Unity 4.3 Essential Training
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Creating and transforming objects


Unity 4.3 Essential Training

with Adam Crespi

Video: Creating and transforming objects

Once we've created our project and a scene in that project, we can start I've snapped this plane up 90 degrees and I'll presswW to move it, pulling Zooming in, we can see now I have
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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 24s
  2. 21m 21s
    1. Designing the game
      4m 39s
    2. Setting the project
      4m 9s
    3. Exploring the Hierarchy, Scene, and Inspector windows
      5m 45s
    4. Creating and transforming objects
      6m 48s
  3. 21m 34s
    1. Organizing the Assets window
      2m 55s
    2. Exporting objects from 3D modeling programs
      8m 33s
    3. Importing and configuring models and textures
      4m 54s
    4. Setting properties for models and textures in the Inspector
      5m 12s
  4. 29m 8s
    1. Introducing the game environment
      4m 27s
    2. Placing the player controller
      4m 29s
    3. Publishing project settings
      5m 32s
    4. Adding sky and fog
      8m 17s
    5. Fine-tuning the First Person Controller
      6m 23s
  5. 57m 25s
    1. Creating the terrain geometry
      3m 29s
    2. Forming the topography
      9m 54s
    3. Painting the terrain textures
      7m 9s
    4. Painting trees and forests
      10m 55s
    5. Painting grass, shrubs, and 3D geometry
      9m 38s
    6. Painting detail meshes
      8m 46s
    7. Adjusting terrain settings
      7m 34s
  6. 39m 45s
    1. Creating materials and assigning shaders
      8m 56s
    2. Handling multiple materials
      7m 13s
    3. Adding textures to a material
      3m 57s
    4. Manipulating textures
      5m 20s
    5. Adding reflections to materials
      8m 1s
    6. Creating lit materials
      6m 18s
  7. 47m 12s
    1. Creating GameObjects
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding components
      6m 15s
    3. Using colliders for barriers
      6m 22s
    4. Using colliders for triggers
      8m 1s
    5. Exploring physics
      8m 22s
    6. Working with Physic materials
      5m 3s
    7. Adding joints to rigid bodies
      8m 7s
  8. 20m 33s
    1. Setting up prefabs for animation and batching
      5m 8s
    2. Animating an object
      6m 32s
    3. Adjusting timing in an animation
      3m 50s
    4. Animating transparency and lights
      5m 3s
  9. 11m 58s
    1. Importing skinned meshes
      4m 51s
    2. Separating animations into clips and states
      3m 14s
    3. Creating transitions between states
      3m 53s
  10. 30m 22s
    1. Customizing ambient light
      2m 59s
    2. Creating the sun using a directional light
      5m 49s
    3. Using layers and tags for lighting
      3m 32s
    4. Adding spot and point lights
      4m 25s
    5. Using point lights for fill
      4m 30s
    6. Adding and fine-tuning shadows
      5m 10s
    7. Creating lighting effects with cookies
      3m 57s
  11. 9m 15s
    1. Adding scripts to GameObjects
      2m 42s
    2. Using correct script syntax
      6m 33s
  12. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a 2D project
      3m 13s
    2. Importing sprites
      2m 30s
    3. Slicing in the Sprite Editor
      3m 6s
    4. Layering sprites and setting the sorting order
      5m 12s
    5. Creating 2D colliders
      3m 12s
    6. Adding 2D physics
      2m 25s
    7. Animating 2D elements
      3m 29s
  13. 30m 25s
    1. Creating light shafts and sunbeams
      5m 20s
    2. Using ambient occlusion to add gravity
      4m 37s
    3. Adding depth of field
      8m 40s
    4. Applying motion blur
      5m 46s
    5. Tuning color for mood
      6m 2s
  14. 38m 16s
    1. Exploring water effects
      7m 36s
    2. Working with wind zones
      2m 8s
    3. Using an audio source
      4m 3s
    4. Creating a sound zone
      5m 59s
    5. Triggering audio
      3m 37s
    6. Adding audio effects
      3m 13s
    7. Creating particle systems
      2m 26s
    8. Adjusting particle systems
      9m 14s
  15. 25m 23s
    1. Setting up occlusion culling
      5m 52s
    2. Enabling batching to reduce draw calls
      3m 28s
    3. Testing in the game window using statistics
      4m 27s
    4. Building a development build and debugging
      6m 0s
    5. Building the executable
      5m 36s
  16. 49s
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6h 49m Beginner Mar 10, 2014

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Interested in game making? Start in Unity—a game engine for mobile and desktop games and real-time simulations. Author Adam Crespi shows techniques used in game development with Unity and introduces the basics of scripting and game functionality. First, learn how to import models and textures, organize your project and hierarchies, and add terrain, water, and foliage. Next, Adam explores how to use lighting to bring the game to life, and add rendering, particles, and interactivity. The end result is a sample game with a lush environment, fully animated characters, and some basic interactive gameplay.

