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Visual Effects Summit: Fracture Animation Techniques


Fracturing your geometry is only the first step in your destructible asset pipeline. There are many different techniques to animating these fractured assets. This talk covers several different ways we can animate the fractured pieces in engine. By avoiding the need of baking out a simulation, we can allow for faster iteration time and dynamic input from gameplay. During the first half of the talk, we focus on using custom UV sets to add animation inside of a material. Then we cover how to animate the pieces with Niagara by using its Mesh Renderer for mesh flipbooks. All the techniques are covered using Houdini for source art generation and Unreal for the game engine.

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