How to Convert a Maya File to FBX

by Doug Vintage

Maya is a 3D graphics and animation program developed by Autodesk for Windows, MAC OS X and Linux operating systems. Autodesk developed multiple 3D graphics applications that perform similar tasks but use different file formats. To increase compatibility between programs, Autodesk created "Platform-Independent 3D Data Interchange Technology." This technology converts projects into the FBX file format to act as a bridge between multiple applications. You can import and export this format into various applications, including Maya, with a specialized FBX extension plug-in.

1

Download the Autodesk FBX 2012 plug-in executable file for Maya from the Autodesk FBX website. Run the executable file to automatically install the plug-in to the appropriate Maya directory.

2

Launch the Maya application and load the project that you want to convert to FBX format.

3

Click on "File" in the main Maya tool bar and select "Export All."

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Select "FBX" from the "Files of Type" drop-down box and click "Export" to open the FBX Exporter tool.

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Click "Export" at the bottom of the Exporter Tool window to convert the Maya project into FBX format.

About the Author

Doug Vintage has been a writer since 2008 and holds a bachelor's degree in computer science. His professional writing experience includes the research and creation of internal technology articles for several law firms including WilmerHale, Crowell & Moring and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.