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Course Software and Optional Purchases

Mouse
You will need a 3-button mouse to use Maya. This is not optional.


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 larger and easier to work (You should do this at home too.) Look at your laptop to verify the connection.

4K Monitor for home
27 inch, 3840x2160, $200, you can connect your laptop if it will support the resolution. (My little 2014 1366x768 Macbook Air goes up to 2k 1920x1080 with a monitor attached. My 2016 3000x2000 Surface Laptop will change to 4k 3840x2160 by going into the Display settings.)


External Hard drive

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 the very small Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 1TB - USB 3.1 External SSD $140 or if that is too expensive Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0  $43, SSD is about 25% faster than HDD.

First backup any files and format the drive as exFAT; this way the drive will work on either PC or Mac, with large files over 4GB. You may need to format this on a Mac.


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Install all this free software on your Mac or PC for the course, this will take all day:

Maya 2022 and an update

On a PC use Firefox, it will be easier.
Go to: https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/maya
Select Sign in, then CREATE ACCOUNT >
Make sure to use your student email
     Your account will need to be verified.

Go to Autodesk.com Select Sign in
Go into the User menu  under the icon update_maya
Software
Select Products and Services
     Select View Downloads
     Choose Install now, it will download 2 files
         
Go to your Downloads
folder, double click the installer

Updates
Go to Autodesk.com Select Sign in
Go into the User menu  under the icon update_maya
Select Product updates
     Download the most recent update for your computer platform, save the files.
Go to your Downloads folder, double click the installer



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Download and install the Unity Hub
https://store.unity.com/download
Create an account
     Click on the male icon
          Select
Create a Unity ID
Check terms of service and click on Download Unity Hub  Choose Save, go to your downloads folder
Run UnityHubSetup.exe
to install software
     Answer yes to firewall questions.
    
Accept license agreement and click Next
     Click Next
    
Select Download files to temporary location, Click Next
This will bring you to the Preferences->License page
     Click Manage License
          Login
     Click ACTIVATE NEW LICENSE

          Select Unity Personal

               Select I don't use Unity in a professional capacity.
     Click the left arrow Preferences to get back to the main section

Install a Unity version
Start the Unity Hub
Go to Installs
Click ADD
Select 2020.3.25f1 (LTS)  (Select the latest LTS version)
     Select WebGL Build Support
     (PC: Microsoft Visual Studio Community and Documentation are already selected.)


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


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Video Players

Quicktime 7 for mac and 7.7.9 for PC (Your mac came with a different version of quicktime, not as functional.)

MPC-HC  only PC, video players that plays 4K and h.265 codecs.

You may wantto use VLC as well.

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FTP Software

PC:  WinSCP https://winscp.net/eng/download.php

Mac: Filezilla  https://filezilla-project.org
Be careful to not install the optional software!

File protocol: SFTP
Host Name: file.design.ucla.edu
Port: 22
User ID: Your login
     /data/classes/Winter22/156/drop
     or  /home/users/yourlogin/myClasses/Winter22-156/drop


FYI The temp drive is located:   /mnt/tempdrive/personal_space

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Mac Stuffit Expander
Mac users will need this.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stuffit-expander-16/id919269455?mt=12

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Adobe Substance 3D Painter
Install this through Adobe Creative Cloud, make sure you login as ucla.edu
in order to aquire your free Adobe software through UCLA.

Please install After Effects and Photoshop too.


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