Non real time rendering?

Is it possible to render in non real time to be able to use high-poly models and highest-quality settings including antialiasing, transparency, translucency, raytracing, GI, displacement mapping, etc. In other words, all of the features found in other, high-end rendering engines?

Yep! movie render Queue. I’ll assume you come from a non-unreal background? Because the engine can solve most if not all of those things in real-time anyways.

Hey there @JKMoGraph! Welcome to the community! As J said, Unreal has a whole suite dedicated to putting out renders that aren’t real time. Here’s a couple of great resources to help get you started! The docs are a bit dated but still (mostly) accurate.

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Thank you for posting that @SupportiveEntity ! I’d like to add a bit to that for some of the features UE supports that other renderers do not.

Nanite mesh rendering supports literally unlimited geometric detail in real-time for most objects, with exceptions for translucency and skeletal meshes. Combine that with lumen GI and reflections, and you can get a really robust WYSIWYG editor experience, so you get a pretty good idea of what your final shot will look like. The Movie Render Queue really just lets one push the real-time settings higher in quality, including higher sample counts, resolutions, and improved image stability.

And then there’s the path-tracer, which you’ll find is pretty similar to Arnold or any other offline renderer. The advantage UE provides is that lumen can allow you to do extremely rapid real-time VisDev, and you can use the path-tracer for your final plate.

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