3ds Max + Unreal Engine 4: Easy VR for Arch Viz

Use Unreal Engine 4 (free) to turn your 3d projects into a real time / virtual reality project in just a couple hours.
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

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3DS MAX + UNREAL ENGINE 4: EASY REAL TIME FOR ARCH VIZ (or any kind of 3d project)

This class is designed for those of you who are ready to take the next step with your 3d projects. Whether you are a game creator, an architectural visualization specialist, or just aspiring artist, this class is right for you.

The intent of the class is to show how to leverage the capabilities of Unreal Engine 4, a real time gaming engine which is FREE, to turn your static 3d projects into something much more powerful -- a virtual reality environment.

You will also learn how to animate your projects using the game engine. This real time animation can potentially save you days and days of render time, as these animations render in just seconds!

If you are looking to add the next big thing to your workflow, or if you are interested in applying your 3d modeling skills to video games, please join the course.

See you in class.

NOTE: This class is taught by Adam Zollinger, a successful 3d artist, author, and Udemy Instructor. Adam has over 9,000 satisfied students already and has proven to be a wealth of knowledge in the field of 3d and digital art. He can also be your companion on the path to becoming a professional, as he is always willing to answer student questions, share personal insights, and help diagnose technical problems.

What are the requirements?

  • basic 3d modeling and materials
  • basic knowledge of some 3d platform, preferably 3ds Max (although any should work)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • import your projects / models into Unreal Engine
  • use templates to easily start navigating your build environment in real time
  • start your own real time project from scratch
  • light a scene using UE4 tools
  • create / edit basic materials in UE4
  • add collisions, simple scripts, players, and objects to your virtual environment
  • find your way around the UE4 UI
  • use the basic tools with the UE4 game engine
  • create your own real time projects
  • export projects as "game" levels for others to explore
  • create real time architectural walkthroughs for clients to explore projects in virtual reality
  • render real time animations from your UE4 project in a matter of seconds
  • learn more advanced techniques as additional lectures are continually added
  • Navigate your projects using VR Headset (HMD)

Who is the target audience?

  • take this course if you are new to Unreal Engine 4
  • take this course if you do Arch Viz, and you are interested in real time animations and virtual reality
  • take this course if you want to get started building your own game levels
  • take this course if you are interested in working real time engines into your workflow in some way.
  • DO NOT expect this course to be an exhaustive tutorial of Unreal Engine 4
  • DO NOT take this course if you are completely new to 3d in general -- I have other courses you can check out for that

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction To Me And The Course

This "lecture" is really just an introduction to me, the instructor. I will show you some of my professional work, explain to you my experience, and hopefully prove to you that I am not some chump trying to take your money on Udemy :) I am a practicing professional, and I try to be very open about my job and my skills, and I really enjoy teaching other people how to gain those skills (and hopefully a job) as well.


This video is not course specific, but it shows you how to get the most out of this course by participating in the community, asking the instructor questions, sharing ideas with other students, offering feedback, etc. It also demonstrates how to download supplemental files.

3 pages

This presentation goes over what you should already know coming into the course, and then what I will teach you from there using Unreal Engine 4 as our game engine.

Section 2: In 3ds Max

If you know how to model in 3ds Max for real time, it can go a long way. This lecture will be a brief description of the things that you need to consider when getting something ready for export for real time in Unreal Engine 4 (UE4).


Making sure that your normals are facing the right direction is essential for real time. Anything facing the wrong way will not show up properly. We need to make sure this is right inside of 3ds Max before we export. I will show you how to check it, and how to fix any mistakes.


Only certain types of materials will export to real time engines. You will need to pay attention in this lecture (wake up!) so you know what materials to use in 3ds Max, and how to prep them properly.


Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) uses two UVW channels to properly render your geometry. One is for your textures, and one is for your lightmap. This lecture will teach you how to handle this properly. HINT: It needs to be done in 3ds Max before exporting.


Finally! We have been screwing around in 3ds Max long enough. Let's get this model out of here and into Unreal Engine. That's why we're here isn't it? There are a few settings you need to know first.

