Asset Import / Export


Pragma comes with the following export capabilities:

Exporting Assets

If you want to export a model or material, the easiest way to do so is via the Filmmaker interface. Simply open the model/material catalog, right click on the model icon, then click "Export asset":


If you want to export a different asset type, or need more control, you can use the export command utility instead. To use it, start a game in Pragma first. You can either load a map (which map doesn't matter), or run "map empty" in the console. Once the map has been loaded, you can use the "util_export_asset" console command with the following parameters:

Models only:

If you want to use Pragma to export Source Engine assets, you generally don't have to copy any of the assets to Pragma, the Engine should be able to locate the assets automatically as long as they're part of one of your installed Source Engine games on Steam.


Usage Examples

Exporting a material (including textures):

util_export_asset -material "brick/brick_1a" -verbose -image_format png

Exporting a texture:

util_export_asset -texture "concrete/concrete_5_floor_3_psd_918fcd2d" -verbose -image_format png

Exporting a map:

util_export_asset -map "gm_construct" -verbose -export_images 1 -image_format png -generate_ao 0 -export_animations 0

Exporting a model:

util_export_asset -model "props_2fort/tank001" -verbose -image_format png -generate_ao 0

(Make sure to remove the ".mdl" extension!)

Exporting a Source 2 model:

util_export_asset -model "characters/gman/gman" -verbose -image_format png -generate_ao 0

Batch-exporting all models in a directory and all sub-directories:

util_export_asset -model "props_2fort" -verbose -image_format png -generate_ao 0 -recursive 1


Exporting to Source Engine

You can also use the command to export a model to the Source Engine .mdl format. To do so, simply set the "format" parameter to "mdl":

util_export_asset -model "props_2fort/tank001" -format "mdl"

Most of the parameters listed above will have no effect when using the Source Engine mdl-exporter!

This will automatically generate the QC and SMD files for the model, convert the textures to vtf, convert the materials to vmt, as well as automatically compile the model using studiomdl. Pragma will attempt to locate studiomdl automatically, but you can also specify which game's studiomdl should be used:

util_export_asset -model "props_2fort/tank001" -format "mdl" -game "tf2"

This will use the studiomdl from TF2. The game name has to match the entry from "Pragma/cfg/mounted_games.udm" (You can open the file in a text-editor).

If the model's materials use PBR, the exporter will also automatically apply fake PBR for use in SFM.

All of the model's animations will be included in the Source Engine model as well, however morph targets are currently not supported.

Using Pragma to convert models from Blender to Source

Converting a model from Blender (or other modelling programs) is very simple. All you have to do is export your model from Blender in either the glTF format, or the glb format and copy the exported file to "Pragma/addons/imported/models". Then use the command above and replace the model name with the name of the glTF/glb file (without the extension).


Source 2

The approach for Source 2 assets is exactly the same as for Source 1 assets, with the exception of maps. To export a Source 2 map, follow these steps (using Half-Life: Alyx as an example):

  1. Open the map's vpk-file (steamapps/common/Half-Life Alyx/game/hlvr/maps) in GCFScape
  2. Extract all of the files from the vpk to "Pragma/addons/imported/"
  3. Run the "util_export_asset" command with the asset name pointing to the "vwrld_c"-file. For example, for the map "a5_vault", you should use:
util_export_asset -map "a5_vault/world" -verbose -export_images 1 -image_format png -generate_ao 0



If you want to import a model from Blender (or other modelling programs), all you have to do is export the model in the glTF or glb format and copy the exported file to "Pragma/addons/imported/models". The model should automatically show up in the PFM model catalog and it will automatically get converted (along with the textures) when used.

Source Engine / Source 2

If you want to import a model (or material/texture) from Source or Source 2, you generally don't have to do anything. All of your installed Source Engine games (assuming they're installed via Steam) should be automatically detected and mounted by Pragma. In the rare event that this doesn't work, you can try adding the mount path for the game to "Pragma/cfg/mounted_games.udm".

Alternatively you can also simply extract the asset files to "Pragma/addons/imported/models" and "Pragma/addons/imported/materials" respectively.

Revision #14
Created 6 April 2021 18:32:48 by Silverlan
Updated 7 April 2021 17:04:58 by Silverlan