The Maya Scenes tool is a thumbnail-browser for Maya scenes.

At this time the Maya Scenes is a work in progress; it allows you to open our included Zoo Tools Assets. Scroll down to see the included .MA assets.

Also see our Alembic asset browser named Model Assets

You can save your own .MA scenes manually, scroll down to Adding Your Own Scenes In Beta for logged in users.

In the future, you will be able to save and open your own files inside the tool.




It’s difficult to quickly load Zoo Tools Rigs and the Rhino Model.




This browser is a work in progress and at this time it loads Zoo Tools Rigs and the Rhino Model.




The following rigs and textured models are included with our Site Subscription .

Each maya scene comes with shaders for either Maya’s Viewport, Arnold, Redshift, or Renderman. Animation example scenes are included too.

* License Type: Non-Commercial. Self-learning, show reel, and short films.

Octopus rig, by Andrew Silke.


Croc rig. 3d by Andrew Silke, design by James A. Castillo .


Robo rig. 3d by Andrew Silke, design by Guy Jamieson and Deanna Hewitt .


Zanzi rig. 3d by Andrew Silke, design by Kim Allen and Chee Ghee.


Robo Ball rig, by Andrew Silke.


Rhino model and textures, by Andrew Silke.



This tool is in beta, and it is possible to save shader files to the browser manually.

1. Click the browse button (world) and then navigate up to the maya_senes folder.

2. Create a new folder of any name inside the maya_shaders folder.

3. Inside your new folder, save a Maya scene file .MA
File > Save Scene As…

4. Refresh the browser dots menu > refresh, and you will see the scene listed in the browser.

5. To create an icon, screenshot a square image, for example, 512×512 (or any square size) and save it with the same name as the scene.
myScene.ma (scene file)
myShader.jpg (image thumbnail)

Refresh the browser dots menu > refresh, and the image icon will appear.

6. You can add texture and other dependency files to your new directory.

If textures are not found in the project path, Maya will find the textures and other dependencies in the same directory.

Note: The Renderer Dropdown Button filters scenes by renderer. You can save your shader names with the renderer suffix, and the tool will filter shaders by renderer.
_arnold _redshift or _renderman.




Search Textbox
Type to search for scenes. Delete text to show all scenes.

Image Browser
Select the scene you’d like to open or import, double click to open the file.

Open Button
Opens the selected scene into the current scene.

Import Button
Imports the selected scene into the current scene.

Info Button
Opens a readMe.pdf assigned to the scene if there is one.

Help Button (Question Mark)
Opens a help page URL for the scene if there is a webpage.

Browse Button (World)
Browse the files on disk.

Renderer Dropdown Button
Change the renderer. This button filters file names by their suffix, and it will and hide other renderer types.
_arnold _redshift or _renderman.

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