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Published on 31.08.2013 at 12:09am

Autodesk® released Maya LT™ – a game modeling and animation software for indie and mobile game developers. This product is based on the well-known Maya® software. Maya LT provides efficient workflows and a streamlined toolset for modeling, creating materials, lighting, baking textures, and animating.

Features:

  • Familiar game modeling software – get a powerful and familiar game modeling tool for creating and editing characters, props, and environments.
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    - create characters, props, levels, and sue high-re/low-res polygon workflows in unlimited scene sizes. Export objects or selections up to 25 000 polygons in the FBX format to game engines such as Unity 3D or Unreal.
    - Polygonal, NURBS, and subdivision surface modeling tools.
    Optimize content for mobile devices with polygon reduction, data cleanup, blind data tagging, and level-of-detail tools.
    -Bridge, poke, cut, wedge, bevel, extrude, chamfer vertex, extrude along a curve, mirror cut, edge loop, edge ring, slide edge, and pick-walk tools.
    - True soft selection and soft modification.
    - Transfer of UV, color-per-vertex, and vertex position information between polygon meshes of differing topologies.
    - Nonlinear deformation modifiers: bend, taper/flare, squash, twist, wave, lattice.
  • Model material tools – use a familiar and intuitive toolset to help create, edit, and adjust game model materials.
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    - ShadeFX, a real-time, node-based shader editor enables the rapid creation of shaders that match the target game engine without manual coding, and simplifies the porting of shaders between Microsoft® DirectX® 11 and OpenGL® environments.
    - Advanced game material effects: crack-free tessellation, vector displacement maps, translucence, reflections, and image-based lighting.
    - Workflow for creative texturing: UV creation and editing, auto-projection, interactive relaxation, layouts UVs, lattice modification, and smudge tools.
    - Multiple UV set support.
    - Multiple sets of animatable color-per-vertex (CPV), pre-lighting, and user-defined normals.
  • Lighting and texture baking – efficiently simulate realistic game lighting using global illumination tools to bake lighting data into texture maps, or vertex maps.
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    - Baked lighting data enables higher quality lighting with far less impact on game performance.
    - Bake texture maps from highly detailed models to lower polygon models: normal, occlusion, displacement, lighting, shadows.
    - Create near-realistic global illumination for game levels.
    - Bake illumination into texture maps, or vertex maps.
    - Implement an array of lighting effects: spotlights, point lights, direct lights, shadows, and global illumination.
  • Game animation software for mobile needs – Bring your game characters, props, and environments to life with efficient game animation tools based on Maya and HumanIK animation software.
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    - Broad range of tools to create keyframe animation.
    - Editable motion trails/trajectories to fine-tune motion animation directly in the viewport.
    - Blend shape/morph target deformers for shape animation.
    - Automatic biped skeleton generator with interactive editing.
    - Easy-to-use, full-body inverse kinematic rigging with the HumanIK solver.
    - Ability to skin and pose game characters with near-realistic deformations.
  • More accurate viewport previews – A more accurate viewport displays assets that more closely represent how they appear in-game, reducing iteration times for faster asset creation.
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    - ShaderFX enables artists to create shaders that closely match their target game engine without manual coding through a visual, node-based editor.
    - Access powerful DirectX 11 graphics directly in the viewport.
    - A variety of effects available: ambient occlusion, depth of field, anti-aliasing, alpha channel support, and high-quality lighting and shadows.
    - Support for HLSL (high-level shading language) and CgFX shaders.
  • Built for mobile game development workflows – Create 3D assets faster with software designed to fit more efficiently into the common game animation workflows of indie and mobile game developers.
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    - FBX file format support for primary data exchange.
    - Create characters, props, levels, and use high-res\low-res polygon workflows in unlimited scene sizes. Export objects or selections up to 25,000 polygons in the FBX format to game engines such as Unity 3D or Unreal.
    - Import asset formats: Maya (.ma, .mb); Maya LT (.mlt, .obj, .fbx, .ai, .eps).
    - Import common texture formats: .bmp, .png, .dds, .exr, .tga, .tiff.
    - Out-of-box support for Unity 3D Engine and Unreal® Engine™ game engine.
    - A high-quality viewport that displays assets as they appear in-game.
    - ShaderFX enables the creation of shaders that match the target game engine, and allow shader portability between DirectX 11 and OpenGL environments.
    - Bake high-res to low-res texture maps (normal, displacement, and lighting).
    - Create images for sprite sheets for 2D game pipelines.
    - Specialized game modeling and game animation tools based on Maya.

All features are presented in videos on the Autodesk® Maya LT™ website. For more information, purchase and download options click "Read more" at the bottom of the page.

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