Ziva VFX Academic Licenses Are Now Free

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Ziva VFX character simulation software from Ziva Dynamics is now free for students and educators. The same tools used on 'Game of Thrones', 'Hellboy' and 'John Wick 3' are now available for non-commercial projects to give students the chance to learn physics-based character creation before they graduate.

“Studios often contact us looking for Ziva specialists, but right now there aren’t enough of them coming out of the schools to satisfy demand,” said James Jacobs, CEO of Ziva Dynamics. “With free academic licenses, students can start learning the software and schools can start building it into their curriculums right away, helping both take advantage of a growing trend in character creation.”

The Ziva method, now used by over 90 studios, fundamentally improves the character creation process by combining the effects of real-world physics with the rapid creation of soft-tissue materials like muscles, fat and skin. Since Ziva mirrors the properties of nature, artists can produce dynamic CG characters that automatically move, flex and jiggle just as they would in real life, removing difficult steps from the rigging process.

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Ziva VFX Academic licenses include all features and receive the same access and support as other Ziva products, including frequent software updates and hotfixes, detailed tutorial videos and content and access to live Ziva demonstrations. Students can also receive direct feedback and support from the Ziva team, and are eligible for reel, case study and artist showcases.

Free character assets for test simulations are available as well. Ziva Academic users will receive free access to Ziva Dynamics’ assets Zeke the Lion and Lila the Cheetah, which are ready to use in simulations and have been used by VFX studios including Pixomondo, Mr. X and Trixter. Using Ziva VFX’s Anatomy Transfer function, the Zeke rig has helped make squirrels, cougars, dogs and more for films such as 'John Wick 3', 'A Dog’s Way Home' and 'Primal'.

Ziva Dynamics will also be supplying a free Ziva Academic floating Lab license to universities, so students can access the software in labs across campuses.  zivadynamics.com