|During the SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference, Doug Walker, CEO and President of Alias, excitedly announced that the Maya 7 release was, in his opinion, the biggest feature release that Maya has ever done. Doug should know ... he has been in computer graphics for twenty years.|
Maya has experienced a great deal of growth in digital publishing, film/video, and games and has optimized workflow for those markets. In addition, Maya is always customizing its releases for larger customers who have specialized needs. Indeed, in 3 to 6 months, Doug hopes to share additional new technologies.
For now, the features of Maya 7 include:
[The above screen grab shows the new blendshape weight painting introduced in Maya 7. Allowing artists to use the Artisan brush tools to paint weight maps for their blendshape targets.]
[The above image depicts a simple scene setup with render layers ... see render layer editor in the bottom right. With this addition users are able to easily separate their scene elements into manageable pieces that can easily be fed downstream to compositors without the need to manage numerous scene files.]
[The above scene shows Toon outlines being previewed in realtime in the viewport as well as a rendered image in renderview.]
But that’s not all. Maya 7 also integrates with Motion Builder 7, now owned by Alias. Motion Builder allows for complete transferability back and forth with Maya 7.
The floor plane, which traditionally used to be a flat floor, now can move and rotate. This makes for great skateboarding and the body responds to the rotation of the floor.
You can even take an animation of one character and apply it to another. Have the dancing baby going, and want to apply the dance to a light pole? No big deal — create your light pole, and transfer the animation — rigging and all.
Maya can even take advantage of the 64bit Mental Ray renderer sporting much greater speeds.
For a full look into Maya 7 we invite you to visit:
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August 29, 2005