Render Movie Settings

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Sequencer gives you the option to render out your cinematic in either video or image format. You can render out your scene to an AVI video format to share with others, or render out images in BMP, EXR, JPG, or PNG file formats. You can also perform Custom Render Passes to render out things like Base Color, Scene Depth, Subsurface Color and more. 

When rendering out your cinematic, there are several Render Movie Settings that you can use to define how your content is rendered. This page covers how to access the Render Movie Settings and the options that are available to you during the process. 

Render Movie Option

To access the Render Movie Settings and render out your cinematic, first click the Render Movie option within a Sequence.

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This will open the Render Movie Settings window where you can define how your cinematic is rendered.

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Clicking the Capture Movie button will start the render process with your desired Image Output Format.

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You will see the Capturing status message in the lower-right corner of the Editor and a Movie Render - Preview that will scrub through your content as it renders. When the render is complete, you will see the Capture Finished status message in the lower-right corner of the Editor. Click the Open Capture Folder option in the status message to open the file location that you define as the save location for your renders.

For a step-by-step example of rendering out a movie, see Rendering Out Cinematic Movies.

Capture Settings

The Capture Settings section is where you define the Image and Audio Output Formats, Frame Rate, Resolution, and whether to apply Burn Ins.

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Property

Description

Image Output Format

The type of capture protocol to use for the image data. You can render out Custom Render PassesImage Sequences (BMP, EXR, JPG, PNG) or Video Sequence (AVI)

Audio Output Format

The type of capture protocol to use for audio data.

Frame Rate

The frame rate to perform the capture at. 

Resolution

The resolution to perform the capture at. 

Use Burn In

Whether to apply Burn In content to the capture (for example, scene data, time code, and take number).

Enable Texture Streaming

Whether Texture Streaming should be enabled while capturing.

Turning off Texture Streaming may cause much more memory to be used, but also reduces the chance of blurry textures in your captured video. 

Audio Output Format

Exporting audio as part of the render process is currently experimental as it relies on the experimental Audio Mixer feature. 

The Audio Output Format uses an experimental audio capture implementation which captures the final output from the Master Submix. This requires the new Audio Mixer (launched with the command line argument -audiomixer) and requires that your Sequence can be played back in real-time (when rendering is disabled). If the Sequence evaluation hitches, the audio will become desynchronized due to more time passing in real-time (platform time) than in the Sequence itself. 

When electing to render out a cinematic with the experimental audio bake down feature, a separate pass will be performed to specifically capture the audio. No video will appear in the preview window while the audio is being captured. 

Video Settings

The following Video Settings are available when choosing to render out a Video Sequence. 

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Property

Description

Use Compression

Whether to render out an uncompressed video or apply compression to reduce file size. 

Compression Quality

Level of Compression to apply between 1 (worst quality, best compression) and 100 (best quality, worst compression). 

Video Codec

Enables you to specify a specific video codec to use when rendering out your cinematic. 

Composition Graph Options

The following options are available when performing Custom Render Passes as the Image Output Format.

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Property

Description

Include Render Passes

A list of render passes to include in the capture. Leave this field empty to export all available passes.

Capture Frames in HDR

Whether to capture the frames as HDR textures (*.exr format). 

HDRCompression Quality

Compression Quality for HDR Frames (0 for no compression, 1 for default compression which can be slow) when Capture Frames in HDR is enabled.

Capture Gamut

The color gamut to use when storing HDR captured data and Capture Frames in HDR is enabled. 

The gamut depends on whether HDRCompression Quality is enabled. 

Post Processing Material

Whether to use a custom Post Processing Material for rendering. 

Disable Screen Percentage

Whether to disable Screen Percentage during rendering. 

Including Render Passes

When rendering out Custom Render Passes, you can render out all available passes or choose which passes you want to render.

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You can add multiple passes as part of the render, each of which will be displayed in the menu.

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Click the minus sign to remove any Passes you previously added. 

For more information, see Exporting Custom Render Passes

Image Settings

When rendering out an Image Sequence as the Image Output Format, Image Settings may be available.

Image Sequence (EXR)

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Property

Description

Compressed

Whether to write out compressed or uncompressed EXRs.

Capture Gamut

The color gamut to use when storing HDR captured data.

Image Sequence (JPG or PNG)

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Property

Description

Compression Quality

Level of Compression to apply to the image, between 1 (worst quality, best compression) and 100 (best quality, worst compression).

General Settings

The following options are available under the General section regardless of the type of rendered output. 

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Property

Description

Output Directory

The directory to output the captured file(s) in. 

Filename Format

The format to use for the resulting filename. Extensions will be added automatically. Any tokens of the form {token} will be replaced with the corresponding value. 

Game Mode Override

Optional Game Mode to override the map's default game mode with. This is useful if the game's normal mode displays UI elements or loading screens that you don't want captured. 

Overwrite Existing

Whether to overwrite existing files. 

Use Relative Frame Numbers

If frame numbers in the output files should be relative to zero, rather than the actual frame numbers in the originating animation content. 

Zero Pad Frame Numbers

How much to zero-pad frame numbers on filenames (4 results in 0000 followed by the file name). 

Use Separate Process

Whether to capture the movie in a separate process where a standalone version of the Editor will open to process capturing. 

Close Editor when Capture Starts

When enabled, the Editor will shutdown when the capture starts.

Use Separate Process must be enabled for this option. 

Additional Command Line Arguments

Additional command line arguments to pass to the external process when capturing. 

Use Separate Process must be enabled for this option. 

Inherited Command Line Arguments

The command line arguments that are inherited from this process. 

Use Separate Process must be enabled for this option. 

Filename Format Tokens

The following Tokens can be added to the Filename Format option to process your file's naming convention. 

Token

Description

{fps}

The captured frame rate.

{frame}

The current frame number (only relevant for image sequences). 

{width}

The width of the captured frames.

{height}

The height of the captured frames.

{world}

The name of the current world.

{quality}

The image compression quality setting. 

{material}

The material/render pass. 

{shot}

The name of the Level Sequence Asset Shot being played. 

{camera}

The name of the current Camera. 

Sequence Settings

The Sequence section provides the following options as part of the render process.

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Property

Description

Write Edit Decision List

Whether to write Edit Decision Lists (EDLs) if the Sequence contains Shots.

See the Importing & Exporting Edit Decision Lists page for more information. 

Write Final Cut Pro XML

Whether to write Final Cut Pro XML files (XMLs) if the Sequence contains Shots. 

Handle Frames

The number of Frame Handles to include for each Shot. These extra frames pad each Shot and are cut into and out of by the EDL (or XML) files, which can be used in your external video editing package to adjust the cuts between Shots.

Cinematic Settings

The following settings can be used to define how your cinematic plays during capture. 

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Property

Description

Cinematic Engine Scalability

Whether to enable the Cinematic Engine Scalability Settings. 

Cinematic Mode

Whether to enable Cinematic Mode while capturing. 

Allow Movement

Whether to allow Player movement while capturing.

Requires Cinematic Mode to be enabled. 

Allow Turning

Whether to allow Player rotation while capturing. 

Requires Cinematic Mode to be enabled. 

Show Player

Whether to show the local Player while capturing. 

Requires Cinematic Mode to be enabled. 

Show HUD

Whether to show the in-game HUD while capturing. This setting does not apply to UMG based HUD elements and refers to the HUD class based Blueprints. 

Requires Cinematic Mode to be enabled.

Animation Settings

The following options define the Animation settings used during capture: 

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Property

Description

Use Custom Start Frame

When enabled, the Start Frame setting will override the default starting Frame Number. 

Start Frame

Time field which takes timecode, frame and seconds formats.

This value is used when Use Custom Start Frame is enabled. 

Use Custom End Frame

When enabled, the End Frame setting will override the default ending Frame Number. 

End Frame

Time field which takes timecode, frame and seconds formats.

This value is used when Use Custom End Frame is enabled. 

Warm Up Frame Count

The number of extra frames to play before the Sequence's Start Frame, to "warm up" the animation. This is useful if your animation contains particles or other run-time effects that are spawned into the scene earlier than your capture Start Frame. 

Delay Before Warm Up

The number of seconds to wait (in real-time) before we start playing back the warm up frames.

This is useful for enabling Post Processing effects to settle down before capturing the animation.

Delay Before Shot Warm Up

The number of seconds to wait (in real-time) at Shot boundaries.

This is useful for enabling Post Processing effects to settle down before capturing the animation.