At this point we’d practically expect Photo Mode in certain types of games. If you’re playing a fancy open-world or action game with exquisitely detailed graphics, it’s surprising that the developers have come up with a good way of capturing lush landscapes, a cool pose, or a wide freeze frame. method is not implemented. facial expression.
And even when games have their own photo modes, these proprietary versions can still have limitations. If you’re looking for a more multi-purpose Photo Mode tool, you’ll be happy to know that screenshotting aficionados have already invented it: Universal Unreal Unlocker, or “UUU.”
NS yuu mode Lets you trigger a free cam mode on a long list of Unreal Engine 4 games (more than 300 according to YuU’s creator), disable the HUD, and recreate the in-game console. Plus it adds a frame skip function. The result is a lot more freedom to capture the perfect moment—even during cutscenes, which are usually off-limits.
It’s also a ticket to stray from game environments that are either underestimated or missed entirely, such as the cyberpunk cities of The Ascent or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s iconic Imperial base.
I chatted with the UUU community on Discord to see their work and hear from some of the members. Tiotaev told me about the shot above, which he caught in Jedi: Fallen Order. “I wanted to capture that passive pose from Cal while he’s looking at the environment in the background, but I also wanted to add an ‘intruder element’ to the frame, like that starship in the upper left corner,” Teotev says.
“UUU was used here to remove some unwanted effects, for the free camera, to freeze the game at the correct time (after counting the seconds to trigger the idle animation and after the starship appears in the frame). for … and countless attempts) ) and for hotsampling.”
UUU was created by software developer and game modder Frans Bouma, AKA Otis_Inf, who has worked on Camera Mods for a while, but has always wanted to create something more universal.
He and a friend started creating Camera Unlocker for a few specific UE4 games, and then worked to make the code more generalized so that it would work in many of the titles made with the engine. Behold and behold, it worked, and Bauma has been able to keep up with Unreal Engine updates that would otherwise complicate things.
UUU also uses “hotsampling” to help you take more detailed photos without melting your GPU.
“The idea is that you compose a screenshot at a size that you can view on your monitor in windowed mode. Say 1920×1080. Then use software to resize the window to 7680×4320 (8K or whatever you want). Use, let the game resize, quickly capture the screenshot, then resize before your GPU explodes. The full window won’t fit your screen, but most capture software will still capture the full framebuffer. As long as you When resized to a resolution of the same aspect ratio, the screenshot should be “the higher the resolution than the one you composed,” said YUU community moderator Jim2Point0.
Several screenshots submitted by the UUU community show some level of hotsampling as well as using the transformation reshed.
Portrait shots of PC gaming’s most beloved characters are easy with the UUU tool. If a game supports any arbitrary resolution, you can resize your shot and get a high-resolution image without awkwardly rotating your camera or cropping on a distant shot.
Bouma just isn’t keeping pace with UE4. They also recently added a new lighting system that can add custom lighting in real-time. In this shot from Kena: Bridge of Spirits, he’s added two custom light sources that illuminate the heroine’s staff and face.
v4.1 beta with new custom light system (not 100% implemented but will be this weekend) is now available on my Patreon: https://t.co/aueLCSzEGa. Shot below with 2 custom lights. pic.twitter.com/x48qnO0qefSeptember 21, 2021
UUUsers also used the free cam functionality to dig deeper into parts of the game that the developers probably never wanted to see.
“There’s a moment on Ruiner in which the character gets into a kind of bike that must go lightspeed,” says Discord user SammirLlm. “The first time I was like ‘Dude this trail is definitely loong,’ but when I had to replay it and use yuuu on that scene, it turns out the bike isn’t moving, it’s the surroundings that are speeding up. And there’s a loop going on in a way so that you get this sense of momentum. To be honest, it was really fun to watch.”
Another recently added feature that screenshoters have been using is the Camera Path function. It lets you create a path for the camera to follow, much like a virtual camera dolly you’d see in professionally edited movie trailers. Watch the video below for an example using the Ascent’s main city hub.
And for modders who want to crank up the game beyond its stock settings, Yuuu re-enables each UE4 game’s console command function, sometimes requiring you to change the graphical settings set for Ultra Mode from the developers. Lets tweak even beyond.
Below is a gallery of additional screenshots from the YuU community submitted to PC Gamer.