Get Multiverse

The FREE Version allows commercial use but requires online access. It's designed for artists and whoever wants to evaluate the product. It comes with less updates and community public support only.

The PRO Version works offline via a license server and is designed for professionals and studios. It comes with continuous integration of software updates and mission critical, dedicated support services.

Multiverse Free and Pro Versions

Download our FREE Version with online validation and community-only support. Purchase the PRO Version with offline floating licenses and dedicated production-grade support services.

We release frequent software updates with bug fixes, new features and improvements, many of which come from working closely with our customers. We have earned the reputation for providing very quick feedback along with outstanding technical support, custom engineering and consulting services.

All licenses are covered by the Multiverse End User License Agreement (EULA).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please check the frequently asked questions before contacting us with further inquiries about using the FREE Version or purchasing the PRO Version.

Why Multiverse

With Multiverse | USD you have a future-proof 100% native USD solution for Maya that covers all the production steps from modeling, animation, layout, lookdev, scene assembly to final shots lighting & rendering, both interactive and offline.

Its non-destructive editing workflow simplifies data exchange within your work group, with external partners and between different applications that support USD.

Multiverse works out-of-the-box and delivers utmost performance when reading, playing-back and writing large production data sets.

It’s incredibly easy to use, with intuitive tools that can be used by any artist, no matter their technical knowledge.

With its straightforward Python API you can automate your workflow without the need to dig into the vastness of the USD APIs.

Multiverse is also the perfect companion of Solaris in a Maya ⇆ Houdini pipeline.

We release very frequent software updates with bug fixes, new features and improvements.

Last but not least, it is also available as a full featured FREE Version.

Philosophy

Multiverse | USD is built around the “once in USD, always in USD” philosophy, promoting a workflow where USD data always flows in a forward direction, removing the need to convert USD assets back into Maya data.

In addition, Multiverse radically minimizes the number of nodes in Maya and in memory: this keeps all operations very fast and efficient.

Thanks to Multiverse procedural rendering nature, all you need for offline rendering on your farm (whether local or on cloud) is the standalone renderer itself: .nsi and .ass will be compact since all data is stored in USD. Having said that, rendering Maya scenes through Maya batch is fully supported.

Multiverse is easy to understand, requires no special knowledge and fits into your existing Maya workflow, preserving Maya’s own philosophy, and uses USD to improve on existing functionalities to overcome Maya intrinsic limitations.

Free Vs Pro

The Free Version requires online access to the internet. A license is sent to a unique, valid, e-mail address that you provide when downloading the software. If you are planning to use the Free Version of Multiverse on more than one computer concurrently, you must download with a different e-mail address for each additional computer.

The Pro Version works offline: floating licenses are distributed by a local license server over a network. If you are planning to use Multiverse on more than one computer concurrently, you need to purchase as many floating licenses as the number of computers you wish to use concurrently.

Support Services

For the Free Version you can rely on community support on our public Slack support channel. You can also report issues via our GitLab public issue tracker. Access to software updates is limited to only the latest selected release, with about monthly, or sporadic, update frequency. Users may also need to update to the latest version from time to time, depending on the nature of the updates.

For the Pro Version you are entitled of production-grade technical support assistance by e-mail, private Slack channels, private GitLab issue tracker, and access to all software updates for a period of one year from the purchase date: this includes patch releases (about weekly), minor releases (about monthly), as well as major releases (about yearly) during the license validity period.

Site License

We can offer a site license to large organizations and strategic partners. Site licenses are an ideal solution for organizations that elastically scale without the need to worry for the number of licenses. Site license deals may also cover potential outsource partners to which we could provide temporary licenses. For further informations please Contact Sales or our Resellers.

Interactive Vs Render License

An interactive license is checked out when used within the context of the interactive version of the host application (e.g. Maya or Maya batch). A Render license is checked out when rendering, either from the host application (e.g. Maya / Maya batch) or from a standalone rendering command (e.g. 3DelightNSI renderdl, Arnold kick, Renderman prman). Finally, if a Render license is requested but is not available, then an interactive license will be used instead (if available). Note that Multiverse licenses are per-host: this means you can launch as many instances of the DCC App (e.g. Maya) or the renderer (e.g Arnold) from the same machine, and still use 1 single license. For more informations on installing floating licenses, check out our license installation documentation.

When does Multiverse check for licenses

Both the Free and Pro version of Multiverse will always check for their respective licenses in the following cases:

  • When loading the Maya plug-in (online Free license, or offline Pro interactive floating license).
  • When writing (online Free license, or offline Pro interactive floating license).
  • When reading (online Free license, or offline Pro interactive floating license).
  • when rendering (online Free license, or offline Pro render floating license).
Renderers

Multiverse fully supports the Arnold and 3DelightNSI renderers, and includes support for the revolutionary 3DelightNSI Cloud service.

