For animators around the world, Maya is the most favored and popular software. This proprietary program has the capabilities of handling student projects to film workstation. The effectiveness of the Maya software is multiplied by the many plugins that are specifically designed to work with the program and enhance its capacity to the fullest.
These are some of the top Maya plugins to use by the animators.
This free script by animator and rigger Brian Horgan provides a different but helpful approach to onion skinning in 3D. Maya’s in-built ghosting tool shows semi-transparent animated objects in a scene to give an overview of the animation created. BHGhost takes it one step further, creating an onion skin that creates actual 3D outlines of your animation in the Maya viewport and making the process of animation much more easier.
MG Tools has a number of features that aims to make the life of an animator that much easier. It has a feature called channelBox which is specialized for animation, a selection of constraint tools to speed up the process. Dubbed the animator’s utility belt, MG Tools can seriously save time and create a more efficient workflow which is the brainchild of Miguel Winfield.
Krakatoa MY 2.3
Krakatoa MY 2.3, comes with full Magma support, higher particle counts, and PRT surfacing over and above the previous versions. One the best high-volume particle rendering plugin, the Krakatoa MY 2.3 has been fine-tuned by the existing features so that all platforms are now feature equivalent and more than fully capable of handling anything artists throw at them.
The ShotView tool is incredibly useful, especially for artists with a two monitor set-up, as it allows you to view both the default Maya perspective and camera view simultaneously, saving the hassle of switching between the two and helping to develop the perfect cinematic shot. is a free and simple but very effective Maya plugin, which provides a constant and clean representation of your camera view in a floating window.
A subscription of Anim Tools is required to access the site, but if you do sign up, you’ll gain access to tools for selection, posing, scene management, scene setup and more. This is a brilliant selection of tools for Maya users and the team behind these plugins have included multiple tools that can be used to achieve the same task.