Course Software 

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Install this free software on your Mac or PC for the course:

Mouse
You will also need a 3-button mouse to use Maya.           

Cable
Please bring an HDMI to mini displayport or thunderbolt cable to connect your PC or Mac laptop to a classroom monitor, it will be easier to work. Look at your laptop to verify the connection.

External Hardrive
You will keep all your assignments on an external hard drive. 500GB or more. This way you can easily use any computer in the lab or your laptop. I recommend Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 1TB - USB 3.1 External SSD (MU-PA1T0B/AM) $350 or if that is too expensive Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEH1000101) $70, SSD is about 25% faster.

Format the drive as NTFS or exFAT; this way it will work on either PC or Mac.
Set up Maya to see your drive



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Maya  2019
Create an account login,  autodesk set up a sign in    for free software

Go to Autodesk.com Select autodesk_signin  to sign in    
     Select MENU
     Select Free Student Software

     Select Maya
     License type: Personal or individual use

     Version:Maya 2019.
     Choose your Operating system and language.
     click INSTALL NOW
Go to your downloads folder, double click the installer



UPDATE Maya 2019
Go to Autodesk.com Select autodesk_signin  to sign in
     Go HERE under MANAGEMENT scroll down
     choose Maya

     Select Updates & Add-Ons
     Download the most recent update for your computer platform, save the file.
Go to your downloads folder, double click the installer



PROBLEM SOLVING 2019

If you accidentally installed the 30 day version, you can get your serial number from:
Go to Autodesk.com Select SIGN IN, select Autodesk Account, If you are already signed in go HERE
under MANAGEMENT scroll down
     choose Maya, your serial number is next to the version of Maya



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SketchUp for Education
SketchUp for education   3D software good for importing models etc


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Unity
Installing (or updating) Unity
https://store.unity.com/download
Check terms of service and click on Download Installer  Choose Save, go to your downloads folder
Run UnityDownloadAssistant-xxx.exe
to install software
Click Next
Accept licence agreement and click Next
Check only the following components:
     Unity 2017.1.0f3
     Documentation
     Standard Assets
     Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2017 (if using Windows)
Click Next
Select Download files to temporary location, Click Next
Accept the license agreement for Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2017, Click Next
Wait for Unity to download and install, Click Next
Click Finish to close Setup.

Start Unity
Create a login for unity, Click Next
Under license management select Unity Personal, Click Next
Select I don't use Unity in a professional capacity, Click Next



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Screen Grab software for documenting VR projects:
OBS Studio https://obsproject.com/download 


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Video Players:

Quicktime 7 for mac and PC (Your mac came with a different version of quicktime, not as advanced.)

MPC-HC  only PC, one of the few players to deal with the 4K codecs.



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Steam
Install this software so you can connect a VR headset to your computer..
Download from:
http://store.steampowered.com/
Install Steam button is located in the upper right corner
Save and run SteamSetup.exe to install software.
Accept license agreement
When the program opens for the first time, it will look for software updates and install them.
Create a New Account, Click I Agree twice
Account Name and Password (you'll need to remember this for later), click Next
Contact email address, click Next, Click Next to confirm account, Click Finish

Steam
will start running
Is this your current email address? click Yes, Click Next to verify email
Check your email and click the link within to complete email address verification with Steam, Click Finish



Room Setup
Start up Steam, you will need the Vive equipment for this
In the small
SteamVR beta window, under the down arrow, select Run Room Set-Up
Click on Room-Scale
Follow the instructions for Room Setup on your computer screen to set up your room
Setup complete, click next



Testing the Vive
Put on Headset
Use the controllers to launch the SteamVR library
Run the SteamVR Tutorial


If the Vive VR is not working:

Make sure the headset and controllers are connected
Try wiggling the Headset and pressing the buttons on the controllers
Make sure the hand held controllers have charged batteries
Make sure SteamVR status utility is running
     Start Steam  unity_steam_logo
     Login
     Hit this logo in the upper right of the steam window, you can close the large window  start_steam_VR
     Ignore Display and Base Station warnings, it will work.
    
unity_steam_status
Steam Status Utility will look like this if it is ready.

Reset Steam if you don't see all the icons
     Select the down arrow next to SteamVR unity_steam_arrow
     Select Devices->Reboot Vive headset
     There is also a menu to Run Room Setup, this should be done already



Try installing a few games from Steam
Installing a Game: Float Gallery
You can install a game by using the Steam client within the headset or through your monitor.
Go to the Store tab
Click on Games > Free to play
Type Float Gallery on the search bar and click on the link
Click on Play Game / Free
Uncheck Create desktop shortcut, Uncheck Create start menu shortcut
Click Next, Click Finish to start download
Go to the Library tab > Games
Double click on Float Gallery
Put your headset on and grab the controllers to begin playing
Follow the instructions on the headset to begin navigating the different exhibitions
Make sure to enter the Ultralight Beam room by Manuel Rossner

Installing a Game: Irrational Exhuberance - prologue
You can install a game by using the Steam client within the headset or through your monitor.
Go to the Store tab
Click on Games > Free to play
Type Irrational Exhuberance on the search bar and click on the link
Click on Play Game/Free
Go to the Library tab > Games
Double click on Irrational Exhuberance - prologue
Put your headset on and grab the controllers to begin playing
Follow the instructions on the headset
*This game requires you to use the controllers to touch and push the surfaces so make sure you're not just pointing at them.


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FFMPEG

PC:  https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/
     Select the Version, Architecture and Static Linking
     Select Download Build
     Save the file to your Downloads folder
     Right mouse over the zip file, select Extract All...
     Move the ffmpeg-....-static folder to your C:\Program Files folder
Set up an Environment Variable Path to the FFMPEG program:
     Run Windows Settings
     Select System
     Select About
     Scroll down to Related settings, select System Info
     Select Advanced system settings, System Properties window pops up with Advanced tab selected
     Select Environment Variables... 

          Select New... for User variables
          Type Path for Variable name
          Input the entire path of the ffmpeg program, include bin
               C:\Program Files\ffmpeg-20180721-3735d55-win64-static\bin

Mac: https://evermeet.cx/ffmpeg/
Unzip the file in your Downloads folder
Drag the ffmpeg program into you Applications folder