Introduction to 3D Character Animation in Unreal Engine 4

Video description

Build a stunning cinematic 3D animation scene from start to finish in Unreal Engine 4

About This Video

  • Explore the Exile Alien character, along with 28 motion capture animations
  • Focus on Genesis 2 Male and Female characters
  • Delve into setting up a scene, complete with sci-fi spaceship interiors

In Detail

Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) has emerged as a leading resource in the creation of games, animations, television shows, and illustrations. This course will help you animate your character in UE4 easily. It features all the required scene files and even makes it easy for you to just drag and drop your character in the scene to make it ready to go.

The course will take you through the essential steps that need to be taken for the character to be able to accept motion capture animations in Mixamo and then get imported into Unreal Engine.

Even though Mixamo discontinued direct support for Unreal Engine, the following method works by exporting standard FBX from Mixamo to UE4 -

You’ll upload your character to Adobe Mixamo and add motion capture animations. All you need to do is click on the animated preview and it will be applied to your character. As you hit play, the animation begins, being rendered in real-time. You can adjust the speed of the animation and other aspects too. As your character will not already have its materials or textures applied, you’ll be able to do that in UE4. You’ll find 28 animated aliens, ready for you to drag and drop into your Unreal Engine scene for instant animations.

Next, you’ll work with the Unreal Engine Sequencer, which is similar to a non-linear editor. You will set up your scene, complete with spaceship interiors, Exile Alien characters, lights, smoke effects, and cameras, and get it ready for animation. As you progress, you will export your movie in high definition in real-time. No longer will it take hours or days to render a single frame; it will be entirely possible to complete even a 2-hour feature film in 120 days using UE4.

Toward the end, you will take your rendered video file and bring it to HitFilm Express, or your favorite video editing program, where you will add color grading, music, and sound effects, and fine-tune your edits to prepare the scene for final output.

By the end of this course, you will have completed your own animation scene, and have a solid understanding of Unreal Engine's animation workflow.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Introduction
    1. What you will learn in this course about Unreal Engine 4 00:05:50
    2. This is the Unreal Engine 4 movie scene you will be creating in this course 00:01:43
  2. Chapter 2 : Download Unreal Engine 4, DAZ Studio & HitFilm3 Express
    1. Video: Download the programs you'll need (all are free) 00:02:29
  3. Chapter 3 : Quick Start - Let's Have Some Fun!
    1. Getting around Unreal Engine 4 - A quick tour of the basics of getting around. 00:08:45
    2. Your First Practice Animation Exercise - Let's Jump Right In! 00:37:45
    3. HD Video Of Your Practice Scene 00:00:47
    4. Depth of Field in Unreal Engine 4 00:04:47
  4. Chapter 4 : Preparing Your Character For Animation and Export From DAZ Studio
    1. DAZ Studio Export - Genesis 2 Character 00:04:39
    2. DAZ Studio Export - Genesis 3 Character 00:04:59
    3. DAZ Studio Export - SciFi Interior 00:06:29
    4. DAZ Studio Export - Genesis 8 Character 00:08:25
  5. Chapter 5 : Mixamo Animation - Now let's make your character move!
    1. An Introduction to the Amazing Adobe Mixamo Animation System 00:03:07
    2. Uploading Your DAZ Genesis 2 Character To Mixamo 00:06:17
    3. Uploading your Genesis 3 Character to Mixamo 00:03:29
  6. Chapter 6 : Unreal Engine 4: Lights, Camera…ACTION!
    1. Import Your DAZ Genesis Character and Mixamo Animations 00:14:11
    2. Setup Your SciFi Alien Interior in Unreal Engine 4 00:18:48
    3. Setup Light Shafts and Fog Effects for Moodiness In Your Scene 00:11:42
    4. Adding Your Characters To The Scene 00:11:06
    5. Add Particle Effects - Smoke, Steam & Fire! 00:08:08
    6. The Unreal Engine Sequencer - Let The Magic Begin! 00:26:45
    7. The Unreal Engine Sequencer: Creating Your 2nd Shot 00:11:44
    8. The Unreal Engine Sequencer: Creating Your 3rd Shot 00:20:29
  7. Chapter 7 : HitFilm 3 Express - Editing Your Scene
    1. HitFilm3 Express: Importing Your Footage & Music 00:05:45
    2. HitFilm3 Express: Color Grading Your Footage 00:05:36
    3. Preview of Allrightrig - lip sync animation within Unreal Engine 4 coming soon! 00:01:49
  8. Chapter 8 : Adobe Fuse, Mixamo & Unreal Engine 4
    1. Adobe Fuse Character Creation Part 1 00:11:08
    2. Adobe Fuse Character Creation Part 2 00:09:10
  9. Chapter 9 : How to Create Materials in Unreal Engine 4
    1. How to export textures from DAZ and create materials in Unreal Engine 4 00:38:18
  10. Chapter 10 : Get Your FREE Paragon Characters from Epic Games!
    1. Cool Things Coming Up 00:07:00

Product information

  • Title: Introduction to 3D Character Animation in Unreal Engine 4
  • Author(s): Michael Ricks
  • Release date: May 2020
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781800565708