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  • (39) Rama's Extra Blueprint Nodes for You as a Plugin, No C++ Required!

    Dear Community,

    I've decided to create my own C++ Blueprint Function Library of any functions that I've written that think you will find useful!

    A Blueprint Function Library is a set of blueprint nodes that you can access from any blueprint, any time!

    These are functions you can call from AnimBlueprints, Character blueprints, level blueprints, anywhere!

    Because this is a plugin, you dont have to do any code compiling and can use my BP nodes in a content-only project!

    ~~~

    Download Links

    You can a list of the most recent download links to different UE4 engine versions here!

    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...l=1#post746677

    ~~~

    Github Repository

    If you'd like to contribute code to my Victory Plugin you can do so here!

    Github Link
    https://github.com/EverNewJoy/VictoryPlugin

    ~~~

    Download Link

    Epic Wiki Link
    https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Rama%2...lugin_Download

    Just get the most recent version

    ~~~

    Entire Source Code For You!

    I am including the entire source code for the plugin and the actual nodes in the download!



    Rama

    ~~~

    Victory BP Library Copyright Permissions

    Originally posted by DennisSoemers View Post
    Hey Rama, a quick question. Is the code included in the download completely free to use for any and all purposes? I don't believe it contains any document that describes permissions as to what it's allowed to be used for? And yes, I realize touching the code is not strictly necessary, but in some cases I would prefer to just use the C++ code directly instead of the blueprints.
    Yes the code is free to use anywhere you want!

    I only request that you mention me in the credits for your game in the way that feels most appropriate to you, thereby honoring my contributions.

    I prefer to be mentioned as simply "Rama"



    Rama

    ~~~

    Video Installation Instructions

    Video Guide to Installing Victory Plugin

    By Sahkan


    Here's a guide to installing my Victory Plugin, thanks for making it Sahkan!




    ~~~

    Update:

    Blueprint Nodes Now Work in Shipping Builds

    Special thanks to Lion for sending me an updated version of my plugin code that works with shipping builds!

    The vertex editor mode is still there, but the BP Nodes portion is a separate module now and will compile when my nodes are included in a packaged game.

    thanks Lion!

    ~~~

    Newest Nodes!

    Get Controller ID ~ takes in player controller and gives the ULocalPlayer's ControllerID

    Get Player State PlayerID ~ returns the replicated unique PlayerID for the supplied Player Controller!

    Get Current Operating System Time ~ Retrieve your local current time, milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, day, month, year!

    Get Time Since Previous Recorded Time ~ Retrieve the difference in time since your chosen previous time! You can record down to the sub-millisecond level, and up to hours!

    Get Difference Between Any Two Times ~ With this node you can compare any two times that you've recorded using my node above!

    You can store as many moments in time as you want using my above node, the time is recorded as string that I can parse back into actual DateTime struct data!


    Get Supported Screen Resolutions for End User's Current Display Adapter
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post26535

    Get Current OS Platform (Win,Mac,Linux,PS4,XboxOne,Android,iOs,HTML5, etc)
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post59742

    ~~~

    Video of my BP Rag Doll System With Follow Camera

    Included in these BP nodes is a set of nodes to enable you to activate/deactivate ragdoll any time you want, WITH a built-in follow camera during ragdoll!

    Here is a video of exactly what I am providing in these nodes, I used these nodes to make the video.



    ~~~

    Pictures

    Here are some pics of a few of the nodes I am giving you below!

    Get Recently Rendered / Not Rendered Actors
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    Get Character Bone Current Locations
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    Trace for Closest Socket
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    Victory Ragdoll System, Including Follow Camera
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    Trace Data With Skeletal Mesh
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    5 More Pictures, Enjoy!
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post26153


    ~~~

    Installation


    1. put the .zip contents in a folder in your main directory where your .uproject is, called "Plugins" (name most be precise)

    2. open editor and go to window->plugins

    3. make sure my Victory Plugin is checked off as being active

    4. restart editor

    5. go to a blueprint, turn off context sensitive, look up "Victory" and you should see a lot of new blueprint nodes / functions!



    6. If you want to use the vertex snapping feature as well, please see installation instructions here:

    https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Rama%2...n#Installation

    ~~~

    Current List of Functions (48 Nodes Total)



    ~~~ Recently Added ~~~


    ~~~ Frame Rate / Graphics Options ~~~

    Set Max Frame Rate

    Set Frame Rate To Be Unbound!



