Get Started with USD in Maya

USD is designed for collaboration

The power of USD lies in its layering system, which facilitates collaboration between different artists and studios via non-destructive editing. For example, if you start with an existing scene and create a new layer containing your edits, these edits won't affect anyone else using the same scene unless they decide to include your new layer. Together, multiple layers provide a complete view of the scene, which is known as the stage.

A basic understanding of USD will make it much easier to use and understand Maya's implementation of the USD framework. While the Maya documentation does not include a USD glossary or a complete overview of USD concepts, the following sections provide an overview workflows to showcase what you can do with USD in Maya and where to go to learn more.

USD workflows in Maya

Maya Data Workflows

USD Data Workflows

Further Reading