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Maya 2018 Speed Notice:

Maya 2018 has a performance bug causing meshes, that normally take a few milliseconds to process in Maya 2016, to take multiple seconds in Maya 2018. This is independent of Ziva's plugin and can easily be triggered entirely with built-in deformers.

If you're using more than 1 simulation substep per frame (zSolver.substeps > 1), then this Maya problem may be triggered and can significantly slow down everything.

The workaround is to set Maya to playback at the same rate as the solver substeps. For example, if zSolver.substeps = 4, then set "Playback by" in the Time Slider preferences to be 0.25 = 1/4 to match.
Having speed issues in Maya 2018?

Damping update tip:

When zSolver.maxNewtonIterations is greater than 1, the dynamics were often under-damped. The dynamics are correctly damped now, which will result in some simulations appearing more damped than before. To recover similar results to previous versions, decrease zSolver.stiffnessDamping and zSolver.massDamping – possibly to the new default values: 0.001 and 0.0 respectively. This
Damping tip for Ziva VFX v1.4H1 users
Having speed issues in Maya 2018?
The right product can transform an industry. Ziva works closely with the world's leading organizations to develop future-proof solutions that leverage simulated biomechanical movement. Ziva technologies are directly applicable to Design and Engineering programs in Retail, Fashion and Apparel, Telecommunications, Sports Science, Healthcare, and more.

“We had scanned the market for soft tissue simulation capabilities, and couldn’t find anything, until we saw Ziva's technology.”
– Fortune 500 apparel company executive

The fundamentals of Ziva VFX make more possible, across every industry.

Human Biomechanics
Create, simulate, and observe physically-correct human biomechanics and silhouettes
Apparel Production
Improve apparel product development workflows with virtual soft tissue and clothing simulations
Kinetic Movement
Assess and visualize the underlying anatomical physics related to human and animal kingdom movement
3D Visualization
Visualize 3D product designs with virtual humans, virtual products, and coupled simulations
Advanced Content
Generate high quality original photography and video content, all within software
Volumetric Scanning
Explore the relationship between captured 3D and 4D imagery and physical simulation, and improve the quality of your volumetric scanning


Leading Simulation Tools
Ziva 3D simulation and developer tools digitally replicate human and character movement at the highest quality level. The growing technology stack offers the industry's top advancements in physical simulation, including offline, real-time, and previsualization capabilities.


Ziva Expert Services
Leaders in simulation technology, the Ziva Team can assist in the planning, development, and integration of your custom Ziva solutions. Our technologists and artists are ready to push the limits of digital human applications and visualization with your team.

ZIVA VFX lets you do more:

Use multiple material types, producing robust motion: StVK, NeoHookean, co-rotational, anisotropic
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.
Easy painting: attachment areas, muscle fibers, muscle strength, tet-mesh resolution, material properties, etc.
Cache simulations to RAM or disk for fast playback and/or restarting.
Script and pipeline using Maya MEL, or our open-source Python tools.
Embed arbitrary triangle meshes into your simulated solids.
Muscle Firing
Excite/contract a muscle using scripted muscle activation forces.
Preserve volume with extreme precision, even under large deformations.
Use multiple types of physical damping.
Cloth Fitting
Simulate thin shells for skin and fascia that automatically shrink-wrap to internal objects.
Add physical attachments between objects and paint where they are attached.
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Bodies in Motion

Ziva bodies represent the actual physical forces at play when humans move. Sports Science and Human Biomechanical Movement teams can use this software to generate visualization and training data from an infinite number of human motions and poses.

Coupled SImulations

Skin and fat affect how clothing fits. Clothing affects how are our bodies feel and move. Wind and water affect how our bodies move, jiggle, and “deform”. These types of coupled simulations - and more - are available for exploring further in Ziva technologies.

Physics-Embedded Faces

With so much available research and demonstration of AI/ML techniques for recreating virtual faces, Ziva’s technology effectively pairs AI with physics simulation for a better result.