Don't Have Your Own Model To Test? Use Mine
Section Recap: Doing Everything Right in 3ds Max Goes a Long Way
2 pages
Section 3: In Unreal Engine 4
Setting Up A Basic Project Using A Template
Basic Navigation in Unreal Engine 4
Additional Resources Regarding Getting Around in UE4, Straight From The Source
Importing from 3ds Max to Unreal Engine 4

This lecture is added to the course in response to student questions. If you have problems with your geometry and need to go back and fix it in 3ds Max, this video shows how to re-import it in place and update in UE4.

What are Collisions? Here is a Breakdown If You Are New To Real Time
1 page
Collisions: When Worlds Collide!

Your first step into real time. This lecture will show you how to start looking around inside your model. This is the fun part. It is time to start being blown away by Unreal Engine and its real time capabilities.

Section Recap: The Very Beginnings of Your Real Time Experience
2 pages
Section 4: Unreal Engine 4: Materials
Materials Introduction
Unreal Engine Materials and Your First Build!
More Real Time Materials

Creating a true mirror-like material in UE4 is not nearly as simple as it should be. Even in this video, the solution seems like a bit of a cheap workaround. Regardless, here it is, in answer to a student question. More videos on this subject will be added as the program, and techniques evolve.

Dive in Way Deeper To Materials With Epic Games Video Tutorials
Materials Recap: What Have We Learned About Unreal Engine 4 Materials
2 pages
Section 5: Unreal Engine 4: Lighting

In this section we will finally start to learning to light our real time project in Unreal Engine 4. This is the final element that we need to start approaching photorealism for our real time arch viz project.


In order for all of our lighting to look clean, we will up our lightmass settings a little in UE4. This takes longer to build, but will give us much more quality for our real time project. If you don't understand what they all mean, that is okay, just copy the teacher. It is okay, I won't consider it cheating.

Also, we will start setting up our own basic lights from scratch.

More Lighting and Post-Processing
Skylight and More Post-Processing
Lighting Fix
Section 6: Finishing Touches

We continue to tweak our real time architectural walkthrough by adding new details, refining materials, fixing all of our collisions, etc. At this point you should be able to start going off on your own and creating what you want.

Refine Textures, Add Can Lights, Add Collisions, Tie Up Loose Ends

Here we bring in a chair, but I hope that you want to import some of your own nice models to try out in real time.


Sometimes it is really hard to navigate with the default settings. Slow down your player actor to have a little more control.

Section 7: Exporting Your Real Time Project So Others Can View It

What good is your real time project if you are the only that can explore it? Remember, sharing is caring. Let's learn to export our project from UE4 so others can check it out too.


Using the Matinee Actor in Unreal Engine 4 is awesome. Here you will learn to easily spit out full blown animations of your projects in just a mater of seconds, not days.

Section 8: Using UE4 For a Virtual Reality Headset - Occulus Rift or HTC Vive

-Go over the basics of the VR template

-Tips and tricks for getting it to work

-Export a VR project

-HTC Vive and Occulus Rift

-Pick up objects in VR

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Instructor Biography

Adam Zollinger, Digital Artist & Instructor - 3ds Max / V-Ray / Photoshop

Digital Artist - 3ds Max & Photoshop

Adam has been working as a professional (and award winning) 3d artist for over 10 years, but his expertise does not stop there. He has also authored / illustrated a children's book, and created graphics for numerous mobile games. He has expert knowledge in the following programs:

  • 3ds Max
  • Mudbox
  • Photoshop
  • V-Ray
  • After Effects
  • Various other software programs and plugins

Most importantly, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, and he loves to teach others as well.

From the artist:

"I mostly work in the Architectural Visualization industry. This a career which I almost entirely taught myself, and have perfected over several years. In order to save you the trouble of learning the hard way, like I did, I wan't to offer my expertise to you."

Join one of Adam's courses today to benefit from his years of experience creating high-end, professional graphics.

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