After adding the dynamic
fire effect, you may notice the interactive performance of Maya
slow down significantly. You can speed up your scene by using proxy
A proxy is an object
that stands in a scene for another, more complex object. Proxy objects
allow you to quickly switch between complex and simple representations
of an object in your scene. They are useful for temporarily reducing
the complexity of the scene as you work with it.
To export a proxy container
- In the scene view, select the fire’s
Since asset-centric selection
is on, this selects the fire’s asset node.
Assets > Export Proxy Asset > .
The Export Proxy Asset
- Select Edit > Reset Settings.
- Change the name to Flame_proxy.
- Click Apply and Close.
The File Browser appears.
- Navigate to Getting
Started/Assets and type the name flame_proxy.ma.
- Click Export.
Maya creates a proxy
Now you can load the
proxy to represent the asset.
To load a proxy
- In the Reference Editor,
select the referenced flame file that appears next to the proxy
asset icon ( ).
- Select Proxy > Reload Proxy
as > proxyAsset (flame_proxy.ma).
The fire effect disappears
and a locator appears in its place.
The asset for your fire
still appears in the Outliner, however if you expand
it, only a single locator node appears (instead of the fire’s group
Likewise, the fire in
your scene has been replaced with a locator node. Your interaction
with this asset has not changed, you can still assign values to
the published attributes and move the locator around the scene.
When you reload the proxy asset again, the fire reflects those changes.
However, if you play the scene when the proxy asset is active, the
scene playback is much faster.