MAYA FOR 
VISUAL EFFECTS

Create mind-blowing effects with Maya’s powerful VFX tools

Create mind-blowing effects procedurally with Bifrost for Maya

From blazing explosions to complex snowstorms, Maya has the VFX tools you need to create jaw-dropping effects.

Why Maya?

Visual programming environment

Ready-to-use graphs

Natural-looking effects

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Powerful visual programming environment

Get full control over your effects with visual tools that allow you to select, connect, experiment, and tweak. Using a single visual programming graph called the Bifrost Graph Editor, you can do scattering, instancing, deformation, volume processing, dynamic simulation, and more - without having to worry about switching contexts. When you’re ready, it’s easy to package up your custom effects as portable graphs for other artists at the studio to use (and re-use) across different shows, scenes, and shots.

Why Maya?

Visual programming environment

Ready-to-use graphs

Natural-looking effects

Realistic Previews

Ready-to-use graphs

New to visual programming? From dust storms and volumetric clouds to fire and explosions, our library of pre-built graphs makes it quick and easy to craft blockbuster-worthy effects right out-of-the-box or use them as a solid starting point to create your own custom effects. You can then publish your graphs to the Bifrost Browser for your team to easily find and re-use.

Why Maya?

Visual programming environment

Ready-to-use graphs

Natural-looking effects

Realistic Previews

Deceptively natural-looking effects

Simple artistic controls make it easy to create a wide range of real-world effects, fast. Bifrost’s physically-based solvers for aerodynamics and combustion perform computational chemistry and thermodynamics to simulate the physical reactions of smoke, fire and explosions. With Bifrost’s MPM solver, you can create granular materials like snow or sand and even materials like fibre and cloths.

Why Maya?

Visual programming environment

Ready-to-use graphs

Natural-looking effects

Realistic Previews

Realistic previews

Knowing how effects will look after lighting and rendering often comes down to guesswork, posing the risk of time-consuming iterations later on in production. With Arnold integrated in Maya, you can see exactly what your effects will look like right in the Arnold Viewport, eliminating risky guesswork and providing a more creatively engaging experience.
What's new in Maya

What’s new in Maya

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

Image Courtesy of Massimo Righi

See Maya in action

From connecting nodes to rendering an effect, learn the basics of creating awesome effects in Bifrost.

PART 1

Getting Started with the Bifrost Graph 

PART 1

Getting Started with the Bifrost Graph

PART 2

Creating a smoke trail in the Bifrost Graph

PART 2

Creating a smoke trail in the Bifrost Graph

PART 3

Caching and Rendering a Bifrost effect

PART 3

Caching and Rendering a Bifrost effect

PART 4

Understanding Scale in the Bifrost Graph

PART 4

Understanding Scale in the Bifrost Graph

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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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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