Create. Iterate. Collaborate. In real time.
Unity brings real-time workflows to animation content creators – speeding up traditional pipelines and giving artists, producers, and directors more opportunities for creative freedom, fast feedback, and artistic iteration on a flexible platform. With Unity, real-time production is a reality.
Get more from your animation pipeline with Unity
A complete episode every week
The series creators at B. Water Studios show how they optimized their pipeline to deliver each episode faster and develop assets at scale – while reducing costs by nearly 40%.
The breakthrough speed of creative iteration
Go behind the scenes with the highly celebrated Oats Studio to see how the team produced a project in five months that would normally take close to a year using traditional rendering.
Real timesavers for every artist in the studio
Integrate with your DCCs of choice
Exchange models, animations, cameras, lighting, and FX between Unity and most digital content creation tools. With Alembic, USD, and FBX workflows, you can work in real-time with the same formats as your asset pipeline and use the right file for any job.
Render beautiful visuals
Cinematic shots are in reach, even in real time. Unity’s High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) puts professional lookdev and VFX tools in your artists’ hands, like physically based rendering, real-time ray tracing, visual shader creation, and next-level effects simulations.
Animate and edit with familiar toolsets
Control, experiment, and perfect how lights, cameras, and action come together in a scene. By orchestrating timing, angles, movements, and cues in real-time with the flexibility of Unity’s editing and sequencing tools, artists can bring their creations to life without coding.
Record final frames as fast as you watch them
You don’t have to wait for a render farm to deliver high-resolution video clips, validate image sequences, and easily generate multiple versions of your content. Get dailies out faster, shorten review cycles, or export for compositing, all with Unity’s lightning-fast recording tools.
Give your artists the tools to work in real-time
Unity for look development
Design any 2D or 3D look with our highly scriptable render pipeline and Shader Graph. Real-time rendering gives you faster feedback throughout lookdev, and changes you make to your assets will propagate instantly anytime in production. Render 4K resolution in milliseconds.
Unity for layout
Lay out your scene with richer context, responsive real-time lighting, and look dev to make more informed creative decisions. Increase productivity thanks to Unity's Timeline editing and Cinemachine camera features, plus smooth DCC interoperability with FBX and Alembic.
Unity for lighting and compositing
Change lighting effects throughout production with sophisticated features like volumetrics, along with built-in post-processing tools to grade colors in real-time and ensure perfect pixels. Turn dailies into work sessions - at near-finished quality - with faster iteration cycles.
Discover how Digital Monarch Media built virtual production and camera tools in Unity that helped directors like Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve make creative decisions in real-time.
“Working in Unity’s real-time engine allowed me to give feedback and visually see changes on the spot. This frees up time to focus on story or other aspects of production.”
“Production-wise, we dramatically reduced render time, which is now practically real-time. Unity also allowed us to streamline our workflow, reducing iterations and resources.”
“We can create lots of content quickly while retaining high quality owing to reduced render times and a shortened feedback cycle – we can show clients changes in real-time.”
“We learned as we went and at first it took a few weeks to get the environment to the quality we needed. Now we can create a full 11-minute episode every week!”
"I love the fact that I can touch every facet of audiovisual storytelling in one place, at the same time. The simplest way to describe working in Unity is pure creation.”?
“Unity’s greatest asset is giving creators the flexibility to explore ideas and visuals in the blink of an eye. It opens up a world where exploration and play result in a better product.”
“Unity is a dream. The flexibility in Unity enables savvy artists to realize ideas that would be logistically prohibitive in other engines.”
Watch a demonstration
See our film expert make a short film from scratch in under an hour.
Start small and learn at your own pace with our Learn Premium courses for any creator in your pipeline. From animation and rigging to how to work with a Timeline, all your artists and TDs can begin adding real-time production to their toolkits.
Professional film training workshops
This onsite, hands-on workshop taught by our certified Master Trainers guarantees your team will get ramped up and comfortable using Unity quickly, with session content tailored to your studio’s needs.
Real-time filmmaking, explained
One of the biggest differences in using a real-time workflow is that all departments are able to begin work immediately, simultaneously, and (most importantly) collaboratively.
Sherman animation project
Download this fully-loaded Unity project file to your high-end graphics-capable workstation, and learn how to set up your own multi-user episodic animation project in real-time. Get a sophisticated 3D environment with multiple characters (including one using our new fur shader), examples of how to structure your scenes, workflow tools, and full set-ups for lighting and post-processing in Unity.
Film project template
Download a film scene from Adam 2: The Mirror, and get started on creating your own film clip with Unity. In this lightweight project, you’ll find examples of motion-captured characters, Cinemachine cameras, and basic lighting and post-processing, set up and ready for your story.
The making of a scene
Get the low-down on how the Sherman animated Unity demo was made. Part 1 covers the short’s creation, animation blocking, lookdev, and camera layout. Part 2 explores using Alembic for character animations, Visual FX Graph, and the fur implementation. Part 3 teaches you everything you need to know to get started with real-time cinematic lighting.
Add real-time creation to your studio
Unity software licensing for animation studios
The world’s leading real-time 3D creation platform enables animation teams to be more productive together.
Unity Professional Services and support
Minimize downtime and leverage the Unity platform’s full potential with services optimized for your pipeline.
Unity Premium Learning and custom training
Get hands-on training for the artists in your studio from pre-production to final render, online or on-site.