OccluderInstance3D

Inherits: Node3D < Node < Object

Provides occlusion culling for 3D nodes, which improves performance in closed areas.

Description

Occlusion culling can improve rendering performance in closed/semi-open areas by hiding geometry that is occluded by other objects.

The occlusion culling system is mostly static. OccluderInstance3Ds can be moved or hidden at run-time, but doing so will trigger a background recomputation that can take several frames. It is recommended to only move OccluderInstance3Ds sporadically (e.g. for procedural generation purposes), rather than doing so every frame.

The occlusion culling system works by rendering the occluders on the CPU in parallel using Embree, drawing the result to a low-resolution buffer then using this to cull 3D nodes individually. In the 3D editor, you can preview the occlusion culling buffer by choosing Perspective > Debug Advanced... > Occlusion Culling Buffer in the top-left corner of the 3D viewport. The occlusion culling buffer quality can be adjusted in the Project Settings.

Baking: Select an OccluderInstance3D node, then use the Bake Occluders button at the top of the 3D editor. Only opaque materials will be taken into account; transparent materials (alpha-blended or alpha-tested) will be ignored by the occluder generation.

Note: Occlusion culling is only effective if ProjectSettings.rendering/occlusion_culling/use_occlusion_culling is true. Enabling occlusion culling has a cost on the CPU. Only enable occlusion culling if you actually plan to use it. Large open scenes with few or no objects blocking the view will generally not benefit much from occlusion culling. Large open scenes generally benefit more from mesh LOD and visibility ranges (GeometryInstance3D.visibility_range_begin and GeometryInstance3D.visibility_range_end) compared to occlusion culling.

Properties

int

bake_mask

4294967295

float

bake_simplification_distance

0.1

Occluder3D

occluder

Methods

bool

get_bake_mask_value ( int layer_number ) const

void

set_bake_mask_value ( int layer_number, bool value )

Property Descriptions

  • int bake_mask

Default

4294967295

Setter

set_bake_mask(value)

Getter

get_bake_mask()

The visual layers to account for when baking for occluders. Only MeshInstance3Ds whose VisualInstance3D.layers match with this bake_mask will be included in the generated occluder mesh. By default, all objects are taken into account for the occluder baking.

To improve performance and avoid artifacts, it is recommended to exclude dynamic objects, small objects and fixtures from the baking process by moving them to a separate visual layer and excluding this layer in bake_mask.


  • float bake_simplification_distance

Default

0.1

Setter

set_bake_simplification_distance(value)

Getter

get_bake_simplification_distance()

The simplification distance to use for simplifying the generated occluder polygon (in 3D units). Higher values result in a less detailed occluder mesh, which improves performance but reduces culling accuracy.

The occluder geometry is rendered on the CPU, so it is important to keep its geometry as simple as possible. Since the buffer is rendered at a low resolution, less detailed occluder meshes generally still work well. The default value is fairly aggressive, so you may have to decrase it if you run into false negatives (objects being occluded even though they are visible by the camera). A value of 0.01 will act conservatively, and will keep geometry perceptually unaffected in the occlusion culling buffer. Depending on the scene, a value of 0.01 may still simplify the mesh noticeably compared to disabling simplification entirely.

Setting this to 0.0 disables simplification entirely, but vertices in the exact same position will still be merged. The mesh will also be re-indexed to reduce both the number of vertices and indices.

Note: This uses the meshoptimizer library under the hood, similar to LOD generation.


Setter

set_occluder(value)

Getter

get_occluder()

The occluder resource for this OccluderInstance3D. You can generate an occluder resource by selecting an OccluderInstance3D node then using the Bake Occluders button at the top of the editor.

You can also draw your own 2D occluder polygon by adding a new PolygonOccluder3D resource to the occluder property in the inspector.

Alternatively, you can select a primitive occluder to use: QuadOccluder3D, BoxOccluder3D or SphereOccluder3D.

Method Descriptions

  • bool get_bake_mask_value ( int layer_number ) const

Returns whether or not the specified layer of the bake_mask is enabled, given a layer_number between 1 and 32.


  • void set_bake_mask_value ( int layer_number, bool value )

Based on value, enables or disables the specified layer in the bake_mask, given a layer_number between 1 and 32.