Unreal Engine 5 video: Confusingly similar to reality

Unreal Engine 5 video: Confusingly similar to reality
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from Oliver Jaeger
A 3D artist named Lorenzo Drago has released a video showing a Japanese train station. What at first glance looks like footage from a regular camera is actually the work of Unreal Engine 5, which Lorenzo Drago used to create the video.

To demonstrate the new Unreal Engine 5, a number of tech demos have already been published that come very close to reality from a purely visual point of view. A 3D artist has now taken it a step further, as he proves with his latest video. The name of this artist is Lorenzo Drago, who managed to reach almost 500,000 viewers on Youtube after four days with his Unreal Engine 5 creation. The video shows Etchū-Daimon Station in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, both during the day and at night.

Video with Unreal Engine 5 visually close to reality

Lumen was used for lighting in the video, but according to the artist, Nanite was not used. Lorenzo Drago explains that he did all the modelling, textures, animations and lighting. Only the foliage, which can only be seen for a fraction of the video, comes from Quixel Megascans. Features such as steps, walls, cables, and lights are textures that are both crafted by hand and taken from photos.

As can be seen from the author’s explanations on the “Artstation” website, his goal with the Unreal Engine 5 project was to get as close to photorealism as possible. The camera work in the video also contributes significantly to the degree of realism. Lorenzo Drago explains that he used real-time VR tracking to emulate a handheld camera and flashlight for the shoot. According to the 3D artist, it took a month for the finished end product.

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In addition, the video was not recorded in real time, which would be possible (30 to 50 fps and 1440p in daylight), but the image quality is said to be worse. Instead, it’s a high-resolution rendering at around 7 frames per second, as Lorenzo Drago specifies. A Ryzen 7 3700X is said to have been used as hardware on the processor side and a Geforce RTX 2080 on the graphics card side.

Source: Artstation and Youtube

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