    4 New Nodes

    Max of Float Array

    Max of Int Array

    Min of Float Array

    Min of Int Array


    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post77775

    ~~~

    Get Current Operating System Time
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post65910

    Get Time Since Previous Record Timed
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post65910

    Get Difference Between Any Two Recorded OS Times
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post65920


    Get Supported Screen Resolutions for End User's Current Display Adapter
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post26535

    Combine Strings ~ Combine two strings with optional separator and labels
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post26535

    Clone Static Mesh Actor (during game time)
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post26262

    Teleport Actor to Actor
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...ll=1#post25769


    ~~~ File IO ~~~

    ~ SaveStringTextToFile - Save human-readable text to a file of your choosing.



    ~~~ ViewPort & Mouse Cursor ~~~

    The Set/Get Mouse Position nodes work directly with the player's viewport, and do not require access to the HUD canvas.

    ~ Set Mouse Position - SET the mouse position to any values of your choosing!
    ~ Get Mouse Position - Get the current mouse position, will be consistent with results of SET Mouse Position

    ~ Get Center Of Viewport - Obtain the coordinates of the center of the viewport! Works in PIE as well as standalone game instances

    ~~~

    ~~~ Traces ~~~

    TraceData - Calculates the Start and End for a new Trace for use with any trace node of your choosing!

    ~ TraceData Get Trace Data From Character Socket - You pick the rotation, and only need to supply the actor (really a character, but casted internally for your convenience), and a socket name, and a trace length. Optionally you can draw the trace data as a thick 3D line so you can visualize what the actual trace will do

    ~ TraceData Get TraceData From Skeletal Mesh Socket - You pick the rotation, and only need to supply the Skeletal Mesh Component, a socket name, and a trace length. Optionally you can draw the trace data as a thick 3D line so you can visualize what the actual trace will do


    ~ Trace For Character Mesh, Closest Bone Pass in just 3 simple variables, Trace Start, Trace End, and the Trace Owner. Get Back: Hit Location, Hit Normal, Name of Closest Bone to the impact, the location of that Bone, and the Actor/Character that was hit.

    ~ Trace For Character Mesh, Closest Socket: Pass in just 3 simple variables, Trace Start, Trace End, and the Trace Owner. Get Back: Hit Location, Hit Normal, Name of Closest Socket to the impact, the location of that Socket, and the Actor/Character that was hit.


    ~ Get Character's Mesh Component Retrieve the Mesh component of a character, IsValid let's you know whether the return value is valid or not, so do a branch to check

    ~ Get Bone Locations Returns an array of all the bone locations on the Character. The Character's Mesh component must be valid for this to work. Returns false if the operation could not occur.


    ~~~ Closest Point to Source Point Calculation ~~~

    ~ Closest Point to Source Point : Takes in an array of points and finds which one was closest to the source point. Returns: what the minimum distance was, as well as the vector that was closest to Source.


    ~~~ Rendering ~~~


    ~ Freeze Game Render

    ~ UnFreeze Game Render

    ~ Game Window is the Foreground window in the OS: - works in PIE and Standalone game instances

    You can combine the above to freeze the game render whenever the game window is not the foreground in the OS !

    ~ Get Array of Currently Rendered Actors - Retrieve array for use with foreach loop, iterating over all currently rendered actors. You can choose what time interval is recent enough, I default to 0.01 seconds.

    ~ Get Array of Currently NOT Rendered Actors Detailed Info and Pics[/URL])
    - Retrieve array for use with foreach loop, iterating over all currently NOT rendered actors. You can choose what time interval is recent enough, I default to 0.01 seconds.


    ~~~ Aim Offsets ~~~


    ~ Aim Offsets, For Use With Blend Spaces in probable range of -90,90 to 90,90

    ~ GetAimOffsets - Original Inspiration for this BP Library, This is a Blueprint version of the same core c++ code as Shootergame uses. With this function you can create a blendspace using 9 animations for the nine directions to create an equivalent of the UE3 Aim Node. You plug the results of this function straight into your Aim Blendspace. See Shootergame example for exact details.

    ~ GetAimOffsetsFromRotation - Instead of assuming you want to get the character's aim based on the controller, you can use this version to supply the rotation in world space that you want the character to aim to.


    ~~~ 3D Drawing ~~~


    ~ Drawing 3D Lines of Chosen Thickness


    ~ Thick3DLineBetweenActors - Draw a 3D line of your chosen thickness and duration between two Actors! You can use the BP color pick to pick line color!