Support for Redshift, Renderman and V-Ray is already in the works and will be released very soon.

We are committed to support as many production render engines as possible: support for other renderers that are not listed here can be also added depending on the renderer SDK availability and actual capabilities. Adding support for other renderers, including proprietary ones, can be also done under a custom engineering consulting contract. Contact Sales for more informations.

Educational Licenses

Educational sites can use the Free Version on any number of machines (see the next FAQ: Multiple Concurrent Users). If the educational site requires offline access, floating licenses or dedicated support services, a special site license with reduced pricing can still be purchased. Contact us to discuss terms.

Multiple Concurrent Users

With the Free Version you can have as many concurrent users as you wish, however you must download and activate each license with a unique e-mail address to receive a free license for each and you must be online.

With the Pro Version you can have as many concurrent users as the number of licenses you have purchased and these users can be offline. The Pro Version does not communicate in any form with our servers.

Resellers

Worldwide — J CUBE Inc. Contact Sales. If Japanese clients purchase directly through J CUBE, support will be provided in English.

JapanCrescent Inc and Born Digital.

Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, ThailandJadason Technology.

Validity of Pro Version

Depending on the purchase, a license includes software updates for one year or one month from the purchase date. If a license is expired please Contact Sales to renew it.

Commercial Use with Free Version

The Free Version allows for commercial use and is not time limited: it is automatically renewed every year.

Refund Policy

We provide a Free Version to anyone which can be also be used to evaluate the product. Therefore, we do not offer refunds on the Pro Version.

Payment Methods

We accept credit & debit cards payments with Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Apple Pay, AliPay and WeChat Pay, all through secure Stripe checkout. We also accept bank wire transfer to our bank in Japan (Mizuho Bank). Our resellers may offer additional payment methods. There us no additional service charge for credit card usage nor for international wire transfers. Credit card payments are confirmed within 24 hours, while bank wire transfers may take up to 3 work days to confirm (but you may be eligible to receive a temporary license key in the interim).

TAX (VAT)

International customers (customers outside of Japan) are not required to pay any additional tax such as sales tax or VAT.

Payment & Licenses

The license keys, along with the software download information, are sent by e-mail when payment is confirmed. To obtain your floating license keys, you shall provide to us your license server HostID by providing it via e-mail at sales@j-cube.jp. Please refer to the Licensing Guide for more informations on how to install your license, if in doubt about what is your HostID please feel free to contact us. Licenses are covered by the End User License Agreement (EULA). Licenses are issued by J Cube Inc. Yokohama, Japan.

Permanent Pro Version Licenses

We do not offer permanent licenses for the Pro Version, but we do offer multi-year contracts (minimum 3 years) with further discounts on a case by case basis. Contact us to discuss terms.

macOS Metal Graphics API

On macOS we support the Metal graphics API (instead of OpenGL). We currently distribute the macOS version as a beta.

Version of USD

Multiverse | USD v6 uses native USD v19.11. This means it naturally writes and reads native USD files. It is a perfect companion with Houdini Solaris with which it can seamlessly interchange USD data back and forth. Note that Alembic files are read through the USD API: this means that in memory they become real USD data at all effects.

Relation with other USD Plug-ins

Multiverse originates from a proprietary code-base which was built over 5 major releases in 5 years by J Cube Inc. Leveraging this experience, Multiverse | USD v6 was re-written from the ground up with a new architecture that is end-to-end multi-threaded, from scene construction to final rendering.

Compared to other Maya plug-ins, Multiverse | USD stands out because is designed with a emphasis on delivering an easy ad logical workflow while providing the utmost performance and efficiency. It is made for real-world artists and users that under tight deadlines and budgets. Its UI and UX are well thought, pleasant and ready for deployment in production environments of any scale.

Multiverse is compiled, cross platform (Windows, Linux, macOS) and cross Maya versions (2018, 2019, 2020). Multiverse also offers an easy to use Python API that is straightforward to use & integrate and abstracts the complexity of the USD APIs.

We are committed to continuously support Multiverse, both in its Free and Pro versions, and to further expand its reach in the market for the years to come.

Please read the "Why Multiverse" and "Philosophy" sections on this page for more information.

Multiple Downloads with Same E-Mail

You can use your e-mail to download the Multiverse Free Version as many time as you want, for example when we provide an updated version of the software. The first time, we will send to your e-mail an activation link: once activated your license key will be valid. Every time you will download the software again using your e-mail, we may remind you that your email has been activated.

Portability of the Free Version

The Free Version license is exclusively tied to a running session, and not to your machine hardware. This means you can run Multiverse on any machine simply by having the license file in the Multiverse installation folder: however you cannot use the same license on multiple machines simultaneously. If you want multiple free licenses to be in use concurrently, you must download Multiverse using a different valid e-mail address for each additional user: you will then receive an activation e-mail and license for each.