Batch Export/Import

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Jos Balcaen

This is a free script, for non commercial use.

This is the perfect script to transfer your models from 3ds Max to ZBrush/Unity/UDK/...
Basically it batch exports objects to multiple files.
Supported formats : max, obj, fbx, 3ds, ase, dwf, dwg, dxf, dae, nif.

General features

  • Very easy to use script
  • All options are saved.This means all checkboxes, text fields will remember your change.

Import features

  • Create file layers. Create a layer for every file and add the file contents to it.
  • Rename to file name. Rename all objects to the filename_1
  • Attach in file. Attach all objects from the same file together
  • Group in file. Group all objects from the same file

Export features

  • Reset geometry. Apply the boxmethod to every object (reset transformation etc.). Optionally move the pivot to the origin.
  • Delete turbosmooth. Delete the TurboSmooth modifier before exporting.
  • Move to [0,0,0]. Move objects to the origin before exporting
  • Rotate the objects before exporting (to fix rotation problems)
  • Scale the objects before exporting (to fix scale issues)
  • Name change. Add prefix and/or postfix to the name of the objects before exporting.
  • Combine collision mesh. Mesh with the same name and the given prefix/postifx will be exported together (ex. UCX_).
  • Combine LOD's. Meshes with the given prefix/postfix will be exported to the same file. For example _LOD* (* means numbering) for unity.
  • Group support. Objects in a group are automatically exported to the same file. If the Collapse groups option is enabled, the group will be collapsed to one mesh.
  • FBX export options. Use the FBX Preset option under the advanced section.

So no need for an export scene. You can check the options and everything will be perfectly exported.
After exporting the scene will be restored.

This script has been updated several times by user requests.
If you have any remarks, requests or feedback, feel free to contact me.


Additional Info: 

How to install

The new version now has a installer. Just run the .mzp file to install the script.

Version Requirement: 
josbalcaen_batch_exporter_importer.mzp79.79 KB


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jos's picture

Can you send me a sample

Can you send me a sample scene so I reproduce the problem? I'm rewriting the whole script now..

climus's picture


After exporting the model names disappear. Model name in Russian

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Nes's picture

Import BIP files

Do you think it's possible to add the option of importing BIP files?

In my work I need to convert a lot of csm files to bvh format. The only batch export that I found for now is from csm to BIP format using Character Studio. Now I’m looking for a batch export from many BIP files to fbx then I have to do another batch export using another tool in order to obtain the bvh format!
It’s weird that 3ds max is able to import but not export bvh format!

I will appreciate any proposition or help.
Thank you in advance.

jos's picture

I've planned it on march.

I've planned it on march. I'll rewrite the whole script then.
groeten terug!

Anvile's picture

hey, i don't need the pivot

hey, i don't need the pivot move script anymore, but i was wondering if you're still planning on adding group support?

groeten :)

Anvile's picture

oh sorry, didn't see that in

oh sorry, didn't see that in the screenshot :)

jos's picture

Just check "move objects to

Just check "move objects to [0,0,0]". For moving the pivot to the lowest vertex you should search another script. If you can't find it, just request this at scriptspot.

Anvile's picture

Ah, this script is almost

Ah, this script is almost exactly what i need, would it be possible to add a function that moves the objects to 0,0,0 XYZ, then moves them back to original position on export? And maybe a function that moves pivots to the lowest vertex of the model?

jos's picture

I had implemented group

I had implemented group support in my working version, but I've lost it damnit. Planning to rewrite this script.

mxdsa's picture


It would be nice if the scripts could export each selected group as a new file.
Thank you

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