“We found Ziva is an intuitive, easy to use and powerful off-the-shelf tool-set for high end VFX Creature work; 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.
While we were evaluating Ziva, we found James' team to be extremely supportive and it was clear they had a thorough knowledge of the challenges we face in production. This is why Ziva is such a well rounded solution:The integration of the Ziva Plug-in into Maya is seamless, providing an interface and workflow that feels instantly familiar to Creature TDs, and lowers the learning curve when picking up such a powerful piece of simulation software.
The physical properties of Ziva, and its flexibility, allow us to not only simulate muscle, skin and fat but also many materials such as rubber, jelly, cloth and steel. We're also pretty excited by the provision of an API that will allow us to leverage the Ziva libraries in many areas of our pipeline.Ziva brings a level of realism to our Creature Simulations that was very expensive to achieve with previous methods, but the further avenues of potential that Ziva opens up to us are truly exciting!
"It is the best 'muscle' plugin we found. It brings extra realism to our creatures via physically plausible muscle FX.
We found the Ziva team support level to be very responsive and of high quality. They provide years of experience in how to best setup or get a good handle on your FEM muscle sims that filters straight to our artists to facilitate their ramp up time and throughput with this new powerful tool.
This is what our CFX artists are saying about it: 'With our previous method of creating muscles and skin simulations, it would take more iterations to bring the simulations to a realistic level. Right now I don't have to worry about the basics as Ziva gives a good first pass from which we can refine the results of the muscle/fat simulations. This is a great improvement to have Ziva integrated into our workflow.'”
"Ziva is dramatically advancing the fidelity of real-time virtual characters. Pushing their technology forward aligns with the creative and technical vision at Epic."
"Creating realism in creatures and humans has always been challenging, Ziva makes that journey much easier with impressive lifelike results."