Category: Unreal Engine

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VMI Blog IX: Weather & Penguins!

A quick demo on work-in-progress on VMI, demonstrating progress on weather simulations and few other features. I’m using the fantastic UDS rather than the inbuilt UE volumetrics and particle systems, as this provides an off-the-shelf weather solution with a ton of customizable features via blueprints. This is working in conjunction...

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VMI Blog VII: Animals and Environment

We’re making good progress on environmental visualization and placing animals in our VMI simulation. Gina Moore and I have been working closely together and have moved a huge amount of our workflow into Houdini and Houdini Engine, as this offers so many advantages over using inbuilt UE tools – especially...

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VMI Blog V: A Metahuman Experiment

Part of the brief we developed for our Virtual Macquarie Island project involves the deployment of in-world avatars of the scientists we interviewed. We’ve been very fortunate to interview nine specialists with many decades of on-island experience between them, covering a wide range of disciplines. What is striking about the...

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VMI Blog IV

A brief 9-minute overview of work-in-progress on Virtual Macquarie Island for the VMI Project. The movie covers the development of the environment and terrain model, ocean workflow and initial development tests in endemic fauna visualization – the Southern Elephant Seal and Wandering Albatross. Lots more in the pipeline! November 2021...

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No New Messages

An old iPhone recording (2016) of a scam telephone call, using a synthesized voice, recorded on an old answering machine (2000) that uses an even older synthetic voice, meets NVIDIA’s Audio2Face (2021) – ‘an AI-powered application that generates expressive facial animation from just an audio source.’ A conjunction both sinister...

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VMI Blog II

As mentioned in the previous blog post, I’m exploring the excellent WaterLine water system, which is enabling me to ~finally~ get some decent results with shorelines – something that is clearly a subject of active development in computer graphics, as the physics are so complicated and hard to simulate from...

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VMI Blog

As I am now producing dozens and dozens of test renders I thought it would be instructive to post a few in this blog in order to keep track of progress and make some technical observations. These are ~not~ finished renders – simply work-in-progress. The first (silent) video here is...

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Experiments with Unreal Engine 5

As I progress with testing the new capabilities – and limitations – of UE5, I’ll post them here. The main objective is to work out an effective workflow using new features such as Lumen and Nanite. The first renders are done on an RTX 2070, but later I’ll move to...