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Features

Tools for character creation and animation

Maya® software helps you tackle challenging character creation and digital animation productions. Get powerful, integrated 3D tools on a robust, extensible CG pipeline core.

Note: Extension 1 and 2 features are available only to current Maya subscribers as part of the extension releases for Maya 2016 software.

Motion graphics

  • New

    Motion Graphics toolset

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Create beautiful effects with instanced objects. (video: 13:20 min.)

  • New

    3D Type

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Create branding, logos, titles, and other text. (video: 11:04 min.)

  • New

    Improved vector graphics workflow

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Import or copy and paste SVG files into Maya. (video: 7:16 min.)

Dynamics & effects

  • New

    Deep adaptive fluid simulation

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Simulate high-level details just where you need them.

     

  • New

    Adaptive foam in Bifrost

    Add froth, foam, and bubbles to liquid simulations. (video: 8:02 min.)

  • New

    Faster, easier-to-use XGen

    Updated workflow, presets, sculpting, and preview. (video: 9:19 min.)

  • New

    Guided simulation in Bifrost

    Drive the behavior of liquids. (video: 6:42 min.)

  • New

    Adaptive Aero solver in Bifrost

    Create atmospheric effects such as smoke and mist. (video: 8:22 min.)

  • Bifrost procedural effects platform

    Simulate and render photorealistic liquids. (video: 5:40 min.)

  • XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator

    Generate curves, spheres, and custom geometry. (video: 6:38 min.)

  • Bullet Physics

    Create realistic rigid and soft-body simulations. (video: 4:34 min.)

  • Maya nHair

    Create hair and curve-based dynamics. (video: 5:27 min.)

  • Maya nParticles

    Simulate complex 3D visual effects.

  • Maya nCloth

    Create realistic deformable materials.

  • Maya Fluid Effects

    Simulate atmospherics, liquids, and open water.

  • Rigid and soft-body dynamics

    Simulate multiple rigid and flexible objects. (video: 3 min.)

  • Maya Fur

    Create realistic fur, short hair, wool, and grass.

3D animation

  • New

    Animation performance (enhanced)

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Speed enhancements make your scenes even faster.

  • New

    Parallel rig evaluation

    New system speeds rig playback and manipulation. (video: 4:12 min.)

  • New

    Delta Mush deformer

    Deformation results are closer to original geometry. (video: 3:22 min.)

  • General animation tools

    Keyframe, procedural, and scripted animation tools. (video: 1:34 min.)

  • Natural-looking character creation

    Skin, rig, and pose believable characters.

  • Reusable animation

    Reuse existing characters to save time.

  • Camera Sequencer

    Speed previsualization and virtual moviemaking. (video: 7:36 min.)

  • Geodesic Voxel Binding

    Get high-quality skinning results in less time. (video: 1:05 min.)

3D modeling

  • New

    Shape Authoring workflow (enhanced)

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Art-direct character rigs with a more complete workflow. (video: 11:02 min.)

  • New

    Symmetry modeling (enhanced)

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Make symmetrical models more easily.

  • New

    New sculpting toolset

    Sculpt and shape models more intuitively. (video: 6:26 min.)

  • Streamlined retopology toolset

    Streamline workflows for easier retopology. (video: 2:11 min.)

  • Polygon modeling

    Model more quickly and reliably. (video: 2:49 min.)

  • OpenSubdiv support

    Accelerate performance with interactive workflows. (video: 1:37 min.)

  • UV toolset

    Create better UVs in less time. (video: 3:03 min.)

  • Polygon and subdivision mesh modeling

    Create and edit meshes using an intuitive toolset. (video: 7:10 min.)

  • Surface modeling

    Create mathematically smooth surfaces.

  • UVs, normals, and color-per-vertex

    Streamline UV creation and editing.

3D rendering & shading

  • New

    Render Setup

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Quickly render and manage complex scenes. (video: 9:10 min.)

  • New

    Additional look development shading nodes

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Shade complex scenes more easily. (video: 9:09 min.)

  • New

    Enhanced look development workflow

    Hypershade work is more artist-friendly and intuitive. (video: 6:02 min.)

  • New

    Color management

    Preserve creative intent with color-safe workflows. (video: 1:15 min.)

  • Integrated renderer options

    Choose from a wide range of integrated renderers.

  • Painting in Maya

    Use intuitive brush-based tools. (video: 43 sec.)

  • Toon Shader

    Create cartoon animations from 3D scenes.

  • Next-gen viewport display and shading (enhanced)

    Work in a higher-fidelity interactive environment. (video: 11:46 min.)

  • ShaderFX 3D shading

    Easily create 3D shading effects. (video: 3:56 min.)

  • Rendering, 3D shading, and camera tracking

    Produce high-quality images with a range of tools.

  • Ptex support in mental ray

    Render Ptex UV-less textures in mental ray. (video: 1:01 min.)

  • Maya Composite

    Get a high-performance, HDR-capable compositor. (video: 42 sec.)

  • Professional camera tracking

    Insert CG elements into a live-action scene.

Pipeline integration

  • New

    Enhanced game engine workflows

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Move from Maya to game engines faster and more easily.

  • Scripting and API

    Create custom scripts and plug-ins.

  • 2D and 3D integration

    Take advantage of streamlined workflows.

  • Data and scene management tools

    Manage data and scenes with specialized workflows.

  • Scene Assembly tools for smarter data

    Create large, complex worlds more easily.

  • Advanced file path handling

    Quickly diagnose and fix broken file paths. (video: 2:31 min.)