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Screenshots at runtime

So searching for "take screenshot unreal blueprint" and the like is starting to make me crazy, because it's only returning results for taking screenshots of your Blueprints.

What I'm looking for is a way to take screenshots in the game, and I can't seem to find anything on this. I've discovered SceneCapture2D and RenderTarget, but I'm not seeing any way to pipe that out to an image. Am I out of my mind, or is this really not possible?

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asked Dec 30 '14 at 04:36 AM in Blueprint Scripting

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Hi there,

To take a screenshot in game you can open the command console (the tilde key ~ `) and type either "HighResShot" or "Shot" (without the quotes) as described in the documentation here.

I would recommend using HighResShot instead to make sure you get a nice high-res image. Also take a look at the options listed in the doc page above to get custom sized images as well.

Another method is to use a key press event in a blueprint to call the ExecuteConsoleCommand function with the above mentioned console commands, this way you only need to press a single key during runtime to take a screenshot.

Hope that helps!

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answered Dec 30 '14 at 06:35 PM

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avatar image soctty Dec 30 '14 at 06:40 PM

That last method sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!

avatar image soctty Dec 31 '14 at 01:38 AM

That was a bullseye. Just one more question: Is there a way to also include the UMG UI layer? My test shots are only including the player's camera.

avatar image BeeHive Dec 26 '15 at 10:23 AM

Hi Soctty, did you find a solution for this? The HighResShot Command works great for everything except the UMG UI :/ I didn´t find another way to create a screenshot this easy (except the missing umg layer it works great, especially if you add the desired resolution HighResShot 3840x2160)...

avatar image Jingz Aug 29 '16 at 03:55 AM

Could someone tell the path that screenshot saved?

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avatar image BigaCubensis Feb 05 '18 at 09:15 AM

Hmm AFAIK console commands dont work in shipping build/packaged games. I assume you dont want release your game as development build.

avatar image R1ICO Apr 07 '18 at 02:51 AM

Have you find a way to take pictures in Shipping?

avatar image Ixiguis Jan 14 '19 at 12:17 AM

In C++: FScreenshotRequest::RequestScreenshot()

Since this question is marked as answered, better to continue the discussion here: https://answers.unrealengine.com/questions/865527/how-to-take-high-res-screenshots-shipping-builds.html

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