Hello, 3D artists and animation enthusiasts! Today, we dive into an exciting tutorial showcasing how to use Plask Motion in tandem with Unreal Engine to create a 3D animation of a fight scene. This process, streamlined and efficient, allows you to produce a professional-grade animation in under an hour, including advanced techniques like camera work, lighting, and rendering using Unreal Engine 5's free assets.
For this project, we've chosen a capoeira animation previously extracted using Plask. We've also sourced two character models, Alex and Michelle, from Mixamo.
Import the Alex and Michelle models into Plask Motion. Adjust their positions in the scene for optimal interaction.
Apply the desired fighting animation to both models.
Export the models in FBX Unreal format, compatible with Unreal Engine, Game engine, iClone, and other tools. Transitioning to Unreal Engine
With our characters ready, we move to Unreal Engine.
Create a new empty project of the Film type in Unreal Engine, ensuring Ray tracing is enabled.
Name your project for easy identification.
In Unreal Engine, create a directory named 'PlaskAsset'.
Import the two models exported from Plask Motion.
Pay special attention to import conditions, especially enabling the Animation import option.
Once imported, check the Skeletal mesh of the models in the Scene.
Add a Sequence for each model's animation on the track.
Adjust the models' position and orientation to face each other as if fighting.
The next step involves setting up the camera and adding effects to bring our scene to life.
Add a Camera Actor from the Cinematic menu. Drag and drop the camera into the sequence for camera animation.
Animate the camera using parameters like Focal length, Aperture, position, and angle.
Add keyframes for smooth interpolation of camera movements.
Introduce a Camera Shake effect by adding a new Blueprint.
Set the amplitude, frequency, and duration of the camera shake for a more dynamic scene.
To complete our setup, we focus on the background and lighting.
Use the "Modular Military Operation Urban Training Environment" background from the Unreal Marketplace.
Adjust the DirectionLight angle, Sky Light intensity, and Postprocessing for optimal lighting and atmosphere.
Finally, it's time to render our animation.
Open the Movie Render Queue modal in Unreal Engine.
Hit the Render button and check your directory.
And there you have it! You've just learned how to quickly create a 3D fight animation using Plask Motion and Unreal Engine. These tools, when used together, open up a world of possibilities for creating professional-grade animations with ease and efficiency.
Join us next time for more insights and tutorials in the realm of 3D animation and creation. Until then, keep exploring, creating, and animating! 🌟