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Real-time character animation training roundup: free resources

November 26, 2021
Animation is an important part of any storyline in Unreal Engine. Along with the range of items you can animate in Unreal Engine—characters, objects, materials, and even flocks and crowds—Epic Games provides training materials for just about every type of animation you can think of.
 
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While many artists choose to animate directly within the engine, you can also import animation data if you prefer. Many artists like the flexibility of animating in-engine by placing keyframes in the Sequencer, or by triggering animation with a Blueprint script. For character animation, the Control Rig feature gives you greater in-engine control over character animation than ever before.
You can also import animation from a DCC via the FBX file format, or bring in a mocap file, whether by loading the file directly or using Live Link to bring in live data as it’s recorded. Your choice of method depends on which one gets you where you want to go, and does it the most efficiently.
To help you get the most out of the animation tools and processes in Unreal Engine, here’s a tour of some of our most popular training materials.

Getting started

Just starting out with animation? Check out these resources to jumpstart your knowledge.

Advanced learning

Once you have the basics, take your skills to the next level with these resources.

Unreal Engine 5 sneak peek

Our suite of animation tools will continue to evolve in Unreal Engine 5. Check out these articles and videos that explore these features.

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