Virtual Production Week 1

Assignment:

Screenshots of your UE4 & Workstation Progress. Put a link to your blog post in the #week01 channel in Slack

  1. Watch & Take a screenshot of your progress to post to your blog:
  1. Prep your computer. Find the computer you will be using for this class. If it’s a departmental computer, make sure you can access it weekly for doing homework.
  • If it’s your computer, clean off your hard drive. Install all operating system updates
  • If you plan to only use a Mac, consider installing Bootcamp.
  • Install the Digital Content Creation Tool of your choice
    • Autodesk software is free with .edu email address
      • Maya is the industry standard
      • 3D Studio Max is another standard but Windows only
    • Blender is free and open source
    • Cinema4D has free students license with a picture of your student ID
  • Download the Epic Games Launcher and install Unreal Engine 4.25
    • PC or Mac.
    • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later.
    • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster.
    • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher.
    • 8 GB RAM.
  • Take screenshots of your clean Downloads and Desktop, your free space, and make a blog post.

UE4 & Workstation Progress

I followed the three tutorials to learn UE4 and it was amazing. Quite insightful! But one problem is that I can not access to the Mod and I did find a solution to download the ARK Editor here. But it takes so much storage around 200 GB that I was super afraid. So I found the alternative solution to find the steam workshop for Mod.

Besides that, I followed the tutorials quite fine and I did not find the exact example from the tutorial so I used some other examples. In the screenshots below, I created a side-wall light Blueprint. I feel like this tool is so amazing and easy to duplicate around. I also experimented with the node system in UE4 and it so far has been quite intuitive.

Learned some hotkeyts and the placement of different panels. Upon first navigating around UE4, it is comparatively easier since I am already familiar with Unity. The migrating one project to another is super nice feature.

I am excited to learn of UE4!

PC setup

I knew I am going to study from home most of the time due to COVID-19. Therefore, I built a PC with the parts as below. So far, it has been good, way faster than my 5-year-old Mac.

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $299.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory $57.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $134.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO GAMING Video Card $309.99 @ Walmart
Case Lian Li TU150 Mini ITX Desktop Case $102.99 @ B&H
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply $143.69 @ Amazon
Custom GIGABYTE A520I AC (AMD Ryzen AM4/Mini-ITX/Direct 6 Phases Digital PWM with 55A DrMOS/GIGABYTE Gaming GbE LAN/Intel WiFi+Bluetooth/NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2/3 Display Interfaces/Q-Flash Plus/Mother
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1049.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-13 12:13 EDT-0400

Below is my PC storage for now and what all the software I have downloaded.

Published by Yiting Liu

NYU ITP '21

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