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Maya to Blender 2.8 (Maya Navigation)

Maya to Blender

Blender 2.8 beta is out and it has some great features and is really worth looking at fresh. We know, if you have touched Blender before now, throw that out and start over. Many Maya users are doing just that and while we agree that learning the existing hotkeys for a software is great, sometimes you simply want to have things work like you are used to so you can explore without having to think about simple things like view navigation. Before we get to that, check out the demo and the top 5 features video, get the download and setup your key config.

Maya Hot Keys for Blender 2.8

Bay created a set of Blender 2.80 hotkeys and a few custom addons as part of his learning Blender and a way to give back to the community.

(Everything is Blender default, except)

-alt+LMB orbit
-alt+RMB zoom
-alt+A aim at selected
-alt+shift+LMB pan
-alt+shift+wheel zoom
-wheel turntable view (throw wheel mice are cool)
-alt+wheel cycle frames
-spacebar preview sequence (with return to current frame on stop)
-functioning mirror all skin weights command.


Want to learn how to customize it yourself? Check out these videos.

We discuss Tumble/Rotate, Pan and Zoom and how to set up Maya navigation style in Blender 2.8 Beta. QWER keys are set to Pointer Box, Move, Rotation and Scale. Focus is set to the F key and Isolate Select, or Local View, is discussed.

Download Key Config at:


p.s. All good to go? Excited but not sure yet? Watch this.


Want more production information on Blender?

Check out our podcast interview on the Netflix movie “Next Gen” made with blender and we cover some rigging resources for you to explore.

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