MAYA FOR

ANIMATION

Breathe life into your 3D models with Maya’s powerful animation tools

Whether you’re out to animate lifelike digi doubles or loveable cartoon characters, Maya has the animation toolset to bring your 3D assets to life.

Why Maya

Creatively engaging
Faster animation
Animation tools 

Creatively engaging

Experience an intuitive and robust toolset that makes animating feel more like creative expression than pressing buttons. From animating attributes of any object to transforming joints and bones, IK handles, and models over time, Maya gives you the creative freedom to bring your characters and scenes from first concept to reality. 
Image courtesy Elizabeth Figueroa

Why Maya

Creatively engaging
Faster animation
Animation tools 

Faster animation

Powerful tools in Maya speed up the process of creating and editing animation. The Time Editor provides an intuitive, clip-based workflow for non-linear animation editing, so you can navigate easily between clips and adjust timing operations like speed, length, and start/stop times. Cached Playback enables you to evaluate iterations of your animation right in the viewport, rather than producing multiple playblasts. 

Why Maya

Creatively engaging
Faster animation
Animation tools 

Best-in-class animation tools 

From tools for producing high-quality, production-ready bound characters to an intuitive graph editor for manipulating animation curves and keys in your scene, and shape authoring tools for adding fine details such as facial expressions to characters, you’ll be working with the industry’s best software for animation.
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What's new in Maya

See Maya in action

From setup and rigging to animating details like toes and ears, follow along as animator Konstantinos Zacharakis brings this lion character to life using Maya. 

Animating a lion walk cycle

Rigging set up

Animating a lion walk cycle

Rigging set up

Animating a lion walk cycle

Front legs and chest

Animating a lion walk cycle

Front legs and chest

Animating a lion walk cycle

Refining front legs and chest

Animating a lion walk cycle

Refining front legs and chest

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Animating a lion walk cycle

Hips and back legs

Animating a lion walk cycle

Hips and back legs

Animating a lion walk cycle

Completing back legs

Animating a lion walk cycle

Completing back legs

Animating a lion walk cycle

Head and neck

Animating a lion walk cycle

Head and neck

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Animating a lion walk cycle

Spline and tail

Animating a lion walk cycle

Spline and tail

Animating a lion walk cycle

Jaw and ears

Animating a lion walk cycle

Jaw and ears

Animating a lion walk cycle

Toes and elbows

Animating a lion walk cycle

Toes and elbows

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Animating a lion walk cycle

Final Adjustments

Animating a lion walk cycle

Final Adjustments

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4-6

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10
What's new in Maya

Maya in action

From setup and rigging to animating details like toes and ears, follow along as animator Konstantinos Zacharakis brings this lion character to life using Maya. 
See Maya in action

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See Maya in action

From setup and rigging to animating details like toes and ears, follow along as animator Konstantinos Zacharakis brings this lion character to life using Maya. 

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What’s new in Maya

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What’s new in Maya

Maya 2020 builds on powerful animation features introduced in Maya 2019 with over 60 improvements and updates based on community feedback.

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What’s new in Maya

Maya 2020 builds on powerful animation features introduced in Maya 2019 with over 60 improvements and updates based on community feedback.

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