Monthly Archives: November 2013

New Feature: Document Map


Here is a new feature that you can expect in next version of Unreal X-Editor. Its called Document Map.

Document Map

Document Map

Using this you can easily navigate large files. Since its docked you can undock it and move around. 🙂

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Vehicle in Unreal Engine 4


Hello Everyone,

Another quick demo of riding my lambo (remember the one from previous screenshots?) in Unreal Engine 4. As always….Its all Blueprints. 😀

Unreal Engine 4 Blueprints + Lights + Particles


Hello Everyone,

Here is a quick video that shows some of the things i did using Blueprints. And here’s two wallpapers that i made.

Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4

Getting my hands on Unreal Engine 4


THATS RIGHT FOLKS!! I got the chance to try out the awesome Unreal Engine 4.  First thing i gotta say is, it’s obviously much much better than current UDK we use. Unreal Engine 4 uses deferred shading instead of forward rendering that is used in UDK so the rendering is now much more beautiful than UDK. Unreal Engine 4 supports advanced Direct-X 11 features such as HDR reflections, physically based materials, IES lighting and many more. UnrealScript has been completely removed and we now have C++ support. But dont worry because if you know UnrealScript then it wont be much of a problem migrating to C++ (Although you must keep pointers in your mind while programming). Once you start using C++ in UE4 you will eventually love it because it is much more faster than UnrealScript. Epic also made a “awesome-cool-useful” feature called Hot Reload. If you watched Allan Willards UE4 walkthrough you might know this. For those who dont know…in UDK you have  a UnrealScript class that does something in your game. To change the values you’ll have to exit the editor –> start an IDE –> make the change –> compile –> start the editor….the cycle continues. But in Unreal Engine 4 you dont have to exit the editor! Just click the asset -> open Code View –> double click the function which will open in Visual Studio and edit. You dont even have to save the file! Because when you compile inside UE4 the file is automatically saved. Once the compilation finishes the changes are immediately applied in the engine. The good thing is you can play while all this is happening! Changes will be applied right inside the game. Cool uh! 

Unreal Engine 4 is incredibly powerful and faster when dealing with Dynamic Lights. If you have used UDK then i dont have to tell what happens when you throw hundreds of dynamic lights. But in UE4 (since it is deferred shading) it can handle thousands” of dynamic lights perfectly. Materials are now physically based shaders which gives much more realistic look for your objects. Another awesome new feature is the new Instant Game Preview. Previously in UDK when you click play, you have to wait until the map is saved. This is no longer the case in UE4. Click play and BAM!. There you are in the level right inside the viewport. No more saving of maps. You can also quickly switch between fullscreen and normal view easily just by pressing a key.

But i haven’t yet talked about the two things i really liked in Unreal Engine 4. They are “Asynchronous Light Building” and “Particles“.

Asynchronous Light Building:
To put simply, light building now works in the background and while the engine is doing the light building, you can keep on playing inside the editor. Once it is finished engine will ask if you want to keep it or discard. If you choose to apply, then static lighting is applied. If you are wondering if SVOGI (realtime GI) is included then sorry. Unreal Engine 4 still uses Lightmass system. But before you get that frowny face let me say that even if SVOGI is not included, there are other ways to simulate that effect.

Particles:
Particles have been greatly improved in Unreal Engine 4. We now have high-density GPU particles with collision and dynamic particle lights. Dynamic Particle Lights are a great improvement and can add a lot to your scene. For example you can have the gun muzzle flash cast particle lights which gives a far more realistic look than what we see in UDK. To see particle lights see below screenshots.

And…The most important feature of Unreal Engine 4 is Blueprints. You can create your characters, vehicles etc all inside the editor (without exiting!) using Blueprints. I will post more information about Blueprints in the next post (hopefully with  a video!).

So for now…enjoy these screenshots. 🙂

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Lamborghini Gallardo model in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Screenshot of Industry (from my game Engage) in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

Particle Lights in Unreal Engine 4

More screenshots and videos to come…:)

[TIP] How to reverse your animation in 3dsmax


Hello Everyone,

In this quick tip video i’ll show you how to quickly reverse your animation in Autodesk 3dsmax.  Even though am using biped in the video, this will work for all types of objects.

New Feature: Content Browser Finder


Hi there everyone,

Yeah its been a month since my last update. Sorry for that. I’ve been busy with something and ya’ll know what it is soon. But anyway, i just added this cool new feature which i personally find very helpful. Its called “Content Browser Finder”. You might probably wonder what it is but just like the name says, it will find any Content Browser asset used in any UnrealScript file.

That is, you see an Asset in Content Browser which you probably want to change or remove but you dont know where and in which UnrealScript it is used. All you have to do is grab the name of the asset or group or package and use that in Unreal X-Editor Content Browser field and search for that specific type.

For Example…I know the spawn sound in Content Browser but i dont know where it is used.

Player Spawn Sound in Content Browser

Player Spawn Sound in Content Browser

So to find where and which UnrealScript it is used I did the following things:

1: Selected SoundCue as Asset Type

2: I used CB Type as asset since i want to search for this specific asset. (By the way CB stands for Content Browser)

3: I used the asset name A_Gameplay_PlayerSpawn01Cue

4: Pressed Search

Searching for the asset name

Searching for the asset name

Now Unreal X-Editor will search for all uses of that Content Browser item and shows the results in a new panel.

Searching for asset

Searching for asset

And as usual, double clicking will open the file and navigates to that line. 🙂

Result

Result

I hope you will find this new feature useful. 🙂

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