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Features

Toolsets for character creation and digital animation

View Maya® demo videos showing features that enable you to tackle challenging character creation and digital animation productions. Get powerful integrated 3D animation, modeling, simulation, effects, and rendering tools on a robust and extensible CG pipeline core.

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Dynamics & effects

  • New

    Bifrost procedural effects platform

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

  • New

    XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator

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

  • New

    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

    Geodesic Voxel Binding

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

  • General animation tools

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

  • 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.)

3D modeling

  • New

    Streamlined retopology toolset

    Streamline workflows for easier retopology. (video: 12:43 min.)

  • New

    Polygon modeling

    Model faster and more reliably. (video: 12:43 min.)

  • New

    OpenSubdiv support

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

  • New

    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: 1:14 min.)

  • Surface modeling

    Create mathematically smooth surfaces.

  • UVs, normals, and color-per-vertex

    Streamline UV creation and editing.

Pipeline integration

  • Scripting and API

    Customize Maya with scripting and API access.

  • 2D and 3D integration

    Take advantage of streamlined workflows.

  • Data and scene management tools

    Manage large data sets and complex scenes.

  • 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.)

3D rendering & imaging

  • New

    Color management (Extension 1)*

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

  • New

    ShaderFX

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

     

  • New

    Ptex support in mental ray

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

  • Integrated renderers

    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.)

  • Rendering, shading, and camera features

    Produce high-quality images with a range of tools.

  • Maya Composite

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

  • Professional camera tracking

    Insert CG elements into a live-action scene.

*This feature is exclusively available as part of the Maya 2015 Extension 1 release to customers on active Maintenance or Desktop Subscription.