    ~ Thick3DLineFromCharacterSocket - Draw a 3D line of your chosen thickness and duration from a specified Character Mesh Socket to your chosen destination. You can use the BP color pick to pick line color!

    ~ Thick3DLineFromSocket - Same as above, but you can use any mesh of your choosing.


    ~~~ Misc ~~

    ~ Get Object/Actor Name As String - Get the name of any actor, component, or anything at all, as a String.

    Identify whether game logic is running in Editor,PIE,or Game World!

    [B]~ Set Scene Component Mobility

    Convenience
    ~ GetControllerRotation - Get the Character's controller's rotation, fast way to get PlayerController or AIController rotation!

    Conversions

    ~ RotatorToVector
    ~ VectorToRotator



    ~~~ Misc 2: Colors and Math ~~~


    ~ Change Hue

    ~ Change Saturation

    ~ Get Float As String With Precision - Get a float as a string with your chosen precision, the re-precisioned float is rounded appropriately. Enjoy!

    ~ GetSocketLocalTransform - Accessor to this c++ function for your convenience, enjoy


    ~~~ My Fully Toggle-able Ragdoll Physics System ~~~


    Below is the entire graph using my nodes to toggle ragdoll physics mode with the press of a button, while also causing the camera to stay up to date with the position of the ragdoll as it flies around!

    See video above!

    ~ Initialize Victory Rag Doll - you need to have two variables in your blueprint to store the output of this node. Note that you only call this node ONCE. If you call while character is in ragdoll it will not work correctly So I call this at game start with EventReceiveBeginPlay. The output is in relative Character space, not world space so once it is obtained once it is always correct.

    ~ Is In Rag Doll - Very useful for creating a Rag doll toggle system

    ~ Enter Rag Doll - The supplied actor is converted to a Character for your convenience, returns false if operation could not occur. Checks whether the character has a physics asset for you.

    ~ Leave Rag Doll - Here is where you use the output from Initialize Victory Rag Doll to restore the character to proper orientation. This part took me a while to figure out!

    ~ Update Character Camera - My gift to you, causes the camera to stay up to date with the ragdoll as it moves around, but does so SMOOTHLY. Took me a while to get this just right. You can adjust the interpolation speed / how fast the camera keeps up with the ragdoll. The offset determines how high above the ragdoll the camera tries to stay.
    Last edited by Rama; 08-07-2017, 12:39 AM.
    100+ UE4 C++ Tutorials on the UE4 Code Wiki, including UE4 Multi-Threading!

    UE4 Marketplace: Melee Weapon Plugin & Compressed Binary Save System Plugin | Rama's C++ AI Jumping Videos | Vertex Snap Editor Plugin

    Visit www.ue4code.com to see lots of videos about my C++ Creations! ♥ Rama

  • #2
    Wow good work! I didnt even know we could provide a Blueprint library. Where/How did you find out about this?
    Godz for UT '99 / UT 2003

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sandboxgod View Post
      Wow good work! I didnt even know we could provide a Blueprint library. Where/How did you find out about this?
      Nick Whiting told me about it back in the Beta!

      It's super useful and let's you share nodes with others, or have a set of global BP nodes for use in your own project!

      ~~~

      Wiki tutorial on Blueprint Node Library

      https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Bluepr...re_With_Others



      Rama
      100+ UE4 C++ Tutorials on the UE4 Code Wiki, including UE4 Multi-Threading!

      UE4 Marketplace: Melee Weapon Plugin & Compressed Binary Save System Plugin | Rama's C++ AI Jumping Videos | Vertex Snap Editor Plugin

      Visit www.ue4code.com to see lots of videos about my C++ Creations! ♥ Rama

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      • #4
        Thanks Rama!

        Always enjoy your many community contributions

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Zurael View Post
          Thanks Rama!

          Always enjoy your many community contributions
          Hee hee!



          Rama
          100+ UE4 C++ Tutorials on the UE4 Code Wiki, including UE4 Multi-Threading!

          UE4 Marketplace: Melee Weapon Plugin & Compressed Binary Save System Plugin | Rama's C++ AI Jumping Videos | Vertex Snap Editor Plugin

          Visit www.ue4code.com to see lots of videos about my C++ Creations! ♥ Rama

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          • #6
            Awesome! Looking forward to more!
            Map Generator 1.0
            Map Generator 2.0
            Map Generator 3.0

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            • #7
              Can this help me with making some kind of blending between ragdoll and some animations? Like you can see on this video here( Watch after 0:30) :

              Last edited by Alex3d; 04-30-2014, 09:23 AM.
              BASIC version can also be bought on Marketplace.
              PRO version can be bought on my site only.
              www.3dalex.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Zeustiak View Post
                Awesome! Looking forward to more!
                Hee hee!

