# MUSE FAQ
# What is MUSE?
|muse, /myo͞oz/ `(noun)` — "A person, or a personified force, or whatever may act as a source of inspiration (possibly even a cat!) for a creative artist."|
MUSE™ is the "Multiverse Usd Standalone Editor", a brand new software application made by J Cube Inc, Yokohama, Japan.
MUSE allows users to open interactively visualize, playback any USD assets and compositions without the need for a DCC application. The aim of MUSE is to provide a fast and non-destructive multi-editing of attributes in a USD file, adding references to other USD files, write USD overrides and write USD compositions with overrides.
# What can I do with MUSE?
At the present time, you can do the following:
- open any USD files
- visualize interactively USD files in Hydra Storm
- playback animation
- select USD prims in the viewport
- edit USD attributes, including multi-selection editing
- add references to other USD files
- write USD overrides
- write USD compositions with overrides
MUSE is still in alpha phase of development and is provided as a "tech preview" only. We are working hard to move it into Beta and start extending its capabilities in future releases.
# How does MUSE compare with UsdView?
In a nutshell:
- usdview is a "read-only" viewing application, it cannot edit the stage, nor create overrides nor add references, nor create compositions.
- they both use Hydra for viewing, however MUSE is still in alpha and currently has a more limited feature set for viewing and rendering.
# How can I benefit of MUSE in a CGI pipeline?
You can quickly open and visualize any USD file, playback, perform a variety of non-destructive edits (multi-editing is possible), and finally write them as compositions and overrides, all without the need for a DCC application.
# Does MUSE use Hydra?
Yes it does.
# Will MUSE use other renderers than Hydra's Storm?
Yes it will.
# Can I move/rotate/translate things in MUSE?
Not at the present time.
# Is MUSE cross platform?
Yes, it runs on Windows, Linux and macOS. We are shipping Linux and Windows only for now, macOS is coming soon and it leverages from the Metal API too.
# How do I run MUSE?
To run MUSE simply run the provided script in its bin folder: you will find a
Windows cmd batch file (
muse.bat) and a Linux/macOS terminal script (
simply execute them (they will setup the needed environment requirements).
Also have a look at the MUSE Video.
# Is Muse free?
Muse is free and will be free for any client of the Multiverse "Pro Version". We are considering other means of distribution for the future.
# Will MUSE be distributes separately from Multiverse?
Yes, MUSE is "standalone" as per its name, and it is already distributed as a separate archive. It only require Multiverse Pro Version to performs some license validation and does not consume a license.
A completely separate distribution is planned for MUSE Version v1.0
# I am a Multiverse Pro customer, can I use Muse?
Absolutely yes! MUSE is provided to clients of the Multiverse Pro Version, it can be downloaded in the client area. When running it will briefly check for the presence of a license server but won't consume Multiverse licenses.