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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.
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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
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Current Version:

ZIVA VFX 1.619

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Greater control

Ziva VFX lets you simulate the materiality of any soft-tissue, using intuitive parameters and real-world units. Everything was purpose-built for creature work.

Scalable Results

Ziva Anatomy Transfer tools let you replicate, warp, and retarget creatures rapidly – so you can adapt and multiply your existing creatures for infinite hero-quality characters.

Faster changes

Character alterations can be applied retroactively at nearly anytime. Simply adapting the underlying anatomy of your characters will allow you to react faster to changes and last minute decisions.

The Toolset to replicate physics

Ziva VFX is changing the way 3D characters are brought to life for films, games, and interactive experiences. With Ziva's intuitive toolset, artists can replicate the effects of physics and simulate any soft-tissue material, including muscles, fat, and skin to create blockbuster-quality assets. Ziva's powerful tools include:

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ELASTIC SOLIDS
Goal elastic solids to externally animated triangle meshes for instant secondary motion.
caching
Cache simulations to RAM or disk for fast playback and/or restarting.
scripting
Script and pipeline using Maya MEL or open-source Python tools.
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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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More to do with Ziva vfx...

Add Dynamics to Existing Rigs
Add a physical-correction on top of any existing character rig with Ziva's goaling attachment. This lightweight approach corrects unwanted stretch and adds contacts and plausible secondary motion to your non-Ziva assets.
Make FEATURE ANIMATIONs
Create adorable, jiggly creatures by simulating a single volume on top of a simple skeleton. This approach is ideal for feature animation - capturing the bulk, volume, and secondary dynamics of a character with unparalleled ease.
Correct Trouble Areas
Quickly fix trouble spots on your existing rigs. Ziva can be used to effortlessly correct common obstacles such as hand pronation/suspension, neck muscle movement and excitation, torso rigidity and twisting, and lifelike belly inertia/jiggle.

Learn the fundamentals of Ziva VFX quickly with the help of our detailed Ziva Resources section.

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Volume Preservation

Ziva’s advanced volume preservation capability is one of the key features that enables Ziva users to achieve more realistic deformation results than with any other character rigging software on the market.

Our plugin offers multiple ways to control, adjust, and perfect your tissue’s volume preservation levels using the built-in Material parameters.
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Muscle Rigging Demo

The latest LIVE with ZIVA webinar recording features a detailed walkthrough of the deltoid and pectoral muscle rigging process, starting from scratch.

This forty-five minute demonstration is hosted by Ziva Techical Director Andy van Straten. To attend next month's LIVE with ZIVA webinar, you can click here to register at any time.
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Automated Muscle Firing

Ziva's Automatic Muscle Firing function was purpose-built to fill the needs of character creators

This capability allows creators to achieve natural muscle excitation results without any additional assistance from an animator or any inorganic shot sculpting.
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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
Easy painting: 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.
Cloth Fitting
Simulate thin shells for skin and fascia that automatically shrink-wrap to internal objects.
Attachments
Add physical attachments between objects and paint where they are attached.
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$1,800/year

Ideal for single studio locations. Simulate better, faster characters for productions of all sizes.

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System Requirements

Ziva VFX software runs on any Maya 2016-2019 compatible workstation.
Software requirements are as followed:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8.1 or Windows® 10 Pro OS
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6.5 WS OS (and up)
  • CentOS 6.5 Linux operating system (and up)
Hardware requirements are as followed:
  • 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • Minimum RAM: 4 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)