Weta Digital Will Provide Access To 100 In-House Tools Via WetaM

The company announced a new cloud-based service being developed in collaboration with Autodesk.

Weta Digital and Autodesk presented WetaM, a new cloud-based service that will give users access to the studio’s powerful in-house tools inside Autodesk’s Maya. The subscription-only service is set to launch private beta by the end of this year.

The project is the first product launch from Weta Digital’s new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) division providing users the ability to use 100 of the studio’s proprietary tools inside a custom build of Maya.

One of the tools is Barbershop, the studio's hair grooming toolset. They also showed procedural tree generator Lumberjack and their ecosystem simulator called Totara.

"WetaM is the first step in the democratization of VFX and animation production," noted Weta Digital CEO Prem Akkaraju. "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."

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