The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine 4

Video description

This course will help you gain hands-on knowledge and experience in Unreal Engine 4.

About This Video

  • Get started with Unreal Engine 4 by setting up a simple animation
  • Find out how to download and install your free copy of Unreal Engine 4.23
  • Learn how to create your first Unreal Engine scene

In Detail

Unreal Engine 4 is one of the leading resources employed in the creation of games, animations, television shows, and illustrations. This course will waste no time in getting you to grips with the knowledge and skills you need to get started with using Unreal Engine 4.

You’ll begin by learning how to download and install the program and start your first project. You’ll then discover how to add realistic lighting and import assets and characters into a scene. As you advance, you’ll get hands-on with applying atmospheric effects and create amazing cinematics. Finally, discover how to save a scene and export it as a video file to make it ready for further editing.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to perform useful operations and run Unreal Engine 4 efficiently.

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Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Let's BEGIN! Off we go to a Quick Start!
    1. Where to get your free copy of Unreal Engine 4 00:03:19
    2. Let's Take A Tour Of The Epic Launcher! 00:06:21
    3. Create Your First Project and Import The Robot 00:16:19
  2. Chapter 2 : How To Organize & Navigate Your Scene/Level/MAP
    1. How To Create Folders To Organize Your Scene 00:03:01
    2. How To Save Your Level (Scene) 00:01:58
    3. How To Hide Scene Icons 00:02:10
    4. How To Open Different Viewports Such As Top, Side, Etc 00:04:02
    5. How To Dock and Undock Windows 00:03:45
    6. REVIEW: Remember The F Key and ALT Key Are Your Friends! 00:05:13
  3. Chapter 3 : Let's Build Some Stuff!
    1. Let's Drag & Drop Some Walls Into The Scene! 00:12:18
    2. Let's add materials to your walls! 00:05:12
    3. A quick look at materials in the Material Editor 00:01:27
  4. Chapter 4 : Unreal Engine's Realistic Lighting System: You're Gonna Love This!
    1. Let's Start By Deleting All Our Lights Then Adding Directional (Sun) Light 00:04:13
    2. Contact Shadows: One Of The Keys To Realism 00:02:23
    3. Set up your First Point Light 00:03:46
    4. That was easy! Now Let's Set Up A Spotlight! 00:05:19
    5. Onward to a Rectangle Light! 00:05:01
    6. Cool Lighting Setups! 00:08:15
    7. The Sphere Reflection Capture 00:02:56
    8. The Skylight: Lighting With HDRI Images (High Dynamic Range Images) 00:03:14
    9. Let's Create The Sky! 00:04:08
  5. Chapter 5 : Atmospheric Effects
    1. Atmospheric Fog 00:01:12
    2. Exponential Height Fog - You're going to LOVE this! 00:04:47
    3. God Rays! The Holy Grail of Lighting Effects! 00:03:40
    4. How About A Little Fire, Scarecrow? Unreal Engine's Amazing Particle System! 00:06:05
  6. Chapter 6 : How To Create Amazing Cinematics In Unreal Engine 4!
    1. First We'll Create A New Level & Add A Character 00:04:25
    2. Here's The Scene We Are Going To Create! 00:02:19
    3. Next We'll Create An Awesome HDRI Environment! 00:08:33
    4. Add Your Cinematic Camera To The Level and Sequence 00:04:49
    5. Create a new Level Sequence 00:03:02
    6. Add Our Robot Mannequin Character & Animation 00:05:55
    7. Let's make that camera bad ass and change some settings 00:11:13
    8. Now We Will Get Some Beautiful Depth Of Field! 00:08:20
    9. Let's Add Some Camera Movement! 00:08:12
    10. Now Let's Add A 2nd Camera! 00:12:49
    11. Preparing Our Project For Export: Production Quality Settings 00:03:12
    12. How To Export Your Video For Further Editing & Manipulation 00:11:11
  7. Chapter 7 : Video Editing & Color Grading
    1. FREE Video Editing Program: HitFilm3 Express 00:01:26
    2. Let's Edit and Color Grade Our Unreal Engine Clips! 00:11:41

Product information

  • Title: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine 4
  • Author(s): Michael Ricks
  • Release date: May 2020
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781800566293