BETTER, FASTER VIRTUAL CHARACTERS


ZIVA VFX is a Maya plug-in with an offline FEM anatomy simulator that lets you create lifelike characters at scale. Available for studios, indie creators, and render farms, operating on Windows or Linux OS.

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Download your V 1.0 Update

The largest ZIVA VFX release to date, v 1.0 is now available for purchase and trial. Existing ZIVA VFX users can download the update here.
Automatic Muscle Firing & Excitation Visualization
Mass Speed Improvements
New Sub-Tissue, Tet Mesh, Cloth & Volume Capabilities
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software update available: ZIVA VFX 1.1

Existing Studio and Indie license holders can now download ZIVA VFX v 1.1 on the Ziva Store today. (Currently unavailable for Evaluation Licenses.)

Click for Download InstructionsClick here to read the v 1.1 release notes.
ZIVA VFX 1.1 users can leverage a host of new features and substantial speed improvements, including: 
  • New! Rest-Scale feature automatically shrink-wraps cloth to underlying geometry for improved fascia quality.
  • New! Pressure function lets you apply external pressure to any cloth. 
  • New! Mesh Analysis tool to easily identify any negative volumes.
  • Up to 5x faster tet mesh conversions for complex mesh
  • zBuilder refactor for extensibility
  • Simplified tetrahedralization size settings

how to update your license files

1. Login to your Ziva Account

2. Visit the License page and select your Studio or Indie license.

3. Go to the Downloads Section of the select license and click the 'Plugin files: Download Latest (.ZIP)' button.

4. Enter your preferred OS/Maya combo and your download will start immediately.
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version 1.1 is now available

ZIVA VFX 1.1 is now available for all Studio and Indie license holders.
New update features include:
New! Rest-Scale feature automatically shrink-wraps cloth to underlying geometry for improved fascia quality.
New! Mesh Analysis tool to easily identify any negative volumes.
Up to 5x faster tet mesh conversions for complex mesh
zBuilder refactor for extensibility
...and much more.
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Faster Alterations

Director feedback at the 11th hour? Character alterations can be applied retroactively at nearly anytime. Adapting the underlying anatomy of your characters will let you react quickly to all feedback during any step of your creative process.

Greater Realism

With soft tissue sitting on top of anatomical muscle groups, everything looks right. Muscles preserve volume under force and collision, and the tissue will bend, stretch, crease and jiggle with the realism audiences and experts expect.

Rapid Sequencing

When the inevitable prequel, sequel, and spinoff get the green light, ZIVA VFX lets you improve fidelity, modify appearances, and shift art direction while still preserving the character essentials. Never start from scratch again.

GREATER REALISM

With soft tissue sitting on top of anatomical muscle groups, everything looks right. Muscles preserve volume under force and collision, while tissue bends, stretches, creases and jiggles with physics-informed realism.

FASTER ALTERATIONS

Director feedback at the 11th hour? No problem.
With ZIVA VFX, character alterations can be applied retroactively at nearly anytime.

Adapting the underlying anatomy of your characters will let you react quickly to all feedback during any step of your creative process.

RAPID SEQUENCING

When the inevitable prequel, sequel, and spinoff get the green light, ZIVA VFX lets you improve fidelity, modify appearances, and shift art direction while still preserving character essentials. Never start from scratch again.
Add Dynamics to Existing Rigs
Add a physical-correction on top of any existing character rig with our goaling attachment. This lightweight approach corrects unwanted stretch and adds contacts and plausible secondary motion.
make FEATURE ANIMATION with physics
Create rudimentary characters easily with a single volume on top of a skeleton. This approach is ideal for feature animation - capturing the bulk, volume, and secondary dynamics of a character.
Correct Trouble Areas

Industry leading characters

ZIVA VFX brings virtual humans, monsters, and creatures to life. Take your character FX to the next level.
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ZIVA VFX lets you do more:

Materials
Use multiple material types, producing robust motion: StVK, NeoHookean, co-rotational, anisotropic
Collisions
Collide objects using automatic collision detection and response with organic volume conservation.
Elastic Solids
Goal elastic solids to externally animated triangle meshes for instant secondary motion.
Painting
Paint nearly everything: attachment areas, muscle fibers, muscle strength, tet-mesh resolution, material properties, etc.
Caching
Cache simulations to RAM or disk for fast playback and/or restarting.
Scripting
Script and pipeline using Maya MEL, or our open-source Python tools.
Meshes
Embed arbitrary triangle meshes into your simulated solids.
Muscle Firing
Excite/contract a muscle using scripted muscle activation forces.
Volume
Preserve volume with extreme precision, even under large deformations.
Damping
Use multiple types of physical damping.
Skin
Simulate thin shells for skin and fascia.
Attachments
Add physical attachments between objects and paint where they are attached.

Studio Licenses

v 1.1

 Available for single and multi studio locations.

Global Studio License: $6,250/user
Local Studio License: $5,000/user

Volume Pricing starting at: $2,400/user

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*Includes 1 year free upgrade subscription.
**Annual upgrade subscription $2,000 after year one.
All prices are in $USD.

Indie Licenses

v 1.1

Available for individuals working on productions under $500k in total annual revenue or funding.


Indie License: $500 per year

All prices are in $USD.

Evaluation License

v 1.0

Experience how ZIVA VFX v 1.0 improves your workflow, without the cost. Evaluation Licenses available for commercial entities and hobbyists.

Not available for commercial asset production.

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“Ziva’s FEM muscle and skin simulation was the last piece of the puzzle we'd been longing for to achieve realistic looking, physically plausible Creature FX.”

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"It is the best muscle plugin we've found. It brings extra realism to our creatures via physically plausible muscle FX. It is a great improvement to have Ziva integrated into our workflow."

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"Ziva was instrumental in helping Sony create the most realistic muscle and skin simulations for our CG characters to date. Ziva's outstanding results speak for themselves."

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“ZIVA VFX software keeps us at the cutting edge of character work, shortens our teams’ iteration loops, and give us more creative flexibility to focus on doing better work.”

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version 1.0 is now available

The largest ZIVA VFX release to date, v 1.0 is now available for purchase and trial.
Automatic Muscle Firing & Excitation Visualization
Mass Speed Improvements
New Sub-Tissue, Tet Mesh, Cloth & Volume Capabilities
Already have ZIVA VFX? Click to update your existing plugin:
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