Alias used its 3December event to unveil its six new Learning Tools.

Learning Tools are targeted at games developers, film-and-video production creative professionals, and 3D beginners.

According to Alias, "the tools combine industry knowledge from industry professionals at Weta Digital, Sony Pictures Imageworks and LucasArts".

For amateur 3D animators there are two new Maya Beginners Guide DVD titles: Maya 5 Beginner's Guide | Rendering (£24); and Maya 5 Beginner's Guide | Dynamics (£24).

For games developers, there are two new DVD titles, both from LucasArts game development experts: Maya Techniques | Character Articulation for Games (£90) and Maya Techniques | Developing an Environment Toolkit (£90).

And for the film and production industries Alias introduced Maya Techniques | Flow Workflows (£90) – available on December 9. It includes techniques and footage from the production company of Lord of the Rings.

Also for the film and production industries, the launch date of Maya Techniques | Previsualisation (£90), is still to be announced.

The new products will be available for purchase at the Alias store.