Unreal Engine 5 Release | The State of Unreal 2022 Keynote Presentation

In this keynote, we explore what you can expect to find in the release—and why it’s going to be a game-changer for the industry. Want to learn more about Unreal Engine 5? Download the release for free, and explore the new features, sample projects, and learning resources:

https://unrealengine.com/state-of-unreal

Unreal Engine 5 for Film Making

Unreal Engine is already being used for virtual sets, famously on productions such as the Mandalorian, but also increasingly on many others.

The truly game changing aspect of Unreal Engine, and the thing that now makes it much more of a threat to traditional filmmaking, is that its graphics are rendered in realtime.

Want to set your film in Morocco when you live in New Zealand? No problem. Want to stage a huge space battle with lots of frickin’ lasers? You got it!

From the article By Simon Wyndham

Blender Cyberpunk in Unity HDRP

Professional game asset creation for Unity using Blender and Substance Painter

Cyberpunk is a vibrant, exciting and neon drenched game environment appearing in more and more video games.

In this series I am going to show you a professional production process for creating both low poly and high poly modular game assets for creating a cyberpunk city for use in the Unity High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP)

We will be modelling in Blender 2.82, where I will be showing you lots of cool techniques, shortcuts and best practices. We will be UV unwrapping the models to ensure we get high quality professional results.

We then jump over to Substance Painter 2019, one of the leading procedural texturing applications used in the game design industry today. I will be showing you how to create 4K multi layered materials that have that wow factor and the realism that is expected in today’s game industry. We will also be covering opacity layers and emission channels for the neon glows.

Finally we take our optimised low poly 3D models with High Definition texture maps into Unity and set up and render a realistic scene using the HDRP settings in Unity which have some of the most realistic and impressive lighting and rendering capabilities in any game engine at the moment.

By the end of this course you will be very confident with making and texturing your own game objects. You will have an impressive piece you can include in your game design portfolios.

So why not enrol today and I look forward to seeing you in my course.

Covered in the course:

  • Create professional 3D models in Blender
  • UV unwrapping in Blender
  • High definition texturing in Substance Painter
  • Using emissive textures in Substance Painter
  • Exporting HDRP textures for Unity
  • Modular layout of buildings in Unity
  • Create a full city scene in Unity
  • High Quality reflections in Unity
  • Setting up realistic lighting in Unity using the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP)

10,000 free Megascans with Unreal Engine 4.24!

Quixel, creator of the world’s largest photogrammetry 2D and 3D asset library, has joined the Epic Games family, and we’re making the entire Quixel Megascans library of more than 10,000 high-quality, production-ready assets free for all use with Unreal Engine!

This is great news for the Unreal Engine, that has now released version 4.24 available to download for free that comes with amazing free assets that will change the look of games in the near future. Not only does it support real time raytracing, but now photorealistic environments!

The movie “The Lion King” utilized the megascans library to bring the impressive 3D world to life. Now you can create your own worlds that look just as impressive

THE LION KING – Featuring the voices of JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala, Disney’s “The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019. © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

They can be imported directly into Unreal Engine using the bridge tool and it is then just a case of drag and drop to add to your world.

Download Unreal today:

Or visit the Unreal blog to find out more:

GeForce RTX 2080 Gaphics

This is a quick snippet of what we can expect from next gen consoles and high spec PCs of the future.

The extremely high quality graphics match the extremely high price tag of the new GeForce graphics cards capable of rendering real time ray tracing and real time reflections.

As you can see from the GTA V example above, the power of the graphics card really does bring the game close to real life quality. Improved ambient occlusion, radiosity and raytracing are all parts of what makes this possible.

Games that will be designed specifically to run on these types of cards will of course be much better. I for one cannot wait to see these games!

Live Action Backgrounds for Film Making in Unreal

Is this the future of film making? Imagine a range of impossible or alien worlds that could be filmed in real time using the ever popular and ever powerful Unreal engine.

Film makers have the opportunity to interact with the virtual environment in real time and produce ultra realistic results, while filming live actors against the project images.

This is also good news for independent film makers. Unreal is free software! All you need is studio space and the ability to film against a digital screen, or projected screen, to achieve professional level results.

Blender 2.8 is Awesome!

This is a major update to the Blender 3D software that has provided a complete overhaul. Blender now looks and feels more like Cinema 4D crossed with Maya and is really easy to use.

Blender has always been incredible, but now it features an updated Cycles renderer that provides breathtaking final renders. It also has the Eevee realtime renderer that provides impressive results directly in the viewport of what you will see in your final cycles render.

The software is completely free. Download from here:

ZOMBIES!!!!

In this amazing short video, episode 1 of an ongoing series, we see a man react to the realisation that he’s in the midst of a zombie outbreak!

This was created using Daz Studio, with some very impressive results. It looks like a real movie, and yet, just one person created this in just over 6 months.

It is a great ambassador for Daz Studio, demonstrating that aspiring film makers can use this software to achieve ambitious projects.

It reminds me of Left 4 Dead, the game on the Xbox 360 (which by the way, is one hell of a great zombie game)

Looking forward to episode 2.