Christoph Lendenfeld’s Viewport 2 Extension Onion Skin for Maya Animators

Onion Skin For Maya Viewport 2.0

Most Onion skin tools are a bit heavy to use in Maya. This is why Christoph Lendenfeld decided to make a new tool that was a viewport extension that mimicked the features of a 2D onion skin tool. “I wanted to have something like the ghosting functionality in Maya, but unfortunately this doesn’t work with skinned meshes”. Lendenfeld says. “I know there are solutions like bhGhost but they come with a render overhead and always display the same frame”. Lendenfeld’s OnionSkinRenderer is a plugin extension to Maya’s Standard Viewport 2 renderer. When Maya Renders a frame, a pass with the specified objects is created and stored. If you now tell the plugin to display information from another frame, it checks if that exists and if yes, draws it above the geometry.

Download Lendenfeld’s OnionSkinRenderer from his GitHub page, or visit to learn more about the OnionSkinRenderer Viewport plugin.