Tangents and Binormals

Activate this option if you want the Maya FBX Plug-in to create tangents and binormals data from UV and Normal information of meshes. This way you have a tangent space representation of your meshes that you can use for advanced rendering.

NoteYour geometry must have UV information or the Maya FBX Plug-in cannot create tangents and binormals.

Why do I want to do this?

Exporting tangent and binormal data is useful when you define the local coordinate system for each vertex in the mesh, which is referred to as “Tangent space”. This is often required for advanced rendering techniques such as normal mapping.

The Maya FBX Plug-in reads the UV data and uses it to calculate the Tangent space data for normal perturbation in per-pixel lighting.