Unreal Engine

Overview

The NVIDIA Omniverse™ Unreal Engine Connector offer a simple toolkit for Unreal users to send and live sync their model data to an Omniverse Nucleus server. This not only gives creators users a first class renderer through Omniverse View or Omniverse Create but also the ability to open, edit and sync with any of the Omniverse Connect applications. Now, depending on the use case, creators can choose the workflows and pipelines that work best for their needs while maintaining up to date revisions for all downstream consumers of their work.

The Omniverse Unreal Engine Connector plugins are an excellent way to export scene, geometry, and material content to USD and Omniverse. The MDL (Material Definition Language) plugin’s material export unlocks access to using Unreal Engine’s industry-leading material editor as one of the easiest and quickest ways to author MDL materials. Artists can use Unreal Engine’s terrain and landscape editor, and with one click can export geometry and materials straight to Omniverse, stored as a USD mesh. The plugins also support USD and MDL importing as well as live-editing of meshes, materials, and stages.

Introduction (Video)

Supported Versions

The Omniverse Unreal Engine Connector works in the following Windows versions of Unreal Editor:

  • 4.27

  • 5.0

  • 5.1

Important

Currently, there are no versions of this Connector available for Linux.

USD and MDL in Unreal Engine

USD assets are used by Omniverse USD Actors, just like a Static Mesh is used by a Static Mesh Actor. MDL assets are at first identified with this Omniverse MDL icon. Once they are imported they are represented by an Unreal Material asset icon.

Note that red folders and USD/MDL assets with a lock on them identify read-only files that are located on an Omniverse Nucleus mount.

Omniverse USD and MDL asset icons

Assets Loading and Caching

Assets are not actually loaded and converted from Omniverse until they are used. Once loaded, the converted Unreal assets, such as textures, materials, are cached on disks. And they will be updated when necessary. Note that the Content Browser displays USD and MDL files inside the project’s /Content/Omniverse folder, but those files do not exist on disk. As assets are loaded, intermediate Unreal assets are saved to those locations, but the are purely intermediate and only aid in reload times. Do not create assets within the /Content/Omniverse folder as they could be removed from disk when these folders are cleaned.

A Note about the Epic Games USDImporter Plugin

In version 102.1 of the Omniverse USD Plugins the USD library was modified with prefixed library names to allow the Epic USD plugins to run together with the Omniverse plugins. Note that some export functionality (File : Export : .usd) may be impacted due to the registration order of UExporter extensions.