In Maya, there are many degrees of curves available. Bézier curves are one of the more favored within Maya due to their intuitive usability and flexibility in comparison to other existing curve types. Bézier curves prove to be a useful asset in any toolbox, as is evident by its extensive use in video games, among other fields. For instance, smooth bézier paths can be used to describe roads, streams, and other environmental objects, or describe the pathway upon which an object should follow. The helpful uses bézier curves provide are endless. If you would like to learn more about bézier curves in the context of games development, Dev.Mag has a fantastic article describing uses and mathematical foundations of the curve.
Firstly, let us briefly discuss how Maya’s bézier curves work on a high level. If you are already comfortable with Maya’s bézier curves, feel free to skip the following section.