True First Person Camera in Unreal Engine 4

I decided to share the method I use in my current project to handle my true first person camera. There is little to no documentation on this specific type of first person view, so after looking into the subject for a while I wanted to write about it. Especially since I had a few issues which took me a bit of time to resolve. The end result looks something like that : True First Person ? What do we callRead more

froTools 3.3 : Maya 2018 compatibility, mesh analyzer, reworked export

Interface preview : The froTools is a toolset for Autodesk Maya to speed up your modeling workflow. This game content oriented script allow you a quicker access to the common tools that you use in Maya when you do polygonal modeling. It also provide a lot of new tools to make some tasks more easy to perform. This script also provides : A quick exporter for the FBX and OBJ format Custom hotkeys dedicated to the functions inside the froToolsRead more

UE4 : Specify default monitor location at launch

As I recently moved from a two screens to three screens setup for my desktop computer I met a little annoyance in the way the Unreal Engine 4 create its game window (everything is fine with the editor). By default the engine will create a new game window on the first screen it finds, probably because the Operating System sort them in a specific order and the engine parse the list as-is. My main problem is that the first screenRead more

Anamorphic bloom with Unreal Engine 4

The goal of this blog post is to describe how to modify the UE4 default bloom shape. This is possible with a specific console command but also by modifying the source of the engine. Usually a bloom effect is used to simulate an artifact from a camera. The part producing the artifact is the lens and not all of them behave the same way. The most common shape is a circle but some can bleed in other ways depending ofRead more

Stop using the if() node

I admit, that title is a bit misleading. Too many time I see people using the “if()” node in UDK/UE4 for some specific use case while there are other way to avoid the if() node and therefore its cost. (All my tests and comparisons were made with the UE4 4.12.3 and an NVIDIA GPU.) The cost Branching on modern hardware has less impact that a few years ago, but if it can be avoided by some simple math it’s oftenRead more

Face Skin in Substance Painter

I wanted to share my method for painting somewhat realistic skin in Substance Painter. It’s far from perfect but it gives good result when rendered in Real-time with the Unreal Engine 4. Following is the step by step process (more or less). 🙂 Note that this tutorial was based on Substance Painter 2.1. Baking First step before starting to paint is to setup your additional maps (baked textures) in Substance Painter. I mostly use the default baking settings as theyRead more

[Breakdown] Assassin’s Creed II

This article is a reprint of the original I wrote in February 2013 for MapCore, you can read the original version over here. ———————————– The following breakdown is based on my own guesses and how I understand the game from the textures and meshes I have watched. I can’t tell you exactly if I’m right or wrong since I’m not a developer of the game. However, I believe I’m rational enough to think that most of what I say is close toRead more

UE4 : My Engine/C++ modifications

I did several changes in the UE4 engine, mostly personal changes. Some choices made by Epic doesn’t always fit my needs. I believe some people would also be interested those. Also this post will be useful for me too to track all my modifications. 🙂 Comments are open if you have questions ! I will keep this post updated when I will change my version or that I edit some other parts of the engine code. Currently the code belowRead more

EXIL Dev-blog 9 : Going to the Unreal Engine 4

A bit of time passed since my last dev-blog post (I feel like I’m coming back from the graveyard, my last dev-blog was one year ago). It’s not that I didn’t wanted to give more updates, unfortunately my school became very overwhelming, same case for some other projects. I still kept working on Exil here and there, but often not very focused. Most of the time it was for minor features. Those following me on Twitter had the chance toRead more

xNormal 3.18.3 : Offset mesh tutorial

A few weeks ago I asked the integration of a feature in xNormal : the ability to offset an High-poly mesh during a bake to avoid intersections. Before that, xNormal was able to reduce the intersections artifacts by using an anti-aliasing setting, however this setting increase a lot the render time (the computation is logarithmic). There is also the solution to bake one piece at time, but this process multiply the number of textures that you have to bake andRead more

[maya] froRetopo 3.5 : a fast and easy retopology tool

There is a know issue when using the “edge extrude” from the tool in recent Maya versions. To avoid the problem use the following command in Maya (in the script editor or in the mel command) : I’m releasing today a script that I was working on since a very long time (1 or 2 years). I got a little boost in the development with the help of Chris Cunningham (aka Passerby). I started this script because I was lookingRead more

EXIL Dev-blog 8 : Logo and a skeleton

Dev-blog of April, it will be short unfortunately (next month will probably be a small update too), mostly because of the FBX bug I meet these last days. It slowed down a lot my “production”. If you want more details on this bug, I wrote a detailed post about it here. I also spend a bit of time on updating my Maya scripts (mostly my retopolgy tools) because they really needed it. Skeleton I worked on an other part ofRead more