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SIG: New KeyShot Plugins for Autodesk Maya 2016 and Cinema 4D

Luxion announces at SIGGRAPH this week, their advanced support for Autodesk Maya and Maxon Cinema 4D.


SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA – Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of KeyShot®, the first real-time ray tracing and global illumination program, is pleased to announce new plugin support and advanced import options for Autodesk Maya 2016 and Maxon Cinema 4D, free of charge.

New Plugins for Maya and Maxon Cinema 4D

KeyShot continues to strengthen its support for the widest number of 3D file formats with new plugins for both Autodesk Maya 2016 and Maxon Cinema 4D. These integrations allow users of each software to install a small plugin that adds export of Maya and Cinema 4D files directly to KeyShot. Additionally, users have full LiveLinking support to update model change in KeyShot and may export KeyShot .bip files without the need to have KeyShot installed. Finally artists have a way of utilizing KeyShot directly from within these applications, allowing them to see their visuals sooner in the development process and create final production faster.

01 - New support for Autodesk Maya allows direct import of model and animation into KeyShot. (Image: Gurmukh Bhasin, Courtesy: Cloud Imperium Games) All rights reserved.

01 – New support for Autodesk Maya allows direct import of model and animation into KeyShot. (Image: Gurmukh Bhasin, Courtesy: Cloud Imperium Games) All rights reserved.

The new plugin for Autodesk Maya 2016 adds complete export capabilities that allow users to retain model hierarchy as well as material colors and textures. Additional support for animations allow animations to be brought into KeyShot and rendered. The new plugin for Maxon Cinema 4D adds to the existing direct import options available in KeyShot, allowing artists to import and retain model hierarchy, grouped objects and cameras, as well as import animations to complete the rendering faster inside KeyShot.

All plugin capabilities for both include:

  • Parts retain materials and layers
  • Maintain hierarchy of objects created in scene tree
  • Objects retain materials, can be unlinked
  • Support of camera and part animations
  • Support for hair
  • Layers independent of grouped objects
  • Support for model units
  • LiveLinking update of models in KeyShot
  • Export to .bip without KeyShot installed


The Cinema4D plugin is available now from The Maya plugin will be available with the release of KeyShot 6. Current KeyShot users interested in beta testing the Maya plugin may contact [email protected] For more information on KeyShot 3D rendering, animation and KeyShotVR, please visit or follow Luxion on Facebook or Twitter.

About Luxion

Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology. KeyShot is the first real- time ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination. Addressing the visualization needs of designers, engineers, marketing professionals, photographers and CG specialists, KeyShot breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images and animations from 3D digital data. Luxion’s customer list includes many of the Fortune 1000 product manufacturers and major industrial design companies including Chrysler, Fossil, Microsoft, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Skullcandy, IDEO and SMART Design. Visit for more information.