Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Autodesk Launches "Maya Indie License"

Autodesk, the folks who make Maya, for many years now the industry-standard software for 3D Animation, has launched the "Maya Indie License".

This new low-cost commercial license costs just £275 for a single seat, and allows students who have learned to animate using the free student version of the software to enter the marketplace at a much-reduced price.

This is great news for our students and graduates; Autodesk now offers junior animators the chance to "become a pro at a price you can afford". This means that our students can take on small freelance jobs and be able to pay for commercial software at a reasonable price.

Autodesk Maya Indie
Autodesk is currently piloting indie versions of Maya so that recent graduates, freelancers, hobbyists and those starting out in the industry have a more affordable option to use the software. Say you get a small freelance job with a budget of £1,000-2,000. Now the software license becomes affordable.

  • Your annual gross revenue from design work must be less than USD$100,000 per year
  • Only one license can be used per user or organization
  • You must be based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or the USA
The automatic renewal will be turned off before your annual subscription of Maya Indie expires. You may check your automatic renewal setting by going to your Autodesk Account.

Student License
In the meantime, of course, our students can get hold of a free student license for Maya, which is restricted to non-commercial use.

Producing and Freelancing
To see other posts about producing and freelancing, see the links below:

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link.  To apply for our storyboarding evening class, visit this page here.  For the next 12 week animation course, click here.

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