Topics include:
  • Designing the game
  • Creating and transforming objects
  • Importing and configuring models and textures
  • Setting properties in the Inspector
  • Creating the terrain geometry
  • Building materials and adding shaders
  • Creating GameObjects
  • Exploring physics
  • Animating objects
  • Lighting the scene
  • Creating 2D game elements
  • Adding special effects
3D + Animation Developer
Unity 3D Unity
Adam Crespi

Creating and transforming objects

Once we've created our project and a scene in that project, we can start making some simple pieces and moving, rotating and scaling them around to construct our game. I've opened up my 0204 start scene by double clicking on the icon in the assets folder. And there's the first person controller I put in as well as the main camera that's created as part of that scene. Now I'll make some simple objects and look at how to move, rotate and scale. I'll begin by choosing Game Object, Create Other and Plane.

We can see here there's a collection of simple primitives, lights, some game-specific things like GUI textures, and also audio and terrain objects. A lot of times we can get by with a simple primitive in our game. Often a lot of our colliders or simple things that restrict a player for example can be made of an in game primitive and don't have to be imported over from Maya for example. We'll do our lighting here in Game and we'll also put on our graphical user interface objects. I'll make a plane and there's my plane here in the scene view, actually somewhat above that first person controller.

For moving I'll press W, or click on the Move tool up on the top left in the UI. I can move this object around on one, two or three axes, depending on where I click on that Move tool. I'll start out by clicking and dragging down on the green y axis making sure that this plane sits below the first person controller so we don't fall through the endless space when we play our game. Alternately, clicking and dragging on one of the planes, such as xz here, allows us to slide an object around on that plane. Finally clicking and dragging in the middle can slide this object around in 3D if we'd like.

I'll duplicate an object by pressing Ctrl+D, and now there are two planes perfectly coincident. As a side note, for games, we need to make sure that things are not fighting on the z axis. What this means, in more technical terms, is that we need to avoid coplanar objects where the faces or polygons are perfectly overlapping. And they fight in z space as seen from the camera, each one jockeying to be on top and producing a flashing or winking effect in our game.

I'll rotate this second plane by pressing e for rotation and holding Ctrl to snap the rotation while I click drag on that red x rotation ring. I've snapped this plane up 90 degrees and I'll presswW to move it, pulling it up first on the z axis and then back on the green y. If you notice, my axes are set to the local axis here. I can change this by clicking on the local or global button on the top left of the user interface. The local axis of this object shows that it's been rotated 90 degrees.

The world y is up in Unity but this object has it's y off to the side because I rotated it. Now I'll snap these planes together. Pressing v as in Victor and clicking without dragging, to position that move tool where I'd like it, snapping to any one of the vertices in the scene. Then I'll snap these planes together and I have a light type connection. It's important to snap when you can. We should make as much effort as possible to have things be solved exactly. So that when the graphics card is drawing the objects in their light, it does not have to think about a hairline crack between objects that definitively, these two, well, boring squares are exactly put together and will not leak light through that corner.

To scale objects, press r for Scale. We can either scale as we can also move, by clicking and dragging here in the view over in the inspector in the transform section. I'll put the z for this plane at 0.5. Entering that in and pressing enter, and now this plane is half the size of the original. I'll press w to move once more, hold v for snap, and make sure that I click in the scene view, pressing f to focus in, and positioning that snap on the bottom left of that plane.

Then I'll snap it down onto the other, hold Shift to pick both and press f to focus once more. Zooming in, we can see now I have a shorter wall again with that light type connection. Objects in Unity are drawn single sided. If we spin around the back of these objects, we can see that they're invisible. And under the floor, it doesn't show anything at all. We need to make sure that when we model and bring things in, they're modeled correctly with the correct facing normals. Making sure everything is single sided ensures that we can keep our draw calls low.

If you'd like to switch around your view and be able to see different ways of shading, drop down under texture and choose wire frame or choose textured wire. This is the equivalent in Maya of smoothed plus edged faces, but it lets us see not only the wire of an object but how it's going to shade in that game. Lastly, we can configure our view to show the RGBAlpha whether its transparent or not and overdraw. At the moment this isn't too big of a deal. Its drawn in a dull red because there's just one object there.

When I start to stack more objects and overdraw, we'll see them get lighter and lighter reflecting how many things the game engine is looking through before we call them down. If we're dealing in textures, we can see our bitmaps or different texture resolutions. But at the moment with no textures applied, this isn't going to make much of a difference. I'll go back to RGB and there are my objects and my scene. I can move, rotate, and scale as I need. A final note on scaling. If we have a prefab meaning that it's title is shown here in blue, scaling that prefab creates a new object and will drastically increase the number of draw calls we're making.

Scaling a game object that's created in Unity, such as these planes doesn't affect the draw calls as drastically. So keep in mind where you use scale. Also from a design perspective, make sure that in simply scaling things to fit, you think about the sizes of objects you're going to need and craft them correctly. It's much better for the emission in gain for things to look like they're made to the right size instead of small objects simply blown up to fill space. To finish, I'll save the scene, choosing File > Save Scene.

This will save everything I've done in the scene, those 3 carefully positioned planes and any materials that are applied. The view of the scene however from the main camera, is saved with the project. So keep in mind that when you open up a scene, unless you've saved that project, you may see a slightly different view of the scene and you can always navigate around to frame in what you'd like.

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