The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine for Game Design & Animation

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The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine 4
  • Certification included
  • Experience level required: Beginner
  • Access 39 lectures & 3 hours of content 24/7
  • Length of time users can access this course: Lifetime

Course Curriculum

39 Lessons (3h)

  • Your First Program
  • Let's BEGIN! Off we go to a Quick Start!
    Where to get your FREE copy of Unreal Engine 43:19
    Let's Take A Tour Of The Epic Launcher!6:21
    Create Your First Project and Import The Robot16:19
  • How To Organize & Navigate Your Scene/Level/MAP
    How To Create Folders To Organize Your Scene3:01
    How To Save Your Level (Scene)1:58
    How To Hide Scene Icons2:10
    How To Open Different Viewports Such As Top, Side, Etc4:02
    How To Dock and Undock Windows3:45
    REVIEW: Remember The F Key and ALT Key Are Your Friends!5:13
  • Let's Build Some Stuff!
    Let's Drag & Drop Some Walls Into The Scene!12:18
    Let's add materials to your walls!5:12
    A quick look at materials in the Material Editor1:26
  • Unreal Engine's Realistic Lighting System: You're Gonna Love This!
    Let's start by deleting all our lights then adding a directional (sun) light4:12
    Contact shadows: one of the keys to realism2:23
    Set up your first point light3:46
    That was easy! Now let's set up a spotlight!5:19
    Onward to a rectangle light!5:01
    Cool lighting setups!8:15
    The sphere reflection capture2:56
    The Skylight: Lighting with HDRI Images (High Dynamic Range Images)3:14
    Let's create the sky!4:08
  • Atmospheric Effects
    Atmospheric Fog1:12
    Exponential Height Fog - You're gonna LOVE this!4:47
    God Rays! The Holy Grail of Lighting Effects!3:40
    How about a little fire, Scarecrow? Unreal Engine's Amazing Particle System!6:05
  • How To Create Amazing Cinematics In Unreal Engine 4!
    First we'll create a new level & add a character4:25
    Here's the scene we are going to create!2:19
    Next we'll create an awesome HDRI environment!8:33
    Add your cinematic camera to the level and sequence4:49
    Create a new Level Sequence3:02
    Add our robot mannequin character & animation5:55
    Let's make that camera bad-ass and change some settings11:12
    Now we're going to get some beautiful Depth of Field!8:20
    Let's add some camera movement!8:12
    Now let's add a 2nd camera!12:49
    Preparing our project for export: production quality settings3:12
    How to export your video for further editing & manipulation11:11
  • Video Editing & Color Grading
    FREE Video editing program: HitFilm Express1:26
    Let's edit and color grade our Unreal Engine clips!12:20

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine 4

Michael Ricks

Michael Ricks | Animator | VFX Artist | Independent Filmmaker

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Michael Ricks has been making films and doing visual effects on indie films for over 15 years. When he discovered Unreal Engine 4, he was blown away by its realistic real-time rendering engine. He immediately saw that Unreal Engine (UE4) was a game-changer and that it had now become possible for a small studio consisting of a few artists to pull off a Hollywood-quality feature-length animated film.

Day-long rendering of each frame of animation has been a thing of the past with UE4. Join Michael as he takes you to a journey using this awesome toolset, that is not only fun but extremely satisfying on a creative level.

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Unreal Engine 4 has become a leading resource in the creation of games, animations, television shows, and illustrations! With 39 lectures, this course will take the absolute beginner from knowing NOTHING about Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) to a workable understanding of scene setup, importing assets, sequencer, basic material setup, rendering, and so much more. If you have absolutely no knowledge of Unreal Engine 4 but would like to get up and running quickly and without delay, this is the course for you.

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  • Access 39 lectures & 3 hours of content 24/7
  • Import assets to the Unreal Engine
  • Light a scene in just a few simple steps
  • Create a simple animation, ready to render in HD video
  • Create an animation sequence & add your assets to the sequence

"This is a great beginner's course if you are looking to familiarize yourself with Unreal Engine." – Tim Fraser

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  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
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  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: beginner


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