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Phoenix FD for Maya





Manufacturer: Chaos Group

Product: Phoenix FD for Maya

Version:  2.x

Language: English
Platform: Win / Linux

Packaging: Electronic Service Delivery (ESD) with Dongle

Demo Version:

Suggested Retail Price: Please contact us for pricing


Phoenix FD for Maya

Product Overview:

Phoenix FD™ for Maya empowers VFX artists to simulate fire, smoke, explosions, liquids, foam and splashes, while offering exceptional flexibility and speed. It is a hybrid simulation system including grids and particles, enabling you to get the best of both worlds. Fully integrated with V-Ray, it harnesses the power of Chaos Group’s rendering engine including proper GI from the generated fluid. V-Ray RT supports all Phoenix FD fluids, including liquids with proper refraction. Phoenix FD for Maya is optimized for huge amounts of particles allowing VFX artists to work on complex simulations.

Key Features

Phoenix FD for Maya is a great addition to the toolset of VFX artists who use V-Ray in Maya. Check out some key features that will improve and streamline your VFX workflow:

• A hybrid simulation system including grids and particles
• Automatic foam and splashes generation with optimized shaders for faster rendering and easier setup
• Optimization for huge amount of particles including a fog shader
• GPU preview that resembles almost rendering quality and allows you to setup your fluid in the viewport with multiple lights even before rendering
• Support for all fluids by V-Ray RT, including liquids with proper refraction, for quick and efficient material setup
• 3D procedural textures allow you to extract channels data from the simulation that can be used in various ways (blending colors of the fluid, changing the IOR for haze effects, etc.)
• Full integration with V-Ray, including proper GI from the generated fluid
• Option to generate haze effects for distorting objects behind the fluid grid
• Scripting through Maxscript in 3ds Max and Pyton in Maya for full control over your simulations

Phoenix FD for Maya - General Overview - In this video, we discuss key features of Phoenix FD for Maya such as basic fire simulation, burning fuel and rendering flames, simulating liquids, foam & splashes, and shading foam & splashes.
Phoenix FD for Maya - GPU Preview - Check out the GPU-accelerated preview in Phoenix FD for Maya, allowing real-time control over shading.
Phoenix FD for Maya – Enhancing completed simulations - Learn how to enhance completed simulations by adding wavelet turbulence, particles, splashes and foam without recalculating the entire result.


License Information

• Phoenix FD for Maya requires a single Phoenix FD for Maya license per simulation node.
• When creating simulations in Phoenix FD for Maya, you need to have a V-Ray 2.0 for Maya license. The V-Ray license is used during the simulation.
• Currently, Phoenix FD for Maya requires V-Ray for Maya (2.1 or higher). All users who have purchased V-Ray 2.0 can download a free update to versions 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 here. For more information, V-Ray 2.0 users can contact
• We are considering developing a connection for Mental Ray for Maya support, however at this point there is no support for that rendering platform.
• Phoenix FD for Maya is licensed with a hardware key (dongle).


System Requirements

64-bit only:

• Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2 or higher)
• Microsoft Windows Vista Business (SP1 or higher)
• Microsoft Windows 7
• Microsoft Windows 8
• Fedora 8 or later distributions
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 WS

• Minimum 2GHz CPU
• Minimum 2GB RAM


Supported Platform

• V-Ray for Maya version 2.1 or higher

• Autodesk Maya 2013 (64-bit)
• Autodesk Maya 2012 (64-bit)
• Autodesk Maya 2011 (64-bit)
• Autodesk Maya 2010 (64-bit)



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