Unreal Engine 4 Beginner Tutorial: Getting Started


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This step-by-step Unreal Engine 4 tutorial for beginners will show you how to get started for the first time. Now obviously I can’t cover everything in an hour long video. It would take hundreds of hours to cover all that UE4 has to offer. But, if you’ve just downloaded the engine and you’ve yet to open it, then this video will teach you how to navigate around the user interface, some short cuts to make your life easier, and some tips and tricks to get you over the tough hurdles that a lot of beginner’s run into.

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I’ll first be showing you how to create your first UE4 project using Unreal Engine 4.25. Epic provides a number of templates for you to get started.

We’ll then spend some time going over the Marketplace and why it’s VERY important for you to familiarize yourself with what’s available to you for FREE from day 1. There are a lot of awesome assets that you can use in your games. By learning how to use the Marketplace, you’ll be setting yourself up for success early on. This is why we start with this lesson first.

After that, we’ll learn some basics about levels and how to navigate them. You’ll learn how to move, rotate, and scale objects. You’ll learn how to add new objects into your levels. You’ll learn how to create landscapes and set up some basic lighting for your outdoor worlds.

We’ll then take a look at the most common classes that nearly all of your games will have. Character, game modes, pawns, actors and more. The more familiar you are with the classes that are present in the engine, the easier it will be fore you to find enjoyment early on.

And that’s what this Unreal Engine 4 beginner’s guide is all about: helping you to not feel overwhelmed by how much power is at your finger tips. The sooner you can learn to navigate around the interface, the sooner you’ll be able to start making your dream game.

I recommend you follow along as I go through the video and pause it when needed.

0:00 Introduction to the Epic Launcher and creating your first Unreal Engine 4 project from the provided templates.

3:50 Inside your first project and running around for the first time. Some helpful tips while playing in the editor. Creating a new Level and saving it in your project.

7:27 The powerful Unreal Engine Marketplace. It’s VERY important that we spend some time learning about the marketplace. The quicker you learn how to use the Marketplace, the quicker you’ll be able to start building your projects and learning how other creators make things.

12:20 How to add assets you’ve gotten from the Marketplace to your projects.

15:15 Moving assets from one project to another using the Migration tool.

17:35 Getting comfortable with the Interface while in a Level. You’ll learn about the World Outliner, World Settings, Details, Placing Actors and much more.

27:50 How to create a Landscape for an open world game. You can either import a heightmap from your computer, you can download landscapes from the Marketplace, or you can create a flat terrain. I’ll show you how to import a heightmap.

39:40 Why you should NEVER move or delete assets from the Explorer. 99% of the time, you should be moving or deleting assets from within the project. This is very important so please pay attention to this lesson.

43:56 The base classes that make up an Unreal Engine 4 game. You will learn about Actors, Pawns, Characters, PlayerController, Gamemode, and more. You’ll learn how to create these classes, add them to your levels, and make changes to them.

52:10 Let’s make our first Actor Blueprint and add a mesh to it with a light. Just a simple lesson to teach you how to make an actor blueprint and add thing to it.

56:50 Quick introduction to the Event Graph which is where you’ll be doing most of your programming. You’ll learn how Begin Play works and we’ll do a simple Print String off of it.

1:01:35 Final tips for long-term success in Unreal Engine 4.

○ My First Indie Game Devlog – https://youtu.be/9nI_Na2Wa2g
○ A Day in the Life of an Indie Developer – https://youtu.be/Br5mQ_mmftw
○ Realistic Dynamic Lighting in Unreal Engine 4 – https://youtu.be/cywvAq4dAeQ
○ Make a Co-op Survival Game in UE4 – https://youtu.be/maG2YnVnIVM

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