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Quixel releases Megascans Bridge 2018

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Quixel has released Megascans Bridge 2018, the latest version of its free app for converting and exporting assets from its Megascans online library of 3D scan data to game engines and DCC tools.

Described as “the biggest update to the app yet”, the 2018 release introduces new live link plugins for Unreal Engine and Unity, plus the option to batch-download and batch-export materials.

Automatically convert Megascans data for use in UE4, Unity, 3ds Max, Maya and Marmoset Toolbag
A free content-management tool for the Megascans library, Bridge is designed for browsing, previewing, downloading, organising and exporting scanned 3D assets.

Users can choose the format in which to download materials – there are presets for UE4, Unity and offline, including a choice of metalness and specular workflows – plus the resolution and file format of texture maps.

Geometry can be downloaded in OBJ or FBX format at a range of LODs.

Bridge can then convert assets into a format suitable for use in Unreal Engine or Unity and the DCC applications 3ds Max, Maya and Marmoset Toolbag, including presets for common third-party renderers.

Export does not require an internet connection, and the process is customisable via Python scripting.


New in Megascans Bridge 2018: batch processing, live link plugins for UE4 and Unity
To that, Bridge 2018 adds the option to batch-download and batch-export assets, plus new live link plugins for Unreal Engine (shown above) and Unity (shown in this video).

The plugins automatically export assets to the appropriate directories in an appropriate format for each game engine: there are even presets for individual versions of the engines.

There are also a number of workflow improvements, including the option to pin the Bridge on top of other windows to monitor download progress, and to customise the number of assets displayed in a preview.

Pricing and availability
Megascans Bridge 2018 is free, and can be used without a Megascans subscription. With the latest update, the software is available for Linux as well as Windows and macOS.

Read a full list of new features in Megascans Bridge 2018 on Quixel’s blog

Read more about Megascans Bridge on the product website
(Includes download link for the current build)

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