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Can Unreal Engine be used for CGI in films

So I am a filmmaker, but I dabble in game design, so I am wondering if the effects in the Unreal Engine can be used to create realistic backgrounds and animations to be used in movies.

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asked Nov 05 '14 at 06:41 PM in Everything Else

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avatar image SqueakyHudson Mar 14 '16 at 06:08 PM

Hello Andrew Hurley, My question is in tandem to this one. It two-fold: 1) Do I need any external or 3rd party software to bring something like what's in that "ELEMENTAL DEMO" video to life? 2) When I am ready to export, can I export the CGI animation scene directly out of UE4? and do I have the option to fully customize the fps in the export, like 23.976? Thanks for your time Andrew

avatar image AndrewHurley Mar 14 '16 at 06:37 PM

To go from start to finish, you will want an external video editing program like Adobe Premier, and then do all your polishing there.

You can export your cinematic directly from matinee and customize the final output by setting FPS and other variables. Take a look at our documentation on matinee as well as the new features for 4.11 which makes this process more effective.


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avatar image SqueakyHudson Mar 14 '16 at 07:07 PM

Awesome. Thanks for your speedy reply bro. I have, and am very fluent with, Final Cut Pro X. I also have Adobe After Effects and Motion 5 as well. So it looks like I'm set. When is 4.11 going to be ready?

avatar image AndrewHurley Mar 14 '16 at 08:17 PM

I am unable to provide that information at this time, but know it will be released in the near future :)

avatar image SqueakyHudson Mar 14 '16 at 09:08 PM

Alright! :) And thanks so much again. You guys are the best! Know that all you guys are doing is much appreciated and stands out as a cut above the rest in every way! You all really are setting the standard for product, community, and customer service.

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Hello joshuarobison1,

To answer your question, the engine at its core is for video game design itself. That being said, you should check out these fantastic art and visual cinematic's some people in our community. The power of Unreal Engine 4 can be used to create some amazing realistic scenes, so to answer your question. Yes! :)

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Also I am not sure if you have seen them or not, but we have a couple of very intense cinematic scenes that are realistic and have everything the animator, art enthusiast, and game designer could want!

Infiltrator Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPoazrjweIo

Elemental Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY20pxEQM-A

I hope this answers your question!

Andrew Hurley

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answered Nov 14 '14 at 05:55 PM

avatar image joshuarobison1 Nov 15 '14 at 07:20 PM

Thanks, you answered my question for the most part, but also, I want to know if scenes you create using matinee can be exported to be used in a video editor. But thank you for answering my question.

avatar image AndrewHurley Nov 16 '14 at 01:35 AM

Yes they can. And you are welcome.

avatar image joshuarobison1 Nov 16 '14 at 03:59 PM

Do you know where I could find the information on how to do that?

avatar image AndrewHurley Nov 16 '14 at 09:54 PM

Here you are. Some helpful documentation on Unreal Matinee


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I think unreal engine is not capable of producing film like

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