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.

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

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.

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