Weta Digital, one of the world’s premiere visual effects studios, has partnered with global media and entertainment software provider, Autodesk, Inc., to launch WetaM – a ground breaking product offering that provides tools designed and developed by Weta Digital, fully embedded in Autodesk Maya.
Weta intends to rollout WetaM as a private beta in Q4 2021.
WetaM productises Weta’s unique set of proprietary VFX tools for artists built on Maya’s open API, and will be commercialised by Weta Digital as a subscription cloud service. For the first time, artists from around the world will have access to one complete – from stage to screen – cloud-based pipeline. The launch of WetaM marks the first product launch under a newly formed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) division within Weta Digital. This new business arm is an integral part of Weta’s expansion strategy to offer professional and prosumer tools to artists across the global entertainment industry.
WetaM will integrate Weta Digital’s award-winning proprietary tools into a custom version of Autodesk’s Maya 3D software. The new service will offer a suite of 100 tools built with Weta’s “DNA”, including academy award-winning artist tools, procedural workflows, and AI-assisted architectures.
“WetaM is the first step in the democratisation of VFX and animation production. Weta Digital brings together the most creative minds in the world and has been a pioneering innovator in the visual effects and entertainment industry for decades,” said Prem Akkaraju, CEO of Weta Digital. “WetaM is a transformational move that will raise the bar for global creative production, redefining the industry in the process. At its core, this partnership with Autodesk will extend the reach of the Weta magic, making it more accessible for artists in pursuit of creating amazing characters and worlds across film and television.”
“We are longtime fans of Weta’s remarkable visual effects achievements, and they are constantly breaking new ground building immersive, imaginary worlds and unbelievably real and engaging digital characters,” said Diana Colella, senior vice president, Entertainment & Media Solutions, Autodesk. “The debut of WetaM is a gamechanger as it opens up years of Weta’s dedicated animation and VFX R&D resources to all creatives. It is exciting to be working with Weta to bring their magic to Maya artists, offering them powerful new effects tools and time-saving automation capabilities.”