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?

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Achieve rich, real-world physics and secondary dynamics on any simulation. With ZIVA VFX, everything collides, jiggles, and stretches organically. Learn More


Improve fidelity, modify shapes, and shift art direction while preserving character essentials. Prequels, sequels, and edit have never been easier. Learn More

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Add dynamics to any pre-existing Maya build. Improve your non-Ziva feature animation characters, inanimate objects, or lifelike simulations instantly. Learn More

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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
  1. – Correct hand pronation-supination
  2. – Correct neck shape with precise neck muscle movement
  3. – Correct upper-body rigidity under twisting
  4. – Correct thigh skin shape due to quadriceps muscle excitation
  5. – Add life-like belly fat secondary motion (inertia and gravity)
  6. – Correct elbow self-collisions

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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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