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Scripting and API tools for pipeline integration

Maya® software is a highly customizable and extensible application that offers several avenues for pipeline integration. Maya provides extensive scripting and API (application programming interface) tools, streamlined workflows with certain 2D and 3D applications, and tools for handling large data sets.

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    Pipeline integration

  • Scripting and API

    Create Maya scripts and write plug-ins in Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python* scripting language to increase efficiency, customize features, and differentiate your work. Maya plug-ins and stand-alone applications can run from the Maya command line in C++, Python, or .NET languages.

    *Python is a registered trademark of Python Software Foundation.

  • 2D and 3D integration

    Use Render Layers to manage multiple passes within a single scene and export to your compositor of choice, or as Adobe Photoshop (PSD) or Flash (SWFT) output. Generate and update a compositing tree based on the render layers in the scene. Import an EDL in Apple Final Cut Pro, XML, or AAF formats, change shot timings in the Camera Sequence, and re-export. Create and edit bevels in Illustrator files while maintaining the ability to update the original.

  • Data and scene management tools

    Specialized tools and workflows enable you to efficiently manage large data sets. View and edit node relationships with the powerful dependency graph architecture. Segment scenes using assets and file referencing to help manage workflows, and to improve performance by offloading scene elements until you need them. Group nodes into containers and create custom and user-specific views. Extensively modify modeled data without rebuilding.

  • Scene Assembly tools for smarter data

    Create large, complex worlds more easily, and manage production assets as discrete elements. Easily swap between different representations, such as varying levels of detail. Apply, animate, or query edits at different levels in the scene assembly hierarchy. Track overrides on assemblies via an improved Edits system. Use the API to customize the toolset to create proprietary solutions.

  • Advanced file path handling

    Quickly diagnose and fix broken file paths, and work with nonlocal data and nonstandard file paths with URI support. The File Path Editor lists nodes that use external files, such as textures, image planes, references, and audio files. When a file path is broken, you can quickly relocate the file, or search recursively within a directory structure. Set paths to nonexistent files for handoff to users who may have different directory structures. Use the API to teach Maya about URI schemes.