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public function SetShadowSamplingMode(shadowmap: Rendering.RenderTargetIdentifier, mode: Rendering.ShadowSamplingMode): void;
public void SetShadowSamplingMode(Rendering.RenderTargetIdentifier shadowmap, Rendering.ShadowSamplingMode mode);


shadowmap Shadowmap render target to change the sampling mode on.
mode New sampling mode.


Add a "set shadow sampling mode" command.

Shadowmap render textures are normally set up to be sampled with a comparison filter - the sampler gets a shadow-space depth value of the screen pixel and returns 0 or 1, depending on if the depth value in the shadowmap is smaller or larger. That's the default ShadowSamplingMode.CompareDepths mode and is used for rendering shadows.

If you'd like to access the shadowmap values as in a regular texture, set the sampling mode to ShadowSamplingMode.RawDepth.

Shadowmap's sampling mode will be reverted to default after the the last command in the current CommandBuffer.

Check SystemInfo.supportsRawShadowDepthSampling to verify if current runtime platform supports sampling shadows this way. Notably, DirectX9 does not.

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using UnityEngine;
using UnityEngine.Rendering;

[RequireComponent(typeof(Camera))] public class RawShadowmapDepth : MonoBehaviour {

public Light m_Light; RenderTexture m_ShadowmapCopy;

void Start() { RenderTargetIdentifier shadowmap = BuiltinRenderTextureType.CurrentActive; m_ShadowmapCopy = new RenderTexture (1024, 1024, 0); CommandBuffer cb = new CommandBuffer(); // Change shadow sampling mode for m_Light's shadowmap. cb.SetShadowSamplingMode(shadowmap, ShadowSamplingMode.RawDepth);

// The shadowmap values can now be sampled normally - copy it to a different render texture. cb.Blit(shadowmap, new RenderTargetIdentifier(m_ShadowmapCopy));

// Execute after the shadowmap has been filled. m_Light.AddCommandBuffer(LightEvent.AfterShadowMap, cb);

// Sampling mode is restored automatically after this command buffer completes, so shadows will render normally. }

void OnRenderImage(RenderTexture src, RenderTexture dest) { // Display the shadowmap in the corner. Camera.main.rect = new Rect(0, 0, 0.5f, 0.5f); Graphics.Blit(m_ShadowmapCopy, dest); Camera.main.rect = new Rect(0, 0, 1, 1); } }