By bringing together the worlds of game engines and geospatial, Cesium for Unreal enables the fusion of real world data with artistic capabilities in ways that haven’t been possible before. Take this project we recently saw by Rafael Amiri. He created a fully CGI wide angle landscape shot with an off-road car using Cesium for Unreal.
As a 3D artist, Rafael has created lots of vehicle imagery in the past, usually with a CGI car rendered over a photographed backplate. While in recent years it’s become more common to also create CGI models of architectural environments, creating fully CGI landscapes with a high visibility range is still challenging and rarely done, especially for still images.
For this project, Rafael wanted to place a car in Yosemite. He was working in Unreal Engine and had a 3D model of just El Capitan, so he planned to work around the technology limitations by building a very rough model of the surrounding landscape and framing the shot so as to hide most of the wider environment.
And then he discovered Cesium for Unreal.
“I’ve used geospatial 3D data before for visualizations but it involved numerous steps and different software tools to find, export, and integrate the required data into 3D visualization tools like Unreal. With Cesium this changed completely, and the way it is integrated in Unreal makes it very easy to use.”
Cesium for Unreal gave Rafael access to global imagery and Cesium World Terrain, providing an accurate background for the detailed models he had and enabling him to create a wide angle shot without resorting to tricks to hide the limitations of the environment. Here’s a visual step-by-step of his process:
As the metaverse advances, we expect to see creators in all areas use the breadth, variety, and precision of real world datasets to visualize things that do not now exist in the real world, whether that’s creating advertisements in difficult to visit locations, sets for film production, concept art for future developments, or new environments for games.
Start building your own creation with the global terrain, imagery, and buildings available with Cesium for Unreal.