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Matinee is a tool in UT200x which allows complex camera scenes to be scripted: level fly by, scripted sequences, cinematics etc.

Notes:

  • All the information here is based upon the XIIIEd. This editor uses unreal engine build 829. Things might be different in higher versions :/
  • I found Matinee to be very crash-sensitive. So while you're learning the basics it might crash a few times. I suggest you save often ;)

Introduction[edit]

Every level can have multiple (cut)scenes. Each scene is divided in several actions and each action can be divided in several subactions.

There are these possible actions:

ActionPause 
This will pause the camera or actor at the interpolation point or actor you set, for the time you set.
ActionMoveCamera 
This will move the camera/object from one interpolation point, or other actor, to another.

There are these possible subactions:

SubActionSceneSpeed 
Speed up or slow down camera movement speed.
SubActionGameSpeed 
Speed up or slow down game speed.
SubActionOrientation 
Changes the camera orientation.
SubActionFOV 
Changes the Field Of View.
SubActionTrigger 
Triggers an Event (I can't get this to work needs a more detailed explanation from an expert)
SubActionFade 
Fades the screen, in or out.

Simple Tutorial (flyby)[edit]

Open your level. Click the "Matinee" button in the toolbox (next to the Terrain Editing one). You'll get a new window and here is where it will all happen ;)

While in the "Scene"-tab, click "Add new Scene". The list below will now show a scene. Select the newly created scene by clicking on that scene in the list box.

Before we can add any usefull actions we'll need some Interpolation Points in the level. This is done with the use of the last tab, called "Tools". I add Interpolation Points like this:

  1. Activate the 3D-view.
  2. Move the camera to the "starting point" of the cutscene.
  3. Click "Add Interpolation Point". An Interpolation Point will be added at the exact postion and orientation as the camera is right now.
  4. Move to the next keypoint in the cutscene.
  5. Click "Add Interpolation Point".
  • ...

Once your Interpolation Points are in the level, you need to go to the "Actions" tab. Click "Add New Action" and you'll be given a choice between ActionPause and ActionMoveCamera. Choose ActionMoveCamera and an Action should be added to the list. If not then make sure that the scene is selected (in the Scenes-tab). Select the newly created Action. Open the "MatAction"-subsection of its properties. Now you need to select the first Interpolation Point of your scene in a 2D-view. Once selected, select IntPoint in the Action's Properties and click Use. Seeing as this is the first Action, you don't need to change any of the other properties. Do check that the Duration (under Time) is set to 0.

Now add another ActionMoveCamera Action. In its IntPoint property set the second Interpolation Point and a line should appear between the first Point and the second. Under Time->Duration you need to set how long it should take to go from point1 to point2. Make SURE it's set to something other than 0 because otherwise the editor will crash when you preview it. Under Path you might want to change the PathStyle from Linear to Bezier (the line will change to a curve). This will allow you to smooth the flyby by moving the two control-points (those two big white circles) around.

Now you should continue adding new actions until every Interpolation Point you added is covered.

After that is done, you can click the "Open a Preview Window" button. Click "Play Forwards" to view your newly created flyby. If you did it all correctly :)

Now if you want the cutscene to be seen ingame, you'll need to add a trigger which simply triggers the cutscene.

This explains the very basics of Matinee.

Detail[edit]

Now we'll explain everything in more detail. We'll go over each tab in great details.

Scene[edit]

The Scene tab

Here you create every scene you'll have in your level.

The buttons allow you to create a new scene, duplicate an existing scene, delete a scene and open a preview window.

New Scene 
Create a new blank scene in your level.
Duplicate Scene 
Duplicates the selected scene so there is an exact copy of it.
Delete Scene 
Delete the select scene from the level. (Note: There is no confirmation for this action, so be carefull not to press this button by accident ;))
Open a Preview Window 
Open a new window which allows you to preview your matinee-scenes.

In this tab you can also set some properties for each scene individually. These settings can be found in the SceneManager subsection.

