Universal Scene Description

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USD Overview at the Vision Series (video: 54:54 min.)

What is Universal Scene Description (USD)?

Universal Scene Description (USD) is a framework developed by Pixar Animation Studios for the interchange of 3D data with a focus on collaboration, pipeline efficiency, and scale.


With USD becoming increasingly popular and the industry looking for a standard solution, Autodesk has come together with studios like Pixar, Animal Logic, Luma Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios to work on a common single-supported USD plugin. The goal is to ensure a consistent yet modifiable way to use USD within Maya, while remaining fully open-source and used as a baseline going forward.

Read up on USD

USD Plugin for Maya: Fundamental Pillars
Get let in on the plan to deliver a USD plugin for Maya, with the help of industry partners and the open source community.

Get started with USD in Maya

Amaru Zeas

Catch Up with Maya ft. Luma Pictures and Industrial Light & Magic

Thu, March 25 at 9-11:30am PT / 12-2:30pm ET

Let's talk USD, animation, and modeling workflows in Maya with the product team and special guests, Luma Pictures and Industrial Light & Magic.

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