Update: Maya 2020.1 featuring Rokoko Plugin

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The Maya 2020.1 update adds the Rokoko plugin for the Rokoko motion capture library, an updated Bifrost extension, and more. The information below comes from Autodesk Help: What’s New in Maya 2020.1 Update.

Rokoko + Maya

Autodesk has partnered with Rokoko to bring you an industry-leading motion capture library right inside of Maya. With the Rokoko plug-in, you can simply drag and drop mocap assets into your scenes from the comfort of your own home, without the need for a multi-million dollar studio or equipment setup. For the first time, you can leverage assets built for big productions like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Doctor Strange, Assassin’s Creed, and Horizon Zero Dawn in your own projects, for just $3-$6 a piece.

For more information, visit the Rokoko documentation website.

Bifrost Extension for Maya

Maya 2020.1 includes Bifrost Extension for Maya version Some of the highlights since Bifrost (released with Maya 2020) include:

  • Faster compilation, giving better graph interactivity.
  • Faster aero simulations, and other aero improvements.
  • Improvements to vary_source_property, constrain_mpm, and other nodes.
  • Better graph readability and zooming.

For a full list of features and fixes, see the Bifrost Extension Release Notes.

To download the latest version, visit the Bifrost Download Center.

High resolution textures now supported for 3D Paint

When painting on a 3D object, you can now save textures at a size of up to 16k.

Textures larger than 4096 x 4096 may yield slower performance. See Paint on a 3d object for more information.

Time Slider Bookmark Improvements

Based on your feedback, tool tips have been added to options in the Time Slider Manager and several new functionalities have been added to the Time Slider Bookmarks:

Interactive Move and Scale

Maya 2020.1 Update

You can now Ctrl + drag a bookmark to move it left and right on the Time Slider. To scale a bookmark, Ctrl + drag the left or right edge of the bookmark.

Both these interactions respect the Current time indicato Snap to whole frames preference in the Time Slider preferences, so you can turn this option off if you want to scale and move bookmarks at decimal values.

Step through bookmarks

There are now two new commands to step bookmarks forward and backward, so you can set the current time to the start of the next or previous bookmark. To step through your bookmarks, press (apostrophe) to move the selection forward and ; (semicolon) to step backward.

Bookmark Manager

Now, bookmarks are displayed according to their position in the time sequence, as opposed to by when they were created, allowing for a more intuitive approach to working with the Bookmark Manager.

Obtain the latest Substance plug-in

The Substance plug-in enables you to create and edit shading networks with substance textures in Maya.

Visit https://www.substance3d.com/ecosystem-plug-ins/substance-in-maya/ to obtain the latest version of the plug-in. For the Substance User Guide, visit http://www.autodesk.com/maya-substance-docs.

See the full release notes here

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