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Blender vs Maya

Last Updated : 24 May, 2022
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Blender and Maya both are animation software used for creating different styles of animation. These are basically used for creating 3D animations. They are used by individuals as well as organisations for the commercial production of animation works. There has always been confusion in choosing software for the work which would be best suited for them so let’s understand the key differences between these softwares.


Blender is also an animation software developed by Blender Foundation. It is free and open-source software and it was initially released in 1994. It is written in different programming languages like C, C++, Python etc. It comes with tons of features like modelling, sculpting, UV unwrapping, rigging etc.

Maya is also an animation software developed by Autodesk so it is also known as Autodesk Maya. It is not free but its trial version is available for free for a limited time period. It was initially released in 1998. It is written in different programming languages like C#, C++, Python, MEL etc.

Following is a table of differences between Blender and Maya:




1. It is an animation tool used for creating different types of animations, visual effects, motion graphics etc. Maya can be understood as an advanced animation software which comes with advanced tools to ease the 3D animation process.
2. It is free for its customers. It is a paid software which requires a license.
3. It was developed by the blender foundation. It was developed by Autodesk.
4. It is the best choice for individuals or small companies. It is the best choice for large organizations and animation industries.
5. It is an open-source software. It is not an open-source software.
6. It uses Python3 for customization functionality.  It uses Maya Embedded Language for customization.
7. Rendering animations in blender is faster than Maya. Rendering animations is slow and required time.
8. It allows a large number of third party plugins. It does not allow third-party plugins.

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