Character Animation Pipeline: Export & Import assets with 3DS Max, Maya, and Blender

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Image Learn how to bring your creations from your favorite application into CRYENGINE with this short and practical video tutorial. The latest tutorial in our Character Animation Pipeline series, hosted by Roman Perezogin, one of our Junior Technical Designers, shows you how to import assets from different applications into the engine using the FBX pipeline. The tutorial shows you a simple workflow to export geometry and animation assets from Maya, 3DS Max, and Blender, and then drag and drop them into the CRYENGINE editor. The export process is demonstrated for each application, and then you are shown the import process for CRYENGINE, all in only five minutes.


This bite-size tutorial is a handy reference video which forms part of our larger Character Animation Pipeline series. For a written version of this tutorial please refer to the documentation page.

The first part in this series shows you how to reorient animations in your chosen application to make them ready for CRYENGINE, as well as revealing the theory behind the process.

Use 3DS Max to reorient animations for use in CRYENGINE

Use Maya to reorient animations for use in CRYENGINE

Use Blender to reorient animations for use in CRYENGINE


To get the most out of this tutorial, you should be familiar with the basics of game development and using CRYENGINE. If you are completely new to CRYENGINE, we recommend that you download our beginner’s course or watch the tutorial on our YouTube channel.

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