                Originally posted by Alex3d View Post
                Can this help me with making some kind of blending between ragdoll and some animations? Like you can see on this video here( Watch after 0:30)
                Um, it looks the same as my video, as far as I can tell.

                From animation state the character is blending into ragdoll, but never blending out, only restarting.

                So that would mean the answer is "Yes!"

                Great to hear from you Alex3D!

                Rama
                100+ UE4 C++ Tutorials on the UE4 Code Wiki, including UE4 Multi-Threading!

                UE4 Marketplace: Melee Weapon Plugin & Compressed Binary Save System Plugin | Rama's C++ AI Jumping Videos | Vertex Snap Editor Plugin

                Visit www.ue4code.com to see lots of videos about my C++ Creations! ♥ Rama

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rama View Post
                  Hee hee!



                  Um, it looks the same as my video, as far as I can tell.

                  From animation state the character is blending into ragdoll, but never blending out, only restarting.

                  So that would mean the answer is "Yes!"

                  Great to hear from you Alex3D!

                  Rama
                  Well, I guess you didn't spot the diferences. rsss On that video, the guy made when the character goes into ragdoll, it is a mix between ragdoll and animation. And this make it more realistic. Your video shows blending from animation into Ragdoll. But ragdoll alone is not that natural. So, if we could mix 50 % ragdoll with 50% animation, that would be better.
                  Take another look at the video. The guy shows Blending from animation to just radgoll, then he shows blending from animation to a mix of 50 % ragdoll with 50% animation.

                  Glad to be here.
                  BASIC version can also be bought on Marketplace.
                  PRO version can be bought on my site only.
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                  • #10
                    ooooh I see now, I did not get that far in the video!

                    Yea that's neat!

                    I will have to look into doing partial ragdoll more at some pt in future

                    Rama
                    100+ UE4 C++ Tutorials on the UE4 Code Wiki, including UE4 Multi-Threading!

                    UE4 Marketplace: Melee Weapon Plugin & Compressed Binary Save System Plugin | Rama's C++ AI Jumping Videos | Vertex Snap Editor Plugin

                    Visit www.ue4code.com to see lots of videos about my C++ Creations! ♥ Rama

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rama View Post
                      ooooh I see now, I did not get that far in the video!

                      Yea that's neat!

                      I will have to look into doing partial ragdoll more at some pt in future

                      Rama
                      Hello Rama,
                      So I am no coder...but I am learning Blueprint and wanted to ask you ..... do I need C++ in order to create a mix or blend between a Ragdoll/Animation setup or can it be done solely in Blueprint?

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                      • #12
                        Good to see your plugins back Rama! Are you going to recompile and reupload them for every new engine version in the future?
                        Thanks again for sharing!
                        FREE Color LUT Collection
                        FREE Physics Driven Spacecraft Project
                        GTA Style Vehicle Interaction
                        Dynamic DoF(Depth of Field)
                        Camera Crossfade
                        Portfolio

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                        • #13
                          Thanks a lot for sharing this Rama, this is very generous and awesome.

                          I'm glad Alex3D brought up Ragdoll Blending or whatever you want to call it(Procedural Animation?). That's a feature I've wanted since I saw some old video of Motionbuilder(Overgrowth is pretty cool too) doing it that added all kinds of subtle natural bounce to animations and proper foot placement much like IK does. If you decide to implement it, I'd request the ability to control the blend amount per bone. Lots of possibilities.

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                          • #14
                            This is so cool! Thanks so much for supporting the UE4 community!

                            If we're ever in the same city I'd love to buy you lunch!

                            Please feel free to private message me with your contact details.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Rama, nice set of functions. I am also working on a function library, but it isn't as complete as yours, my functions are more basic.

                              Originally posted by Mark Rein View Post
                              This is so cool! Thanks so much for supporting the UE4 community!

                              If we're ever in the same city I'd love to buy you lunch!

                              Please feel free to private message me with your contact details.
                              Oh so nice of you! I'm finding amazing how close the Epic team is getting to us, small developers. Even more amazing is to see Mark Rein and Tim around here, answering forum topics of little mortals like us

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