Actions 
This allows you the manage all the actions in this scene, but I find it easier to manage the actions trough the Actions-tab.
Affect 
Here you have two options
AFFECT_ViewportCamera 
This is for your standard flyby. The camera will move along the path of this scene.
AFFECT_Actor 
With this you can have a mesh in your level follow the path of this scene.
AffectActor 
If the Affect-tag is set to AFFECT_Actor, then you can set which actor is affected with this tag. The actor which you want to follow the path must have "bStatic=False"! Also the object/actor seems to lose its collision once it starts moving :(
bCinematicView 
When set to true, the screen will be cinematicview, as in widescreen.
bLooping 
When set true, the scene will loop. However it seemed to crash the game when I tried it.

Action[edit]

The Action tab
  • to come*

ActionPause[edit]

ActionMoveCamera[edit]

SubAction[edit]

The SubAction tab
  • to come*

SubActionSceneSpeed[edit]

SubActionGameSpeed[edit]

SubActionOrientation[edit]

SubActionFOV[edit]

SubActionTrigger[edit]

SubActionFade[edit]

Tools[edit]

The Tools tab

Add Interpolation Point[edit]

If a 2D-view is active and you push this button, then an Interpolation Point will be added at the center of the view. On the other hand if the 3D-view is active and you push the button, then an Interpolation Point will be added at the exact same position and orientation as the camera is in the 3D-view.

Add LookTarget[edit]

If you want the camera to look at something which isn't really an actor, then you can use these. Simply add them where you want the camera to look at and use these actors in the LookAt-tag of the SubAction. For the addition of these actors, the same rules apply as with the Interpolation Point.

Related Topics[edit]

Discussion[edit]

ToDo[edit]

  • Explain the subactions.
  • Explain ActionPause.
  • ...

I've found a german tutorial for another matinee-tool: http://unrealed.planet-multiplayer.de/index.php?P=tutorial&D=2-matinee-tool-1 but it's not working at all :(

ProjectX: He he, whenever i add a subaction UED crashes, i think i'm public enemy #1 with the UED Goblin, lol, i have so many crashes. Also, is there a way to set it that the matinee plays when you load the level, cos when i load my level, it just starts at the player starts.

UPDATE- To cause a movie to be played at the start of the level, set the player start's event to the name of the scene.


Update for UT2003 v2225

Foxpaw: As far as I can tell, Matinee is no different in UT2003 than it was in XIIIEd, with the exception of an additional tool button that automatically adds an action for you instead of you having to add one separately after clicking add interpolation point, so the Category:Legacy To Do should maybe just be changed to a Category:Legacy Refactor Me.

Interpolation Points – is that an InterpolationPoint actor? if so, plase link – no, I meant in the actual article above! and don't pipe it – if it's the name of a class, it should appear as it does in script!

MadNad I've heard rumors that someone had this working online??? Any truth to that?

DaveA Define 'this'. Do you mean this: www.unrealroc.com ?


Pegasus: This issue fix pertains to UnrealEd 3 (Build_2005...), but might apply to other/older proximal versions. Copying a scene's necessary assets (as in the SceneManager and its associated InterpolationPoint actors placed within the map) across different versions of a map can very easily cause UEd to crash. Reviewing the Editor's log after such a group of assets has just been pasted into a freshly opened, different version of the same map shows the problem has to do with the "myLevel.myLevel." double reference within the pasted SceneManager's subobjects, and any subsequent attempt to highlight said Scene in UEd's special Matinee window will result in a crash; reviewing the same pasted actor's properties via the standard method (F4) will show all its Actions being listed as None.

The solution here is introducing an intermediate step between the copying from the original map in UEd and pasting again in the target one, whereby the group of aforementioned actors are first pasted into any kind of (plain)text editor, the string "myLevel.myLevel." is searched for and replaced everywhere with just "myLevel." and then the entire, corrected text block is recopied and pasted in UEd to the desired map. That way everything works as it should.


Category:Legacy To Do – Refactor?