Overview

Autodesk® Maya® 2022

Create expansive worlds, complex characters, and dazzling effects with Maya

  • Bring believable characters to life with engaging animation tools.
  • Shape 3D objects and scenes with intuitive modeling tools in Maya® software.
  • Create realistic effects—from explosions to cloth simulation.

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What’s New in 2022?

Universal Scene Description (USD)

Universal Scene Description (USD) support in Maya lets artists work seamlessly with USD in conjunction with Maya workflows. The pre-built Maya USD open source plug-in is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Animation Ghosting

The Ghosting Editor lets you create images that echo the animation, letting you visualize movement and position of animated objects over time.


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Component Tags for Deformers

Component Tags let you create node-independent named groups to deform geometry, letting you modify tag membership on the fly.


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Python 3

Maya on Windows and Linux now starts in Python 3 mode by default.

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Bitfrost 2.2.1.0

Maya 2022 provides Bifrost 2.2.1.0 which includes new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes.


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Graph Editor Improvements

Peak Removal Filter in Graph Editor to clean up noisy animation data


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Sweep Mesh

Create a mesh from a simple curve shape using the new Sweep Mesh feature.


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Security Preferences

You can now flag specific commands or plugin locations to be blocked when Maya loads them in the Preferences window.


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Rokoko Motion Library Plug-in

Simply drag and drop professionally made mocap assets into your scenes from the comfort of your own home.

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Cached Playback improvements

Cached Playback has been updated to provide support for dynamics nodes and the Time Editor.


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New Solidify deformer

The new Solidify deformer lets you create areas of geometry that appear more solid on deformed geometry, which lets you define rigid parts of a character’s clothes, such as buttons or a belt buckle.

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OpenColorIO v2

Maya integrates OpenColorIO v2 for state-of-the-art color management


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Create VR for Maya

Create VR for Maya is an immersive conceptual design tool that empowers artists and designers to start their creative process directly in 3D.


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Arnold for Maya 4.2.1 plug-in

Maya 2022 provides MtoA 4.2.1 which includes new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes


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Auto Tangent Types

New options for Auto Tangents in the Graph Editor offer an improved algorithm, giving animators better control and more predictable results.

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Start up experience improvements

A number of improvements have been made to Maya’s startup experience.

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Maya Vision Series

Animation

Warren Trezevant


VFX

Marcus Nordenstam


Lighting

Laurence Cymet & Nicola Milosevic

Virtual Production

Ben Guthrie & David Morin