome professor - very helpful and active.
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