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Introduction to 3D Character Animation in Unreal Engine 4

Release date:2020, May 28

Author:Michael Ricks

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

Explore the benefits of real-time rendering and animation
Export a Genesis character from DAZ Studio, and import it to Mixamo to prepare for animation
Export the character and animations from Mixamo and then import them to UE4
Use physically based rendering (PBR) materials in your scene to achieve ultra-realism
Color grade your scene with HitFilm 3 Express and upload your finished scene to YouTube
Gain access to a tutorial on how to use Unreal Engine 4’s ‘Decals’ that will give your scene a new level of realism

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.

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01. Introduction
01 – What you will learn in this course about Unreal Engine 4
02 – This is the Unreal Engine 4 movie scene you will be creating in this course

02. Download Unreal Engine 4, DAZ Studio & HitFilm3 Express
03 – Video – Download the programs youll need (all are free)

03. Quick Start – Let’s Have Some Fun
04 – Getting around Unreal Engine 4 – A quick tour of the basics of getting around.
05 – Your First Practice Animation Exercise – Lets Jump Right In!
06 – HD Video Of Your Practice Scene
07 – Depth of Field in Unreal Engine 4

04. Preparing Your Character For Animation and Export From DAZ Studio
08 – DAZ Studio Export – Genesis 2 Character
09 – DAZ Studio Export – Genesis 3 Character
10 – DAZ Studio Export – SciFi Interior
11 – DAZ Studio Export – Genesis 8 Character

05. Mixamo Animation – Now let’s make your character move
12 – An Introduction to the Amazing Adobe Mixamo Animation System
13 – Uploading Your DAZ Genesis 2 Character To Mixamo
14 – Uploading your Genesis 3 Character to Mixamo

06. Unreal Engine 4 – Lights, Camera…ACTION
15 – Import Your DAZ Genesis Character and Mixamo Animations
16 – Setup Your SciFi Alien Interior in Unreal Engine 4
17 – Setup Light Shafts and Fog Effects for Moodiness In Your Scene
18 – Adding Your Characters To The Scene
19 – Add Particle Effects – Smoke, Steam & Fire!
20 – The Unreal Engine Sequencer – Let The Magic Begin!
21 – The Unreal Engine Sequencer – Creating Your 2nd Shot
22 – The Unreal Engine Sequencer – Creating Your 3rd Shot

07. HitFilm 3 Express – Editing Your Scene
23 – HitFilm3 Express – Importing Your Footage & Music
24 – HitFilm3 Express – Color Grading Your Footage
25 – Preview of Allrightrig – lip sync animation within Unreal Engine 4 coming soon!

08. Adobe Fuse, Mixamo & Unreal Engine 4
26 – Adobe Fuse Character Creation Part 1
27 – Adobe Fuse Character Creation Part 2

09. How to Create Materials in Unreal Engine 4
28 – How to export textures from DAZ and create materials in Unreal Engine 4

10. Get Your FREE Paragon Characters from Epic Games
29 – Cool Things Coming Up


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    Hey please upload more tutorial like these and with English sub please (If possible),
    and thanks for these amazing tutorials…

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  3. Hi, can you please upload “The Ultimate Portrait Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced” from Class 101? Thank uu

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