View Full Version : question about light prepass and msaa

Keith Z. Leonard
09-30-2009, 10:30 PM
Hey all, I am working on a light pre-pass renderer in gl 2.x currently and have some issues with MSAA.

Near as I can figure it, I only really have a couple of choices.

1. only msaa the forward pass, which means I don't gain early Z rejection from my pre-pass, as they have to use different depth buffers.

2. do 3 passes
pass 1 - burn depth only to msaa buffer
- resolve depth to prepass FBO
pass 2 - g buffer pre pass
pass 3 - forward pass using pass 1 depth buffer.

Any other ways I could go here?

thanks for any input.

10-08-2009, 03:08 AM
To the best of my knowledge, the only way to get "proper" MSAA with a light prepass renderer is to render and average the lighting using per-sample data. So you would need access to the samples for your normal and depth buffers.

Insomniac games vaguely covers their implementation in the article on their "prelighting" system:

Dark Photon
10-08-2009, 05:53 PM
Also, see Engel's and the next talk here: